Padma Lakshmi to Explore Culinary Traditions of Immigrant Communities in New Hulu Series

TCA 2019: She will go to “communities from around the world that have taken root in America, changed it and been changed by it”

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Hulu is cooking up more food programming. The streaming service has ordered a new series from Padma Lakshmi, in which she’ll explore the culinary traditions of America’s immigrant communities.

Each half hour of the 10-episode series follows the “Top Chef” judge as she “learns, immerses and celebrates communities from around the world that have taken root in America, changed it and been changed by it.”

Here’s the official description for the currently untitled show, which is produced by Part2 Pictures and produced by Part2 as well as Lakshmi’s Delicious Entertainment, Inc.:

The Untitled Padma Lakshmi Series is a living cookbook made up more from people and culture than recipes. Curated by Emmy®-nominated host and author Padma Lakshmi (Top Chef), the series embraces culinary traditions from the first Americans to the latest arrivals alongside Padma’s perspectives and personal connection to each story. Filmed around the country, each episode starts with a single dish that represents and connects to a community’s history and traditions, and explores the evolution of that immigrant community through that cuisine. From family recipes and street food to high-end restaurants, each dish explored is a symbol of a unique journey and story that provides viewers a window into where communities came from and the tale of how they set roots in America. In the hands of different families and waves of immigration, an organic evolution emerges between traditional recipes and new approaches, different perspectives and emotions, all captured thru Padma’s eyes.

Hulu’s senior vice president of originals, Craig Erwich, announced the new series during the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour Friday.

He also revealed the streaming service has renewed the critically acclaimed dystopian drama “The Handmaid’s Tale” for Season 4, set a new comedy starring Amy Schumer, added Mahershala Ali to Season 2 of “Ramy,” set premiere dates for new shows “Dollface” and “Reprisal,” as well as Season 3 of “Marvel’s Runaways,” and released a teaser for “Looking for Alaska” and a trailer for “Wu-Tang: An American Saga.”