LOS ANGELES (AP) — 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 get back to his music.
“When men like myself are hungry, we just want to eat,” he said Thursday on a video call. “We don’t want to take 30 minutes to an hour to cook.”
He’s finally upping his skills in 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.
“I would eat your cooking now,” Packer said. “If I had a choice, you or your wife, I am definitely eating your wife’s cooking first.”
Ludacris tries his hand at Indian food in the show. “It’s so complex that I just wanted to understand how it’s made,” he said.
The irony of not being able to even cook rice (“it’s going to stick to the pot”) and owning a stake in Chicken + Beer, a restaurant serving Southern-style comfort food inside the Atlanta airport, isn’t lost on the Grammy-winning rapper.
At the same time, he wants to correct one thing.
“The whole Luda can’t cook is only 99% true,” he said. “There’s 1%; I can cook tacos.”