NO PASSPORT REQUIRED with Marcus Samuelsson Returns for Second Season on PBS
Premiering This Fall, New Season Explores the Food and Culture of America’s Thriving Immigrant Communities in Boston, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Seattle
PASADENA, CA; February 1, 2019 – Today at the Television Critics Association Winter Press Tour, PBS and Vox Media’s Eater, the leading lifestyle network focused on food and travel, announced that NO PASSPORT REQUIRED, hosted and executive produced by renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson, will return for a second season this fall. Once again, Marcus will explore six different American cities, visiting with both professional chefs and home cooks, for an in-depth look at the rich diversity of immigrant traditions and cuisines woven into American food and culture.
This season, NO PASSPORT REQUIRED will travel to Houston, home to one of the highest numbers of West African expatriates of any U.S. city; the Filipino American community in Seattle, who are part of the city’s longstanding Asian Pacific American heritage; Los Angeles, where the world’s second-largest Armenian community resides; and Boston, where Marcus explores Portuguese-speaking cultures and cuisines from three different locales: Brazil, Cape Verde and Portugal. Other episodes focus on the Chinese American community in Las Vegas, which has grown tremendously over the last 20 years, and Philadelphia, where Italian Americans have thrived for generations. In each city, he’ll visit local restaurants, markets and family homes, learning about each community’s cuisine and heritage.
An immigrant himself – born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, now a celebrated chef, restaurateur, author and resident of Harlem – Marcus Samuelsson is passionate about sharing and celebrating the food of America’s vibrant communities. Each episode shows how important food can be in bringing Americans – old and new – together around the table.
“I’m so happy to be working on a second season of NO PASSPORT REQUIRED,” said Samuelsson. “We have only begun to scratch the surface of the amazing range of immigrant cultures and cuisines found in the U.S. It’s exciting to go on this journey once again and bring attention to these diverse communities that contribute so much to our nation.”
“NO PASSPORT REQUIRED was one of our freshest and most popular new shows last year,” said Pamela A. Aguilar, Senior Director, PBS Programming. “It included new perspectives and provided a unique lens that brought younger audiences to PBS, who connected with Marcus and the culture and cuisine of these diverse communities. We’re delighted to present a new season of this inclusive series that is part of the PBS commitment to provide programming that is reflective of all Americans.”
“We are thrilled to be working with PBS and Marcus to continue capturing these authentic stories focusing on the communities that make this nation so rich and dynamic,” said Marty Moe, President, Vox Media. “Serving both the PBS and Eater audiences with premium nonfiction television inspired by great journalism, next generation talent and a collective deep curiosity about the world is a priority for Vox Entertainment.”
“Season one of NO PASSPORT REQUIRED was Eater’s first foray into television, and we’re proud to be working with PBS on a second season to celebrate America’s diverse cultural mosaic with these six new locations and communities,” said Sonia Chopra, Eater’s Director of Editorial Strategy and a co-executive producer on the show. “Offering a platform for immigrant communities to share their stories is what truly makes this docu-series so special.”
A series of events will bring the featured cuisines to audiences in each city through recipes, behind-the-scenes photos and exclusive digital content on Eater and PBS.org, and through local outreach by PBS member stations and Eater’s local city platforms.
NO PASSPORT REQUIRED is executive produced by Marty Moe, Chad Mumm, Amanda Kludt, Jim Bankoff, Joanna Forscher and Marcus Samuelsson for Vox Entertainment. Sonia Chopra is co-executive producer for Eater. Pamela A. Aguilar is the executive in charge for PBS.