• Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg will be teaming up to present a new cooking show. (SBS Viceland)Source: SBS Viceland
Why a seemingly strange pair make for the perfect cooking show hosts.
By
Shane Cubis

2 Nov 2017 - 11:06 AM  UPDATED 1 Mar 2018 - 2:16 PM

A Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner late-night marathon is coming to Food Network Australia on March 3 and 4, kicking off at 10.30pm on Saturday. 

Just when you thought cooking shows couldn’t be any more out there, along come two chalk’n’cheese culinary hosts in a team-up nobody saw coming... unless they were playing close attention. In the lead-up to the launch of Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party, The Doggfather said about the show: “My homegirl Martha and I have a special bond that goes back. We’re gonna be cooking, drinking and having a good time with our exclusive friends. Can’t wait for you to see how we roll together!”

A special bond that goes way back? What’s all that about?

The pair first shared a bench together in 2008, whipping up mashed potatoes together on Martha (Snoop’s main contribution was peelin’ off the skizzin and insisting on black pepper over white). He made a return appearance a year later, joking about making green Christmas brownies while Martha pled ignorance of what he was talking about...

Since then they’ve both bantered on social media about throwing a bucks party for Prince William and scented candles (yeah, #in-jokes), but it wasn’t until 2015 that they worked together again – at Justin Bieber’s Comedy Central Roast.

Seated next to each other, they sealed a friendship bond courtesy of mutual respect... and a contact high. “Snoop had all those, you don’t call them joints, you call them something else,” Martha told Seth Meyers. “Big fat ones. We had to sit on the stage for four hours, and the secondary smoke is just as powerful as primary smoke. So I was totally high by the time I got up to that microphone.”

Last year they teamed up for a masterful appearance on the $100,000 Pyramid game show, before talking each other up on red carpets and in interviews. “He’s funny,” Martha gushed to USA Today at Macy’s Fashion’s Front Row last September. “He’s a cook, baker, candlestick maker, everything.” Around the same time Snoop told Rolling Stone, “I’ve never met anyone like Martha Stewart. When we come together, it’s a natural combination of love, peace and harmony.”

What’s on the menu?

It was only a matter of time before someone gave this unstoppable twosome their own series. And so we come to Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party, which features the pair whipping up a delicious meal with the assistance (and/or distraction) of special guests, then all sitting down together to swap stories and gorge on gourmet dishes in front of a live studio audience. 

The easy chemistry between the pair makes for some very entertaining viewing. Snoop’s half of the “split personality” kitchen set is all gangsta-style purples, 24-karat gold appliances and suspect herbs, while Martha’s end has a more traditional cooking-show feel defined by clean whites and copper equipment (though she’s not above wheeling in a blinged-out lobster tank).

But they come together beautifully, swapping lines and rhymes while Martha does the lion’s share of the food preparation and Snoop does the dog’s share of organising the entertainment and being an attentive student. It’s a hugely entertaining show, buoyed by the obvious fun these two multi-talented heavyweights are having each dinnertime.

Watch Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party  March 3 and 4 - check the TV Guide for episode screening times. 

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