It's safe to say there is no longer resume in the world of food journalism - or even entertainment - than that of Padma Lakshmi. The Emmy Award-winning television host is also a cookbook author, an esteemed producer and a powerful activist. On top of hosting Top Chef for over 15 years, Lakshmi counts co-founding the Endometriosis Foundation of America and working with the United Nations Development Program on her long list of credentials.
Her latest project though, was one self-admittedly born from frustration. “I was tired of certain people getting to decide who an American was and what American food is,” she in an interview. “All my life in food, I’ve heard [the term] ‘New American cuisine.’ What the hell is that? I just wanted to go and find out.”
Her new 10-episode series, Taste The Nation, which she developed, produced, and hosts, poses the question, What is American food? The Hulu series looks to give voice to immigrant communities, a topic close to Lakshmi, who immigrated from Madras (now Chennai), India when she was four, and is an outspoken advocate for both the independent restaurant industry and immigrant rights.
"Meeting these people reinforced something I have always known: We are all connected and much more alike than we are different. We all want to be able to send our kids to a good school, to have a comfortable home that feels secure and is free from violence," she told InStyle.
Watch the trailer below: