Thu Tran’s Food Party is like no cooking show you’ve ever seen before.
Food Party is a new show on IFC that describes itself as a “mind-bending, non-reality cooking show” and is built around artist/food enthusiast Thu Tran and a cast of puppets who cook up all kinds of bizarre recipes together. Food Party grew out of an art installation and online series Thu created in her hometown of Cleveland and kind of defies explanation. It’s a little bit like what Martha Stewart might look like if it was filmed it on the set of Pee Wee’s Playhouse.
In an interview with Thu about the genesis of Food Party, Gothamist called Food Party “quite possibly the only cooking program you should be watching” and I’m inclined to agree. It’s independent, wacky, weird and exactly the kind of thing we need more of on TV.
Food Party debuts on IFC next Tuesday at 11:15 ET/PT. A bunch of Food Party videos are available on the IFC website, including a look behind the scenes.