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Padma Lakshmi’s ‘Taste the Nation’ to Premiere on Hulu in June

Fern Siegel

Hulu is upping its original food series with “Taste The Nation With Padma Lakshmi.” All 10, half-hour episodes will be available on June 19.

“Taste” is part of the upcoming food-focused Hulu Kitchen.

In the show, the award-winning cookbook author and “Top Chef” host explores the diverse food cultures of U.S. immigrant groups that have helped defined American cuisine. She will visit 10 different cities — kick-starting each episode with one dish, a family recipe, and detail the dish’s genesis in that specific community.

Lakshmi’s journey is both culinary and history; the people she meets help define complex notions of identity and what it means to be an American in the 21st century.

“What has been great for me is to really find out how much people [stay] attached to their heritage through food and how they pass those traditions on to the next generation,” she shared. “A lot of second- and third-generation immigrants don’t speak their mother tongue. They don’t wear those traditional clothes. They don’t live in that culture,” she told PureWow.

The series is produced by Lakshmi and Par2 Pictures.

Lakshmi also returns to TV for season 17 of “Top Chef,” which premieres on Bravo March 19.

Photo credit: Dominic Valente/Hulu