Imagine attending a dinner party hosted by Martha Stewart and
This sort of scenario actually happens on "Martha and Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party," a new show that premiers on VHI Friday night. The premise? Stewart and Snoop, the friends you wish you had, have a dinner party with unlikely guests and a great musical performance. Episodes are themed — fried chicken is one of them —and there's a competition element to the show, as Stewart and Snoop attempt to one-up each other in the kitchen.
Stewart and Snoop were notably thrown together at the Comedy Central roast of Justin Beiber. We recently sat down with the pair at Four Seasons Los Angeles Beverly Hills to talk cooking, cocktails and cannabis.
How did the two of you end up hosting a show together?
Stewart: I think it's the brainchild of VHI. They wanted a cooking show. So they had watched the Bieber roast, right? They asked Snoop if he would do it with me and asked me if I would do it with Snoop. And we both said yeah.
Snoop: Why not?
Stewart: Why not? Give it a shot.
What’s it like being in the kitchen together?
Snoop: For me, it's an honor and at the same time it's fun, because I love to cook. I'm being taught a few things that I didn't know in the kitchen and about cooking. I'm able to, you know, sprinkle a few pieces that I know to her as well.
Stewart: And I'm learning a lot because many of our guests were just names to me, and I now know what kind of music they play or what jobs they do. Seth Rogan, who I always think is very funny — I finally got to meet him. We have lots of rappers on the show that I now have met and know. We not only cook, we have guests. Each show is devoted to a kind of ingredient. And the guests help us. And we all eat together at the end of the show. The audience eats too. The audience gets a lot to eat.
Snoop: And Martha prepares a special cocktail before every meal. Wow.
Stewart: One of my specialties. I like freshly made wonderful cocktails.
What are some of the things you’ve taught each other?
Stewart: We've done 10 shows, so we've learned a lot not only about each other but also about what we know.
Snoop: Martha you taught me preparation — the way you prepare a meal before you cook it and then, once it's done, how you prepare the table. That preparation is key. That's what I learned from her.
Stewart: One thing I learned from Snoop is that you don't leave the stove when you're cooking. I sometimes get a little distracted, so I'll run off and I tell everybody, "Don't leave the cooking." But I still think I'm smart enough and my timing is really impeccable, blah, blah, blah. But I sometimes burn things and overcook things. He doesn't leave; he's constantly touching his food with the fork or the spoon. Stirring the pot.
Snoop: It's called love. When you put the love in the food and people eat it, they'll get the love.
Stewart: I know they're going to love it, but it's not first and foremost. I like that about Snoop — he's getting me to maybe appreciate it a little more.
Are there any other collaborations between you two in the works?
Stewart: Give us a little time and there may be products. There may be a funny anecdotal book with recipes.
Is there a cannabis component to the show?
Snoop: Well, I have herbs and spices that I use with my meals. And when Martha isn't looking, I sprinkle a little bit in her meals. So it's represented thoroughly on the show. Gotta have it.
Stewart: But there hasn't been any smoking on the show.
Snoop: The pot is smoking and the oven smokes, but that's about it.
"Martha and Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party" premieres at 10 p.m. on VHI.
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