For Wynnewood's own Patti LaBelle, sweet potato pies were only the beginning. The Godmother of Soul will soon host her own cooking show.
Dubbed Patti LaBelle’s Place, the six-episode cooking series is set to debut on the Cooking Channel at 11 a.m. Dec. 3.
The show will air in two-episode blocks each week, and will feature a strong roster of celebrity guests, including rapper 50 Cent, Oprah BFF Gayle King, musician Kirk Franklin, gospel singer Erica Campbell, stylist Joe Zee, and others.
Those guests will help LaBelle cook some of her signature dishes, including fried chicken and catfish, along with more playful dishes like the Philadelphia native’s “sauteéd green beans a La Bella” and “Patti’s Secret Homemade Salad Dressing,” according to a release.
The show takes its name from last year's Patti LaBelle's Place, a special the singer hosted for the Cooking Channel following the viral success of her sweet potato pie line, thanks to a video from YouTube entertainer James Wright Chanel. LaBelle also hosted a pie-focused special for the Cooking Channel last year, Patti LaBelle's Holiday Pies. Chanel appeared as a guest.
“I want to taste Patti live,” Wright said in last year's viral YouTube video before breaking out into song. “You turn into Patti after eating this.”
Following the success of her pies, LaBelle expanded her ready-made baked goods line to include several styles of cakes. In August, according to CNN, the line, which is offered at Walmart, added to its offerings apple cobbler, peach cobbler, and berry cobbler, along with apple pecan cake and sweet potato loaf.