Ludacris Hits The Kitchen in ‘Luda Can’t Cook’ Special.
Ludacris can rap, write songs, and act. He just can’t cook, and no, opening cans and slapping together bologna or grilled cheese sandwiches doesn’t count. Back in his days of, as he says, not having “two nickels to rub together,” Ludacris would throw together whatever he could find, chow down and obtain back to his music.
“When men like myself are hungry, we just want to eat,” he said Thursday (Feb. 11) on a video call. “We don’t want to require half-hour to an hour to cook.” He’s finally upping his skills within the kitchen in Luda Can’t Cook, a one-hour special that debuts Feb. 25 on the discovery+ plus streaming service. He gets schooled by chef Meherwan Irani, who introduces Ludacris to international flavors and techniques.
“It was an eye-opener then many lightbulb moments on behalf of me ,” he said. Ludacris isn’t the sole entertainer within the kitchen. Singer Selena Gomez has been upping her quarantine cooking skills on Selana + Chef, which was renewed for a second season on HBO Max. Ludacris first got curious about food when “there was a placenta that was attached to me once I was in my mother’s womb.” But his mother, Roberta, didn’t set much of an example within the kitchen.
“I love my mother with all my heart. My mother wasn’t the simplest cook within the world,” he said. “Her food and cooking has gotten better and better over an extended period of your time .” Ludacris cedes to his wife, Eudoxie, who is from the west African country of Gabon, in their fully equipped kitchen. “She does all the cooking, which is a component of the rationale I can’t cook,” he said. “She has her own style and she’s very, excellent at it.”
Will Packer, who executive produces the show along side Ludacris, admits he previously wouldn’t eat anything prepared by Ludacris. “I would eat your cooking now,” Packer said. “If I had a choice, you or your wife, i’m definitely eating your wife’s cooking first.” Ludacris tries his hand at Indian food within the show.
“It’s so complex that I just wanted to know how it’s made,” he said. The irony of not having the ability to even cook rice (“it’s getting to stick with the pot”) and owning a stake in Chicken + Beer, a restaurant serving Southern-style food inside the Atlanta airport, isn’t lost on the Grammy-winning rapper. At an equivalent time, he wants to correct one thing. “The whole Luda can’t cook is merely 99% true,” he said. “There’s 1%; I can cook tacos.”