Tuesdays Jul. 10 - Aug. 14, 9pm on WKAR-HD 23.1 | Hosted by renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson, No Passport Required takes viewers on an inspiring journey across the U.S. to explore and celebrate the wide-ranging diversity of immigrant traditions and cuisine woven into American food and culture.
Chef Marcus Samuelsson explores the best global cuisine in America’s communities from Washington, D.C.’s Little Ethiopia to Fremont, California’s Little Kabul, with its large Afghan population, to the Vietnamese shrimpers on the bayous of Louisiana to Dearborn, Michigan, with its large Arab American community.
July 10 | No Passport Required: Detroit
Join chef Marcus Samuelsson to explore the culture and flavor of Detroit’s Middle Eastern community. Marcus shares a meal with a Syrian refugee family, eats falafel, learns how to make Iraqi bread, and attends an amazing 700-person Lebanese wedding.
July 17 | No Passport Required: New Orleans
Chef Marcus Samuelsson discovers how Vietnamese cuisine and culture have influenced the city in delicious ways. From pho to banh mi, he learns how young chefs are taking culinary traditions and translating them for a new, multicultural generation.
July 24 | No Passport Required: Chicago
Chef Marcus Samuelsson visits the city’s longstanding Mexican community — the second largest in the U.S. — to learn about its heritage and cuisine. He tastes tacos de cecina and grilled nopales, and learns the secrets of mole sauce from a master.
July 31 | No Passport Required: Queens, NYC
Chef Marcus Samuelsson goes inside the Indo-Guyanese community to explore its roots and cuisine. Marcus eats Trinidadian roti, visits a cross-cultural bush cook, plays cricket and learns how to make a traditional Guyanese chicken curry.
August 7 | No Passport Required: Miami
Chef Marcus Samuelsson explores the cuisine, culture and history of the Haitian community. From tropical, tangy soursop ice cream to mamba spread to soupe joumou and deep-fried pate korde, Marcus eats his way through Haiti’s culinary classics.
August 14 | No Passport Required: D.C.
Chef Marcus Samuelsson dines, dances and dishes with the Ethiopian community in the nation’s capital. He enjoys staples like kifto and injera, and celebrates the culture through cooking, dance and a traditional coffee ceremony.