Exclusive: Three 6 Mafia's DJ Paul Says "Cookin' Ain't Easy" Still Bubbling

Thursday, Jul 14, 2011 5:55PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

After making a buzz last year with plans to launch a food show called "Cookin' Ain't Easy," SOHH hit up Three 6 Mafia's DJ Paul to get an update on the upcoming television venture.

Admitting Vh1 passed on the opportunity to pick up the pilot, DJ Paul said the show is currently getting shopped around by other networks.

"'Cookin' Ain't Easy,' we shot the pilot, turned it in, and VH1 said it didn't really feel like a Vh1 show," DJ Paul told SOHH. "They liked it, said it was funny, but said it was more so for another network and not for their network. It's a pilot, we got the ownership of it, so we're just gonna shop it to some other people after this show comes out. But Vh1 still wanted to do something with us, so they called us for this 'Famous Food' idea and we rolled with it. We didn't even have to do a pilot. It was green lit." (SOHH)

Plans to launch "Cookin' Ain't Easy" were initially revealed in 2009.

Juicy J and DJ Paul made an appearance at Wolfgang Puck's Beverley Hills restaurant, Spago, this week to flex their muscles in the kitchen. The two rappers explored the facilities while they snapped some shots for an upcoming spread in Food Magazine. Though the appearance seemed a little out of character for the Memphis rappers, the stunt was all a part of their promotional scheme to launch a new cooking show in 2010. The duo initially explained plans to launch the show, titled 'Cookin' Ain't Easy,' back in 2009. The show would feature the two friends hosting a weekly dinner party for close friends, celebrity guests and fans. (The Boom Box)

Last spring, Fat Joe talked venturing into his own cooking show.

"I'm working on a cooking show, it's the first time I'm telling the world but who else can you trust other than Fat Joe to tell you whether the food is good or not," Joe explained in an interview with reporter Peter Bailey, revealing his latest venture. "Yeah, me and my guy Chef Mark, he's an incredible chef. We got that studio audience, we got that band, wer're gonna bring guys like Lil Wayne, your favorite rapper, and ask him what's his favorite dish, we're gonna make it for him. Not only do you get to see Fat Joe, you've been seeing him in videos, rap music, you don't really know the true Fat Joe until you really meet him. So once we in front of that camera and we vibing with everybody, we gonna have a lot of fun with that." (NBC Nightcap)

For the time being, Three 6 Mafia currently star in the new Vh1 reality series, "Famous Foods."

From Ashton Kutcher's Geisha House to Robert DeNiro's Ago, attaching a celebrity's name to a restaurant is definitely a growing trend in Hollywood.... but is it always a recipe for success? Famous Food will put this concept to the test by partnering with renowned restaurateurs, The Dolce Group, to give seven celebrities the chance to turn an empty Sunset Strip eatery into a flourishing and fully operating restaurant. If they succeed -- one of them will be rewarded with a partnership position in the new venture. (VH1)

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