Chef Marcus Samuelsson's new PBS show, "No Passport Required," starts the season Tuesday at 9 p.m. with visits to Detroit and Dearborn in what sounds like an Anthony Bourdain-like show.
Melodey Baetens writes in The Detroit News:
He packs a lot into the 60-minute show, visiting local chefs, family homes and a huge Lebanese wedding in Dearborn, as well as places in Detroit such as Eastern Market and Assemble Sound recording studio.
“I’ve been coming to Detroit for a long time, and I really love the city,” Samuelsson tells the paper. “We were looking for iconic cities that all of us in production really loved and cared about. And also cities where you can tell a story about the immigrant community.”
He owns the acclaimed Red Rooster Harlem restaurant in Manhattan.
PBS describes the show:
The program, and it’s host Marcus Samuelsson, will celebrate America’s plentiful and varied races, religions, and cultures, by traversing the country in search of the enclaves in America’s cities and towns that have strong, richly authentic ethnic communities – entering their homes, restaurants, social gatherings, and partaking in cultural activities unique to their homeland.
An immigrant himself — born in Ethiopia, raised in Sweden, now a celebrated chef, restaurateur, author and resident of Harlem — Marcus brings a particular resonance to his observations as he travels across the country. “I absolutely believe in the American dream,” he said. “It’s inspired people from all over the world to come here. And what would America be without all the immigrants? Not as delicious! Not as tasty!”