Grime artist Big Zuu talks to Gemma Dunn about landing his own show on Dave, Big Zuu’s Big Eats.
YOU’RE KNOWN FOR BEING A GRIME MC, LESS SO FOR YOUR LINKS TO COOKING AND COMEDY. HOW DID THIS SHOW COME ABOUT?
I’ve always been the fat kid growing up who loved music and food. So when I got into the music game and started building a following for my tracks, I’d always put funny videos of myself cooking on my socials. It just became a thing I was known for. I then did some cooking segments for radio shows and blogs in the grime world and it became my thing. Eventually the guys at UKTV hit me up and together we came up with this idea to cook food for comedians!
DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE EPISODE?
When I did the episode with Rosie Jones, I didn’t know what to expect, but she was just out of this world. She made me laugh the most, out of all the comedians, and she appreciated the food that I made her. I cooked her food that reminded her of her home, that reminded her of her nanna from Spain, of where she comes from. She told me she wished I could come to every one of her shows!
WHO WOULD YOUR DREAM GUEST(S) BE?
I would love to cook for Liverpool Football Club. I support Liverpool and I would love to be their nutritional chef after a match. Like, ’’OK guys, here’’s your post-match meal, cooked by me Big Zuu, made in the food truck’’. It would be jokes. You’d have people like Mo Salah thinking, ’’Who the hell is this guy?’’ But I’d get to meet my favourite players in the world.
WHY NOT. AND YOU GET TO ENJOY THE WHOLE PROCESS WITH YOUR TWO BEST MATES, TUBSEY AND HYDER?
It’s a dream come true. There’’s no other way to put it. The way we’ve approached this series is by acting like we’re just hanging out as normal. That’s why the show comes across as genuine. Before the lockdown, we would spend most days together in London so it’’s been a really easy process. I can’t remember a time where I haven’t known Tubsey and Hyder so to now have a TV series with them is unreal.
WHAT SETS BIG ZUU’S BIG EATS APART FROM OTHER COOKING SHOWS?
It’s the show for people who don’t live near a Waitrose or who can’t afford to go to one. I’m a massive fan of all cooking programmes but this show stands out as we’re sourcing the food from local shops rather than big chains. I’m hoping it proves to people, especially in my generation, that cooking can be a fun and affordable experience.
A lot of people I know can’t be bothered to cook and think it costs too much so they’d rather just get fast food. Hopefully, this can change that. I also don’t think there are many shows where there is a grime MC with his two best mates, cooking for world-famous comedians in a food truck!
Big Zuu’s Big Eats lands on Dave on Friday, May 15.