American rapper Coolio recently expanded his résumé to include "cooking show host" with his web show Cookin with Coolio. As the "ghetto gourmet," he aims to "use foods that poor people can afford" in his recipes, which he demonstrates with his inimitable Coolio-style.
Although he only has three recipes up so far, each one is for a different audience: Coolio Caprese Salad is to please the ladies, Fork Steak & Heavenly Ghettalian Garlic Bread is for broke college students, and Spinach Even Your Kids Will Eat is for kids who won't eat their vegetables. Check out his latest video each Wednesday to see what he comes up with next.
Serious Eats asked Coolio a few food-related questions to get a look at the culinary part of his mind. Check out our Q&A after the jump.
What caused you to start your online cooking videos?
I've always liked cooking, but most of the cooking shows on TV are boring. So I figured I'd give it a shot.
Who inspired you to start cooking?
My mother and my kids.
Favorite place to travel for food?
I love to eat in Italy.
Favorite food memory from your childhood?
My mom's spaghetti and her fried chicken.
What's a Coolio Thanksgiving?
We got kids, we got games, and we got fried turkey.
What do you refuse to cook?
I don't like pork, I don't eat pork, and I don't cook pork.
Smothered chicken wings.
Describe your perfect meal.
My perfect meal is Fork Steak, Spinach, Heavenly Ghettalian Garlic Bread and Smothered Potatoes.
What food would you like to try?
I'd like to try to grow my own vegetables for cooking.
What food is guaranteed to make those panties slide right off?
Sautéed Shrimp and Soul Rolls, baby. If you don't know what Soul Rolls are, you're just gonna have to keep watching my show on MyDamnChannel.com.
What food is guaranteed to make those panties stay on?
Either some unseasoned chicken or a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Those panties ain't going nowhere.