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Marcus Samuelsson arrives in sunny Los Angeles to meet with Armenians influencing the city’s food scene. Armenian food is diaspora food — the community is widespread, building homes in countries like Turkey and Syria following the Armenian Genocide. Watch as Marcus gets to know the people retaining and growing the city’s Armenian food culture, from traditional favorites like manti, ponchiki, and lule kabob to next-generation takes including barbecue and even shawarma tacos.

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Ara ZadaAra Zada

Born and raised in Los Angeles Ara spent most of his younger years skateboarding and snowboarding though he always had his heart in the kitchen. He attended culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu and built a career as an Executive Chef specializing in recipe development and food styling. He has worked with Jaime Oliver Food Revolution, Food Network, ABC, CBS, NBC, Breville, Gelson’s and a range of others. He is a bow hunter, triathlete and fills any available time he has training parkour. He is currently finishing up his cookbook Lavash with coauthors Kate Leahy and John Lee set to be released October 29th 2019.

Arthur GrigoryanArthur Grigoryan

Arthur Grigoryanan is an Armenian chef/pitmaster from Los Angeles, California.His career in cooking started after high school when he moved to France and spent two years studying the cuisine and gastronomy of the country working at Drouant under Chef Antoine Westermann in Paris and Château Siaurac in Bordeaux. Upon returning to his home of Los Angeles, he managed to get a job working for Nancy Silverton at Mozza where he was introduced to a more traditional rustic approach to cooking through Italian cuisine. During a trip to Texas he was introduced to American BBQ; he stood in line at Franklin’s BBQ in Austin for five hours and when he took the first bite of brisket he had an epiphany which led him to change paths in his career from fine dining to BBQ. He now runs an underground Armenian barbecue operation called III Mas BBQ named after the neighborhood his family in Yerevan, Armenia is from. The name III Mas translates to “Third District.”

Armen MartirosyanArmen Martirosyan

Armen Martirosyan is a chef at Mini Kabob, an Armenian restaurant in Los Angeles. He’s also the founder of Mid East Tacos, a Middle Eastern/Mexican fusion pop-up and food cart, also in L.A. At Mid East Tacos, Martirosyan uses Armenian recipes that were passed down for generations with Egyptian influence and a twist of a Mexican fusion that bring mouthwatering ingredients to create kabob and falafel tacos and kabob burritos.


Where Marcus Visited in Los Angeles

  • Sahag's BasturmaSahag’s Basturma
    5183 Sunset Blvd
    Los Angeles, CA 90027
  • Kozanian MarketKozanian Market
    356 N Chevy Chase Dr
    Glendale, CA 91206
  • Papillon International BakeryPapillon International Bakery
    1817 W Glenoaks Blvd
    Glendale, CA 91201
  • Mini KabobMini Kabob
    313 1/2 Vine St
    Glendale, CA 91204
  • PhoeniciaPhoenicia
    343 N Central Ave
    Glendale, CA 91203
  • Heritage EateryHeritage Eatery
    2605, 115 W Wilson Ave
    Glendale, CA 91203
  • Su-Beoreg and Monta FactorySu-Beoreg and Monta Factory
    1531 E Washington Blvd
    Pasadena, CA 91104


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

  • No Passport Required: Seattle Seattle Marcus Samuelsson goes to Seattle, where he spends time with immigrant and second-generation Filipinos who are taking charge of their city’s food scene.
  • 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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