Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi is an American travel and food documentary television series.[1][2] It stars Padma Lakshmi and follows her on her travels around the United States to learn about a specific food and culture in each city.[3][4] The series premiered on Hulu, on June 19, 2020.[5][6][7] In August 2020, it was renewed for a second season.[8][9] The series generally received positive reviews from critics.

Episodes

Series overview

SeasonEpisodesOriginally released
110June 18, 2020 (2020-06-18)
Holiday Edition4November 4, 2021 (2021-11-04)
210May 5, 2023 (2023-05-05)

Season 1 (2020)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleLocationFood/CultureOriginal release date
11"Burritos at the Border"El PasoMexicanJune 18, 2020 (2020-06-18)
22"The All American Weiner"MilwaukeeGermanJune 18, 2020 (2020-06-18)
33"Don't Mind if I Dosa"New York CityIndianJune 18, 2020 (2020-06-18)
44"The Gullah Way"South CarolinaGullah GeecheeJune 18, 2020 (2020-06-18)
55"What is Chop Suey Anyway?"San FranciscoChineseJune 18, 2020 (2020-06-18)
66"Where the Kebob Is Hot"Los AngelesPersianJune 18, 2020 (2020-06-18)
77"The Original Americans"ArizonaNative AmericanJune 18, 2020 (2020-06-18)
88"Dancing In Little Lima"Paterson, New JerseyPeruvianJune 18, 2020 (2020-06-18)
99"The Pad Thai Gamble"Las VegasThaiJune 18, 2020 (2020-06-18)
1010"Zen and the Art of Poke"HonoluluJapaneseJune 18, 2020 (2020-06-18)

Taste the Nation: Holiday Edition (2021)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [10]LocationFood/CultureOriginal release date [11]
111"Happy Challah Days"Lower East SideJewishNovember 4, 2021 (2021-11-04)
122"Truth and the Turkey Tale"Cape Cod and Martha's VineyardWampanoagNovember 4, 2021 (2021-11-04)
133"Mojo-ho Christmas"MiamiCubanNovember 4, 2021 (2021-11-04)
144"K-Town Countdown"Los AngelesKoreanNovember 4, 2021 (2021-11-04)

Season 2 (2023)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title [12]LocationFood/CultureOriginal release date [13]
151"Ketchup or No Ketchup"Puerto RicoPuerto RicanMay 5, 2023 (2023-05-05)
162"From Kabul with Love"Washington, D.C.AfghanMay 5, 2023 (2023-05-05)
173"Padma and the Beanstalk"South AppalachiaAppalachianMay 5, 2023 (2023-05-05)
184"The Borscht Identity"New YorkUkrainianMay 5, 2023 (2023-05-05)
195"Fufu for the Win"HoustonNigerianMay 5, 2023 (2023-05-05)
206"Ube in the Bay"San FranciscoFilipinoMay 5, 2023 (2023-05-05)
217"Greeks on the Gulf"Tarpon Springs, FloridaGreekMay 5, 2023 (2023-05-05)
228"On the Tip of my Kreung"Lowell, MassachusettsCambodianMay 5, 2023 (2023-05-05)
239"Halal from Dearborn"Dearborn, MichiganArabMay 5, 2023 (2023-05-05)
2410"Ciao New York"New YorkItalianMay 5, 2023 (2023-05-05)

Release

Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi premiered on Hulu on June 19, 2020.[14][15] In August 2020, Hulu renewed the show for a second season composed of 10 episodes, which was later truncated to 4 episodes due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and released as a holiday edition.[16][17] In March 2023, it was reported that Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi would return on Hulu on May 5, 2023, with a 10-episode second season.[18]

Reception

Critical response

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 100% approval rating with an average rating of 8.40/10, based on 19 critic reviews. The website's critics consensus reads, "A delicious and insightful reminder of the ways food brings us together, Taste the Nation explores the impact of indigenous and immigrant cuisine on American food as we know it."[19] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned a score of 79 out of 100 based on 6 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[20]

Accolades

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2020 Gotham Awards Breakthrough Series – Short Form Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi Nominated [21][22]
2021 Critics' Choice Real TV Awards Best Show Host Padma Lakshmi Nominated [23][24]
Female Star of the Year Nominated
Television Critics Association Awards Outstanding Achievement in Reality Programming Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi Nominated [25][26]
2022 Critics' Choice Real TV Awards Best Show Host Padma Lakshmi Won [27][28]
2023 Best Structured Series Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi Won [29][30]
Best Show Host Padma Lakshmi Won

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