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Watch: Marcus Samuelsson Dives Into the Heart of Seattle’s Filipino Food Community

On a brand-new episode of Eater’s PBS show, chef Marcus Samuelsson explores Seattle’s Filipino food scene

Host Marcus Samuelsson holding a crab in a home kitchen for the Seattle episode of No Passport Required.

No Passport Required is back. The first episode of Season 2 airs tonight, Friday, December 13, at 9/8c.

In “Seattle,” host Marcus Samuelsson spends time with immigrant and second-generation Filipinos who are taking charge of their city’s food scene. As Filipino food gains more national, mainstream recognition, members of the community are working to tell the story on their own terms. In this episode, Marcus meets chefs and restaurateurs who have been serving Filipino food in the city for decades, including in Seattle’s iconic Pike Place Market. He also gets to know younger chefs and entrepreneurs and sees how they put their spin on their culture’s food traditions. From chicken adobo to ube cheesecake, with longganisa, arroz caldo, and lots of lechon in between, the food in this episode represents a community that’s proud of its history and its future.

Additional episodes: Each hour-long episode focuses on a different immigrant community in a new city: In addition to Seattle, the series travels to Los Angeles (January 20), where the largest Armenian community outside of the homeland resides; Houston (January 27), home to one of the highest numbers of West African expatriates of any U.S. city; and Philadelphia (February 3), where Italian Americans have thrived for generations. Other episodes focus on the Chinese American community in Las Vegas (February 10), which has grown tremendously over the last 20 years, and Boston (February 17), where Marcus explores Portuguese-speaking cultures and cuisines from three different locales: Brazil, Cape Verde and Portugal. The episodes air weekly on PBS, and all will be available for streaming on January 20.

Missed Season 1? Stream full episodes from the entire first season now, or check out recaps and more intel on No Passport Required here.

Online and on social: Tag @eater, @pbs, and #NoPassRequiredPBS if you share clips, pictures, or quotes from the show. Check back on Eater Seattle in January to see a map of the restaurants featured in the episode, and head to PBS to learn more about the show, find character bios, and get recipes to cook at home.

No Passport Required is produced for PBS by Eater and Vox Media Studios, part of Vox Media. Stream full episodes on Eater and PBS, or check local listings. Get more information on the show at