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Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi is getting her own series on Hulu in which she will travel across the states to showcase different culinary traditions and meals, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The currently untitled series will consist of 10 half-hour episodes.
“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 said in a statement, according to Entertainment Tonight.
The Indian American author and model described the project as “her dream come true” in an Instagram post.
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Creating this show with @hulu is my dream come true. I get to meet so many inspiring immigrants from around the country and explore their cultural/personal narratives through their food. ?????????? “It’s the first solo food vehicle for Lakshmi… 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.” – @hollywoodreporter #immigrantsmakeamericagreat #weareallimmigrants
The post explains that each episode begins with one dish—anything from a family recipe to a meal at a high-end restaurant—and Lakshmi will explore how the dish is rooted in the community’s history and traditions and, accordingly, how the community evolved through its cuisine.
“Each 30-minute episode follows Padma as she learns, immerses and celebrates communities from around the world that have taken root in America, changed it and been changed by it,” announced Hulu.
Lakshmi continues to branch out in the food industry; according to Food & Wine, she also partnered with the Stacy’s Rise project earlier this year. The initiative provides support to women in the food industry, giving finalists $20,000 of funding and access to a three-month mentorship program. Lakshmi told Food & Wine that some of the most rewarding time in her life has been spent mentoring young women and seeing them grow.
A release date for the series has not been announced yet.
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