5 Questions with Food Porn Host Michael Chernow

January 20, 2016

With over 50 million #foodporn posts on Instagram and a new post roughly every two seconds on Twitter, there’s clearly an enthusiastic audience of food lovers hungry to share and consume pictures of food…and the food itself. New York restaurateur Michael Chernow smartly seized upon the opportunity to explore this social food craze and travel the country to meet the folks behind these delicious photos in the FYI series, Food Porn. We caught up with Chernow during the holidays to discuss the foodie phenomenon, his own favorites, and what we can expect in the season finale, tomorrow night, Thursday Jan. 21 at 9/8c on FYI.

What made you want to do Food Porn?

It’s really one of the most relevant food shows on TV today. Food and social media have become a marriage. People are taking pictures of their food. Period. It started about six or seven years ago and has just gotten so big. When we started filming Food Porn, there was just about 60MM tags on instagram with the hashtag #FoodPorn in July, and now in December in a little over five months there is over 75MM, so it’s only growing. That’s not even counting all the other platforms! With photography becoming so important with how we communicate and with this show we show the best there is to offer in food.

What is your favorite holiday to cook for?

Hands down, Thanksgiving. It is so nice to have family and friends over, gathered around the table without the pressure of other holidays and just cook, and laugh and be together.

Which city in America has the best Food Porn?

That’s a tough one. New York is really the center of Food Porn. We just have so many different cuisines here, but I would have to say it’s a tie between Chicago and Austin. I mean, in Chicago you have Al’s Beef, deep-dish pizza. And Austin has just so many different types of BBQ. Really you can find amazing Food Porn all over this country, and we show that on the show,

What can we expect from the season finale of Food Porn?

Oh, it’s epic. I can’t tell you too much but you will have to watch it to find out.

You have two restaurants here in NYC (The Meatball Shop and Seamore’s)—is there a celebrity diner who you’ve you enjoyed cooking for?

Chrissy Teigen! She is a great chef and she likes to eat and she just always has a good time whenever she stops by.

Set your DVR for the season finale of Food Porn, this Thursday Jan. 21, at 9/8c on FYI.

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