Ludacris can rap, write songs and act. He just can’t cook and no, opening cans and beating bologna or grilled cheese sandwiches doesn’t count.
In his days when, as he says, he didn’t have “two nickels to rub together,” Ludacris tossed everything he could find, chowed, and went back to his music.
“When men like me are hungry, we just want to eat,” he said on a video call Thursday. “We don’t want it to take 30 minutes to an hour to cook.”
He’s finally improving his kitchen skills in “Luda Can’t Cook,” an hour-long special that hits the Discovery + Plus streaming service on February 25th. He is tutored by Chef Meherwan Irani, who introduces Ludacris to international flavors and techniques.
“It was an eye opener and so many light bulb moments for me,” he said.
Ludacris isn’t the only entertainer in the kitchen. Singer Selena Gomez improved her quarantine cooking skills on Selana + Chef, which was renewed for a second season on HBO Max.
Ludacris first became interested in food when “a placenta stuck to me when I was in the womb”.
But his mother Roberta didn’t set a good example in the kitchen.
“I love my mother with all my heart. My mother wasn’t the best cook in the world, ”he said. “Your food and cooking have gotten better and better over a long period of time.”
Ludacris cedes his wife Eudoxie, who comes from the West African nation of Gabon, in her fully equipped kitchen.
“She cooks anything, which is part of the reason I can’t cook,” he said. “She has her own style and she’s very, very good at it.”
Will Packer, who co-produces the show with Ludacris, admits he hasn’t previously eaten anything Ludacris made.
“I would eat your kitchen now,” said Packer. “If I had a choice, you or your wife, I would definitely eat your wife’s kitchen first.”
Ludacris tries her hand at Indian food on the show. “It’s so complex that I just wanted to understand how it’s done,” he said.
The irony of not even being able to cook rice (“it will stick to the pot”) and having a stake in Chicken + Beer, a restaurant that serves Mediterranean-style comfort dishes at the Atlanta airport, is not lost at the Grammy-winning Rapper.
At the same time he wants to correct one thing.
“The whole Luda can’t cook, it’s only 99% true,” he said. “There is 1%; I can cook tacos. “
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