KUED Premieres Ethnic Cooking Series
In big cities and small towns across America, tight-knit pockets of immigrant communities are cooking up the bold and unique flavors of their homeland — and simultaneously preserving their traditions, culture, and heritage.
Hosted by internationally renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson, No Passport Required celebrates America's diverse cultural mosaic as Samuelsson travels to under-explored parts of American cities to showcase the people, places, and culinary flavors of immigrant communities. The six-part series premieres Tuesday, July 11 at 8:00 p.m. on KUED.
Samuelsson is co-owner of New York’s critically-acclaimed Red Rooster Harlem. Born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, and a proud resident of Harlem, he is inspired by his global background to infuse his culinary experiences with diverse elements of music, history, culture, and the arts.
He is an award-winning chef, restaurateur, author, philanthropist, and food activist. Samuelsson’s accolades include earning five James Beard Awards, being named the youngest chef ever to receive a three-star review from The New York Times, and having the honor of cooking for the Obama administration’s first state dinner. He is an ambassador for UNICEF, co-founder of the Harlem EatUp! Festival, and the co-chair of the board of Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP).
“Chasing flavors has been my lifelong passion,” says Samuelsson. “To now be able to bring viewers on that journey with me to these amazing communities in cities across the U.S. is truly a dream come true. We get to go deep into the markets, pull up to the roadside stands, and be welcomed into homes — all the places where people share and celebrate food together.”
No Passport Required is produced by Vox Entertainment. The series follows Samuelsson as he explores communities that reveal the best global cuisine hidden in America’s backyards — from the flavorful fare of Washington, D.C.’s Little Ethiopia to Fremont, California’s Little Kabul with its large Afghan population, to the thriving Vietnamese shrimpers on the bayous of Louisiana.
“In No Passport Required, Chef Samuelsson explores the intersection between food and culture and the ways in which immigrant communities in various cities have come together to enhance the American experience,” says Marty Moe, President, Vox Media.