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 (Feb. 11) 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.
“It was an eye-opener and so many lightbulb moments for me,” he said. Ludacris isn’t the only entertainer in 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 interested in food when “there was a placenta that was attached to me when I was in my mother’s womb.” But his mother, Roberta, didn’t set much of an example in the kitchen.