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PBS Program Highlights Nigerian Food And Culture In Houston

Chef Marcus Samuelsson of the series No Passport Required tells us about his visit here.

Marcus Samuelsson At Suya Hut
Chef Marcus Samuelsson (second from left) diring at Houston’s Suya Hut.

Chef Marcus Samuelsson has a unique perspective on food and culture, with family roots in Sweden and Ethiopia.

His exposure to those cultures and their cuisine has helped spark his interest in learning about food from all over the world and how it's woven into American food and culture.

That's the subject of his PBS series No Passport Required, which, in an episode airing on Jan. 27 at 8 p.m. on Houston Public Media TV 8, highlights the food and culture of Houston's Nigerian community and that of other West African cultures found in the city.

Last year, Samuelsson told Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn what intrigues him about Nigerian cuisine and culture here.

You can hear their full conversation in the audio above.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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