Published on May 18th, 2022 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Natasha Leggero & Chef Ludo Lefebvre On The New TBS Series “Rat In The Kitchen,” Cheap Trick, Cooking, “Call My Agent” & More

Since making its March 2022 debut on TBS, Rat In The Kitchen has gotten people talking, as it is the rare sort of series to successfully combine cooking, comedy and competition. Co-hosts Chef Ludo Lefebvre (Selena + Chef) and comedian Natasha Leggero (Another Period, Hoops, Dice) welcome chefs to compete for a shot at $50,000 as part of a “culinary whodunnit.” Over the course of the show’s 10-episode season, a mix of professional chefs and passionate home cooks compete in a series of creative cooking challenges, ultimately earning cash in their bank for every dish that impresses Chef Ludo.

But aside from impressing Chef Ludo Lefebvre, both viewers and the show’s participants are attempting to expose an undercover mole (the “rat” named with the show’s title) determined to sabotage the dishes and undermine their chances at victory. Rat In The Kitchen is produced by ITV America’s Thinkfactory Media, in association with ITV Studios’ Possessed. It is executive produced by Adam Reed, Adam Freeman, Simon Thomas, Bernie Schaeffer, Kenny Rosen and Michael O’Sullivan for Thinkfactory, and by Glenn Hugill for Possessed. It is distributed internationally by ITV Studios.

On May 17, 2022, I had the pleasure of speaking with Chef Ludo Lefebvre and Natasha Leggero via Zoom, as embedded below. Beyond Rat In The Kitchen, we spoke about Leggero’s hometown of Rockford, Illinois, whether the “mise en place” concept is favored by Chef Ludo, and cooking. More on the series and its entertaining co-hosts can be found online by clicking here, here and here.

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" series, which airs on dozens on television and digital networks. He has also co-authored 2 published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), and co-hosts the world's only known podcast about David Lee Roth, "The DLR Cast."

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