Padma Lakshmi has revealed the name of her new Hulu show. In an interview with AOL's Gibson Johns, the “Top Chef” host said that her show “Taste the Nation,” will “show what the country really looks like and how we eat.”
She told Johns that the show was her idea, that she created it and is also the executive producer. "[But] this show isn’t about me,” she said. “It’s about using other people’s stories to prove my point about American culture and American food. It’s using food as a vehicle to talk about larger topics that are difficult to talk about in our society, but I think are worthwhile.”
Earlier in July, in announcing Lakshmi’s show, Hulu said The 10-episode series is designed to serve as a "living cookbook, made up more from people and culture than recipes.”
Each 30-minute episode will start with a single dish that represents and connects a community's history and traditions, and explores the evolution of that community through that cuisine. The show, filmed around the country, will showcase everything from street food to high-end restaurants.
Laksmi said that despite the new show she’s very much a part of the Bravo show. "The first thing that keeps me there is to understand how lucky I am to have a long-running show, and that to step away from that would be difficult for me, because it’s not just me Tom [Colicchio] and Gail [Simmons], but 150 people behind the scenes that really work very hard," she said. "It’s something that I take great proprietorship in."