Eater, the leading food and dining brand from Vox Media, has partnered with PBS to launch “No Passport Required”(working title). Hosted by internationally renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson (pictured), the series is intended to celebrate America’s diverse cultural as Samuelsson travels to under-explored parts of American cities to showcase the people, places, and culinary flavors of immigrant communities.
Samuelsson, who is an immigrant himself and co-owner of New York’s critically acclaimed Red Rooster Harlem, is a celebrated award-winning chef, author, philanthropist and food activist. He has earned five James Beard Awards, and was named the youngest chef ever to receive a three-star review from The New York Times, Additionally, Samuelsson 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.
“Chasing flavors has been my lifelong passion,” expressed 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.”
Production on the series is set to start this year and marks Eater’s first expansion into network television programming. The six episode series will be produced by Vox Entertainment, Vox Media’s Los Angeles-based development, production, and distribution division. Executive producers include Marty Moe, Chad Mumm, Amanda Kludt, Jim Bankoff, and Samuelsson for Vox Entertainment. Pamela A. Aguilar and Bill Gardner are executives in charge for PBS.
“No Passport Required” is expected premiere in 2018 on PBS member stations and online platforms.
Michael Kelley, Senior Vice President of Programming and Business Affairs for PBS, established the partnership between PBS and Vox Media, overseeing the details of the deal.