Tom Colicchio Named MSNBC's First-Ever Food Correspondent

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Tom Colicchio

He will also host 'Stirring the Pot,' which is being billed as the first cable and digital programming offering focused on the politics, power and people of food.

Tom Colicchio has a new role.

The chef, restaurateur and TV personality of Top Chef and Best New Restaurant has been named MSNBC's first-ever food correspondent, the network announced Wednesday. The move is part of MSNBC’s larger strategy to provide original reporting on a broader set of stories, as the network will announce additional programming changes in the coming months.

Colicchio's multi-platform demands include producing original reporting and in-depth video for Morning Joe and The Rachel Maddow Show, as well as other MSNBC daytime and primetime shows. He'll also lead a series called Everyone Eats, in which he interviews influencers over lunch.

He will also host a new weekly food show on Shift, MSNBC's new digital channel, that is being billed as the first cable and digital programming offering focused on the politics, power and people of food. Titled Stirring the Pot, the documentary/interview series will explore how our food is an essential yet under-reported part of the cultural and political debate, tackling topics like intensive farming, quality of school lunches, over-fishing and food stamps.

"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 MSNBC president Phil Griffin in a statement.

Colicchio added, "In today’s world it is impossible to separate our food culture from the politics and policies that shape our choices as consumers and taxpayers, whether we’re aware of them or not.  The one thing we all have in common is that everyone eats, and I’m excited to partner with MSNBC on a show that fosters healthy dialogue and speaks to this basic common truth."

The deal was brokered by WME.

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