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No Passport Required: Las Vegas


Stream Starting January 20

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Marcus Samuelsson visits Las Vegas to learn more about the city’s long-standing Chinese community and their food traditions. He makes hand-pulled noodles and Peking duck, eats regional favorites from xiao long bar and beef noodle soup to cumin lamb and fish braised in clay pots. Marcus also learns about the traditions of herbal medicine and teas prevalent in the community, and watches Chinese musicians play the drums and dance in a rehearsal before enjoying a home-cooked meal with the dancers and their families.



Faces of Las Vegas

Sam HuangSam Huang

Sam Huang, an entrepreneur with a vision of food and beverage industry in Las Vegas. Sam graduated from The University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelor’s Degree in Hospitality, Food and Beverage Administration in 2013. Before Sam had decided to start his new journey as an entrepreneur, he interned at China One, Szechuan Restaurant, and Chen’s Chinese. He obtained great insight and management skills in food and beverage management. Sam has also worked as brand ambassador and sales consultant of the famous Italian luxury retail brand Bottega Veneta, assisting with marketing strategies, planning and employee training. In 2016, Sam founded his very first restaurant – Shang Artisan Noodle, a Chinese noodle workshop serving traditional hand-pulled noodles and knife-shaved noodles in a contemporary fashion. After 3 years in business, Shang has become one of the most popular restaurants in Las Vegas.

Sheridan SuSheridan Su

Sheridan Su grew up in Monterey Park, CA. There, he began his culinary upbringing in what is now considered one of the largest culinary playgrounds in the country. He trained at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park and at many prestigious kitchens from NYC, Boston to Los Angeles. In 2005, Sheridan made the move to Las Vegas to join the opening teams of Joel Robuchon, Social House, Wazuzu, and Comme Ca at the Cosmopolitan. Since opening his first independent restaurant, Great Bao in 2011, Chef Sheridan has opened Fat Choy, Flock & Fowl and Flock Downtown. These restaurants have captured the attention Food & Wine, NY Times, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, Las Vegas Weekly, The Review Journal, NPR, Food Arts and The Food Network. In 2018 and 2019, Sheridan was nominated for “Best Chef: West” by the prestigious James Beard Foundation.

Crystal YuanCrystal Yuan

Passionate about music and event planning, Crystal has played in hundreds of weddings both locally and internationally within the 25 years that she has been playing the violin. She is currently a violinist in Celine Dion and Rod Stewart’s Las Vegas productions at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace. She has also had the honor of performing around the world with many amazing artists and shows including Barbra Streisand, Mannheim Steamroller, Beyonce, John Legend, Shakira, Andrea Bocelli, Rascal Flatts, Ronnie Dunn, Taylor Swift, Phantom at the Venetian, Lion King at Mandalay Bay, and many Academy of Country Music Awards and Latin Grammy Awards. You can also catch Crystal playing with Pop Evolution at The Smith Center and BBR’s production of Alice at various venues. When she is not performing, Crystal stays on top of her game by teaching a studio of private violin students. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, cooking and hostessing various events including wedding showers and baby showers.


Where Marcus Visited in Las Vegas

  • Mott 32Mott 32
    3325 S Las Vegas Blvd #206
    Las Vegas, NV 89109
  • KJ KitchenKJ Kitchen
    5960 Spring Mountain Rd
    Las Vegas, NV 89102
  • Chengdu TasteChengdu Taste
    3950 Schiff Dr
    Las Vegas, NV 89103
  • T&T GinsengT&T Ginseng
    4115 Spring Mountain Rd # E103
    Las Vegas, NV 89102
  • Yi Mei Champion Taiwan DeliYi Mei Champion Taiwan Deli
    4300 Spring Mountain Rd #116
    Las Vegas, NV 89102
  • Shang Artisan NoodleShang Artisan Noodle
    4983 W Flamingo Rd B
    Las Vegas, NV 89103
  • Tea & WhiskTea & Whisk
    10271 S Eastern Ave #116
    Henderson, NV 89052
  • Kung Fu Thai and Chinese RestaurantKung Fu Thai and Chinese Restaurant
    3505 S Valley View Blvd
    Las Vegas, NV 89103
  • Chubby CattleChubby Cattle
    3400 S Jones Blvd #15
    Las Vegas, NV 89146
  • Fat ChoyFat Choy
    595 E Sahara Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89104
  • Flock & FowlFlock & Fowl
    150 Las Vegas Blvd N Suite 100
    Las Vegas, NV 89101


Meet Marcus Samuelsson

Marcus SamuelssonMarcus Samuelsson is the acclaimed chef behind Red Rooster Harlem, Ginny’s Supper Club, Marcus at the Hamilton Princess & Beach Club in Bermuda, Norda Bar & Grill in Gothenburg, Sweden, and in 2017, Red Rooster Shoreditch in London and Marcus B&P in Newark. He has thrilled the food scene with a blend of culture and artistic excellence, first catching the attention of the culinary world at Aquavit. During his tenure as executive chef there, he received an impressive three-star rating from The New York Times, the youngest person ever to receive such an accolade. Continue Reading


Season 2 Episodes

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  • No Passport Required: Los Angeles Los Angeles Marcus Samuelsson arrives in sunny Los Angeles to meet with Armenians influencing the city’s food scene.
  • No Passport Required: Houston Houston Marcus Samuelsson visits Houston to learn more about food and community in the Nigerian and greater West African diaspora.
  • No Passport Required: Philadelphia Philadelphia Marcus Samuelsson heads to Philadelphia, where he meets new friends and old and learns more about the city’s Italian food scene.
  • No Passport Required: Las Vegas Las Vegas Marcus Samuelsson visits Las Vegas to learn more about the city’s long-standing Chinese community and their food traditions.
  • No Passport Required: Boston Boston Marcus Samuelsson goes to the greater Boston area to learn more about Portuguese, Brazilian, and Cape Verdean food traditions.


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