By NAN Travel Editor
News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. June 22, 2018: Award-winning James Beard celebrity chef turned travel host, Marcus Samuelsson, is putting the spotlight on Indo-Caribbean immigrant community in Queens, NY.
Samuelsson, whose new TV show “No Passport Required,” is set to premiere July 10th on PBS, will focus his July 31st episode on the local Indo-Caribbean community and its cuisine and culture in Richmond Hill, Queens, NY.
In the show’s fourth episode, the Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised chef rides the subway from Harlem to Richmond Hill to try Trinidadian roti and doubles, cook a traditional Guyanese chicken curry for the springtime festival of Phagwah and play cricket.
He also joined Guyanese-American DJ and music producer, Jonathan Madray, known as JonOne, at the entertainer’s home for a traditional meal with his family.
The six-part series first, announced last fall follows the “Chopped” judge and co-owner of popular Harlem eatery Red Rooster to immigrant communities across the US to showcase the diversity of their cuisines and cultures.
“Chasing flavors has been my lifelong passion,” Samuelsson said in a statement earlier this year. “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.”
In New York City, the combined foreign-born population of Guyana and Trinidad is put conservatively at 227,582. More than half of all Guyanese immigrants and 40% of all Trinidadian immigrants in the United States live in New York City.
In Queens, which has the largest concentration of Indo-Caribbean nationals among the five boroughs, Guyanese represent the second largest foreign-born population with over 82,000 individuals trailing only Chinese immigrants who account for over 142,000, according to the Indo-Caribbean Alliance, Inc.