MSNBC has tapped Tom Colicchio, award-winning chef, restaurant owner, and founder of Crafted Hospitality, as its first-ever food correspondent across all platforms. Colicchio will produce original reporting and in-depth video for MSNBC’s TV shows, and host a new weekly food show on Shift, MSNBC’s new digital video experience.
An advocate for healthy food, sustainable farming, smart food policy and combating hunger, Colicchio has until now been an occasional guest on MSNBC TV. In his new role, he will create the first cable and digital programming focused on food. That will include regular reports for Morning Joe and The Rachel Maddow Show, as well as other MSNBC daytime and primetime shows, including travel with MSNBC talent across the country.
Stirring The Pot will be the name of his new show on Shift by MSNBC, featuring digital documentaries and conversations with the people shaping today’s most compelling stories about food and its impact on our daily lives. Everyone Eats will feature a series of interviews over lunch with a wide range of newsmakers, including sports stars, elected officials, actors and star chefs.
“There are few voices – if any – that are as passionate as Tom Colicchio is when talking about the food we eat and how it impacts our families and communities. I’ve long been a fan of his work and am thrilled that Tom’s fresh perspective will be integrated across all our platforms, from TV to Shift to social media,” said Phil Griffin, President of MSNBC.
The network said Colicchio’s new role is part of its larger strategy “to cover a broader set of stories that move and inspire Americans through its progressive lens, while investing in more original reporting from the field.”
Colicchio’s deal was brokered by WME.