TLC adds culinary-themed series

'Craving Comfort' features chef Art Smith traveling the country


TLC is expanding its culinary-themed programming with a new series starring master chef Art Smith.

Smith ("Top Chef Masters") will host "Craving Comfort," where he'll travel the country exploring variations of simple, popular dishes -- from fried chicken to apple pie.

“'Craving Comfort' celebrates the great personal stories behind America’s classic comfort foods," said Nancy Daniels, senior vp production at TLC. "Art Smith’s passion for great food and the personal connections we form to these meals makes him the perfect host for this journey."

The new series adds to TLC's lineup of food-related programming that includes the upcoming "BBQ Pitmasters" (debuting Dec. 3), "Ultimate Cake Off" and its highly rated "Cake Boss" -- which will inherit the Monday spot vacated by "Jon & Kate Plus 8" after its series finale Monday night.

The award-winning Smith was Oprah Winfrey's personal chef for a decade and has made several TV appearances. TLC has ordered eight half-hour episodes of "Craving Comfort"  from True Entertainment, and the show will premiere late next year.