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Comic Natasha Leggero was initially reluctant to tackle her newest gig internet hosting the TBS collection “Rat within the Kitchen.” 

“At first I used to be like, wait, what? I shouldn’t be a part of a cooking present, I’m famously a horrible chef,” Leggero, 48, informed The Put up. “I’ve acquired to make my daughter lunch each morning, and that’s a feat I wouldn’t want on anybody. I’ve been making an attempt to make kale chips for like, 5 years now, and so they at all times come out concurrently moist and burnt.

“I don’t have the contact.”

“Rat within the Kitchen,” airing Thursdays at 9 p.m., is a actuality collection that’s half cooking competition and half “whodunit” thriller. Every episode includes a completely different group of cooks (each house educated amateurs and people with culinary-school expertise) who prepare dinner a number of dishes with the objective to win a money prize as much as $50,000 and cut up it among the many group.

Natasha Leggero smiles.
Natasha Leggero hosts new cooking present “Rat within the Kitchen.”
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The catch: one particular person of their ranks is a “rat” who’s secretly aiming to sabotage their dishes. They need to guess who it’s, and thwart the rat’s efforts … in any other case, the rat may take house the prize cash as a substitute of the staff. 

“After I discovered [celebrity chef judge Ludo Lefebvre] was concerned, he’s such an incredible chef, and I acquired to fulfill him,” mentioned Leggero. “He’s so proficient and captivated with meals. It was a very enjoyable mixture, as a result of he can stay severe about meals, and his requirements are so excessive. And I can simply be there making jokes about all of it. It was additionally enjoyable to roast the meals — nobody will get mad at stuff you say to meals.”

Natasha Leggero and Ludo Lefebvre share a high five over a woman's head while she cooks.
Natasha Leggero and Ludo Lefebvre share a excessive -five whereas a contestant cooks.
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Natasha Leggero and Ludo Lefebvre stand in the middle and oversee two wannabe chefs.
Natasha Leggero and Ludo Lefebvre stand within the center and oversee two wannabe cooks.
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Leggero, greatest recognized for the Comedy Central collection “One other Interval,”  (2015-2018, mentioned that she and Lefebvre (ABC’s “The Taste”), had been simply as at nighttime as all people else. 

“Neither of us knew [who the rat was] and that was a part of the enjoyable,” she mentioned. “It’s nearly like ‘Clue’ or ‘Knives Out.’ We get to determine every episode who the rat is together with the viewers. That was the loopy factor — we had been floored.

“I’m so glad that we didn’t know,” she mentioned. “It was so enjoyable for Ludo and I to convene after everybody had introduced their dishes and simply actually attempt to determine who the [saboteur] was. Truthfully, we weren’t proper fairly often, so the rats actually did an incredible job. You have got these preconceived notions in your head. And also you’re like, nicely this particular person would undoubtedly be the rat! And generally these folks could be so pleased with these dishes that had been truly disgusting, simply because their recipes had been unhealthy! So, there was that, too.”

Natasha Leggero  (right) and Ludo Lefebvre (left) stand side by side looking serious.
Natasha Leggero (proper) and Ludo Lefebvre (left) additionally didn’t know who the rat was in every episode.
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She mentioned that probably the most unappetizing dishes she needed to eat on the present had been uncooked rooster and uncooked shrimp, after rats had efficiently sabotaged the cooking course of earlier than the meals was introduced to Leggero and Lefebvre.

“I used to be often rooting for the staff, as a result of extra folks would get the cash. It’s both 5 folks get to separate the cash or one particular person will get all of it,” she mentioned. “However, if I used to be on the present, I’d wish to be the rat, as a result of it looks like it will be so enjoyable to determine easy methods to trick all people.”