Eat up: Samuelsson returns with more 'No Passport Required'

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Chef Marcus Samuelsson’s "No Passport Required" will return Jan. 20.

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Chef Marcus Samuelsson will visit new cities when his show No Passport Required returns in January.

Following a Dec. 13 preview, the series will return with new episodes at 8 p.m. Mondays from Jan. 20 to Feb. 17.

An immigrant himself — born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, now a celebrated chef, restaurateur, author and resident of Harlem —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 present this second season of No Passport Required,” Samuelsson said. “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.”

Season 2 premieres with new episodes on Mondays from Jan. 20 to Feb. 17.

The series travels to Los Angeles (Jan. 20), where the largest Armenian community outside of the homeland resides; Houston (Jan. 27), home to one of the highest numbers of West African expatriates of any U.S. city; and Philadelphia (Feb. 3), where Italian Americans have thrived for generations. Other episodes focus on the Chinese American community in Las Vegas (Feb. 10), which has grown tremendously over the last 20 years, and Boston (Feb. 17), where Marcus explores Portuguese-speaking cultures and cuisines from three different locales: Brazil, Cape Verde and Portugal.

In each city, he’ll visit local restaurants, markets and family homes, learning about each community’s cuisine and heritage. No Passport Required is part of special programming focused on America’s history, food and culture premiering from January to March 2020 on PBS.

An immigrant himself — born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, now a celebrated chef, restaurateur, author and resident of Harlem — 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 present this 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.”

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