"I'm not high right now but whoever gave us this show, they must have been."
"I was like, ‘You know, I watch so many cooking shows and they’re all so repetitive,'" Salsano says. "'I feel like the cooking genre is one that I want to rock out in. There’s something I want to do with celebrities’ and he’s like, ‘OK, I want to do that!’ And less than 24 hours later, he had a deal in place ready to go."
Weeks later, the two were discussing potential hosts in McCarthy’s office in New York when Stewart and Snoop's names came up. But would they do it?
"There was no convincing them," Salsano says.
What followed next was a 10-episode season, with Snoop and Stewart putting their personal flavor on meals for a live studio audience and a stacked lineup of seasoned entertainers, including
Rogen and Khalifa heated up the premiere, appearing as culinary aides to Snoop and Stewart, respectively, during their fried chicken off. She "questioned my fryhood," Snoop deadpans to the camera ahead of the contest. "Tell 'em what you said, Martha."
"I politely said that I make fried chicken a wee bit better than Snoop," Stewart replied.
And with that, seasonings were thrown — on the chicken, that is.
While Snoop generously seasoned his with lemon pepper and BBQ potato chip dust, Stewart gave her wings a buttermilk, cayenne and Tabasco bath before coating them in flour.
Between checking the chicken, Stewart and Snoop sprinkled in cooking tips and a little food history. Ice Cube later crashed the dinner to judge the chicken before joining the group for Two Thighs and a Truth, where they tried to separate fact from fiction and laughed over unexpected truths.
Stewart, for instance, was struck by lightning three times. "Going to jail does not make you stronger," she said. "Only lightning does."
"Oh, so I'm not going to the gym no more — I'm going to get struck by lightning," Khalifa joked. "Go play golf in the rain," Rogen chimed in.
The jests and fellowship are just a testament to the power of food "to bring people together," Salsano says.
"You know, as we were making the show, there was so much hate, so much BS, and then it’s like all of a sudden you show up on this set," she says. "Martha’s side is decorated like, you know, Martha and Snoop’s side has the front grill of a ‘64 Impala coming out of it. And I found it super interesting because you have two people who, on paper and visually, are complete and utter opposites yet they are exactly alike. And I think that’s a message almost for this country: It doesn’t matter who you are, where you’re from, your age, your race, what you do for a living… just be open-minded and you might find your best friend in life… Without being ‘Oh, this is a show about people and culture and getting along,’ it became that."
Viewers will have to catch the premiere to find out who's the superior chef, at least when it comes to fried chicken.
As Salsano jokes, "I am taking it to my grave!"