FYI has greenlighted 14 half-hour episodes of Food Porn, hosted by New York restaurateur and The Meatball Shop co-owner Michael Chernow and executive produced by Real Housewives‘ Bethenny Frankel. The news was announced today during A+E Networks’ upfront presentation by Jana Bennett, President of FYI and LMN. Production begins immediately.
“People are obsessed with photographing, sharing and discussing the food they eat on social media,” said Bennett. “FYI will be capturing this convergence of mouth-watering food and social trends in a unique and entertaining format.”
The series builds on the cultural phenomenon of food porn. There are currently more than 50 million posts on Instagram with the hashtag #foodporn, and the phrase is tagged nearly every two seconds on Twitter, according to the network.
In each episode, host Chernow will travel the country in search of the most buzzed-about food. He’ll meet the tastemakers behind the delicious online posts – and discover what made the meal so distinctive and worthy to share online. He’ll also meet with the chefs and restaurants responsible for creating the dishes to find out what’s in them and why they are insanely popular.
“I am excited to be a part of a series that will showcase the decadence and obsession people have with sharing their food online,” said Frankel.
Food Porn is produced by Loud TV for FYI. Nick Rigg, David George, Jordana Hochman, and Brent Montgomery executive produce for Loud TV. Executive producers for FYI are Gena McCarthy and James Bolosh.