Food Party

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  • TV-MA
  • 2009
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.6  (221)

Food Party was a surreal cooking show that aired on IFC in 2009. Created by and starring artist and chef Thu Tran, each episode featured a whimsical and bizarre world filled with vibrant colors, puppetry, and surreal special effects. The show was a wacky blend of cooking instructional, performance art, and absurdist humor that catered to foodies and comedy fans alike.

At the start of each episode, Thu would present a theme for the show, ranging from "spooky snacks" to "feline cuisine." She would then proceed to cook up a variety of dishes that fit the theme, often using unconventional ingredients, tools, and methods. Her kitchen was a fanciful wonderland of puppet creatures, cardboard sets, and bizarre props, all brought to life with the help of her team of puppeteers, collaborators and guests. The results were as visually stunning as they were delicious.

The show relied heavily on surreal humor, often riffing on traditional cooking shows' conventions. For example, in one episode, Thu demonstrated how to make a salad by dressing up as a bird and foraging for the ingredients in a cardboard forest. The dish was served in a fake bird's nest, complete with eggshells and twigs. In another episode, she whipped up a "carrot juice vodka tonic" in a washing machine while wearing a foam hat shaped like a carrot.

Aside from her own unconventional recipes, Thu frequently featured guest chefs and performers who would share their own daring cuisine creations. These included a puppet chef who cooked exclusively with his feet, a woman who made cakes that looked like body parts, and a musician who played a saw and sang about food.

Despite its surreal and off-the-wall humor, the show managed to teach viewers real cooking skills, with each episode featuring a helpful mix of tips, tricks and essential techniques. Thu took time to explain the hows and whys of each dish, making the show both entertaining and educational.

Food Party's trippy aesthetic, colorful sets, and gag-heavy humor made it an instant cult classic, attracting a loyal fan base that propelled it to viral acclaim. In addition to its IFC run, the show was streamed online on the IFC website, Youtube, and became a web sensation. Its short run, however, left fans wanting more and calling for the show to be renewed or brought back.

In summary, Food Party was a unique cooking show that blended avant-garde performance art, comedy, and delicious cuisine. Its creator, Thu Tran, used her talents as a chef and artist to create a magical and surreal world in which anything was possible. The show was both entertaining and educational, with a mix of helpful tips and wacky humor. Its pioneering format and aesthetic broke new ground in cooking shows, paving the way for future culinary programs that dared to be different.

Food Party is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (40 episodes). The series first aired on June 9, 2009.

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Thu and Bu - Part 2
20. Thu and Bu - Part 2
June 29, 2010
Thu battles an evil sister and a stepmother.
Thu and Bu - Part 1
19. Thu and Bu - Part 1
June 29, 2010
Thu battles an evil sister and a stepmother.
Ad Lib Episode
18. Ad Lib Episode
June 22, 2010
Thu experiments with vegan recipes.
17. Koalisode
June 22, 2010
After eating bad meat, Thu is saved by a tonic.
Sweet Sixteen
16. Sweet Sixteen
June 15, 2010
Thu gets a birthday gift from her father.
Zit Butter
15. Zit Butter
June 15, 2010
Thu creates food using zit butter.
Mirror Diet
14. Mirror Diet
June 8, 2010
Thu uses mirrors while preparing food to control the amount she makes.
Eggcino Man
13. Eggcino Man
June 8, 2010
Thu battles a wizard in an egg fight.
Food Zombie
12. Food Zombie
June 1, 2010
Thu and her friends encounter a donut-loving zombie.
RV Episode
11. RV Episode
June 1, 2010
Thu takes a ride in an RV to find a cheap meal.
Cannibal Holiday
10. Cannibal Holiday
May 25, 2010
After a storm, Thu resorts to the only food she has left.
The Oregano Garden
9. The Oregano Garden
May 25, 2010
Thu harvests oregano buds with help from her celebrity grandfather.
8. Poopisode
May 18, 2010
A giant rat eats Thu's gingerbread house.
7. NosferaThu
May 18, 2010
Vampire Thu offers blood-inspired dishes.
8 Turkeys
6. 8 Turkeys
May 11, 2010
After winning turkeys in a game show, Thu uses them to cook a unique stuffing.
Deja Thu
5. Deja Thu
May 11, 2010
While having lunch with her father, Thu discovers she is adopted.
The Emperor's New Dinner
4. The Emperor's New Dinner
May 4, 2010
Thu tries to improvise when King of the World comes to eat at her restaurant.
Thu Strikes It Rich
3. Thu Strikes It Rich
May 4, 2010
A rich playboy crashes his car through Thu's kitchen.
PBJ Love
2. PBJ Love
April 27, 2010
Things go awry when Grape Jenny falls in love with Peanut Butter Jerry.
Thu Has a Normal Day
1. Thu Has a Normal Day
April 27, 2010
Thu Tran takes everyone through a typical day in the life of Food Party.
Where to Watch Food Party
Food Party is available for streaming on the IFC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Food Party on demand at Amazon Prime, Amazon, IFC, Apple TV, Pluto TV and Plex.
  • Premiere Date
    June 9, 2009
  • IMDB Rating
    8.6  (221)