Fat Joe Working On New Cooking Show, Launches Restaurant

By Allen Starbury  |  03/08/2011

Fat JoeFat Joe stopped by NBC Miami's show, "NiteCap with Peter Bailey", last week to discuss several topics -- including  how he helped usher in some of the artists down south, charity ... and his upcoming cooking show.

Yes, that's right, a cooking show.

The Bronx rapper revealed that he's working on a new show with his restaurant partner, Chef Mark Thomas. On the show, he says expect appearances by fellow rappers like Lil Wayne.

"I'm working on a cooking show, this is the first time I'm telling the world," Joe said. "Who else can you trust other than Fat Joe to tell you what food is good or not? Me and my guy Chef Mark -- he's an incredible chef -- we got that studio audience, we got that band, we gonna bring guys like Lil Wayne, your favorite rapper, and we gonna to ask him what's his favorite dish and we gonna make it for him."

Additionally, Joe and Thomas have also launched the first of a series of Express restaurants, which center around seafood and Caribbean Island cuisine.The first opened in the Bronx's City Island, and will feature a Sunday cooking school.

"You don't really know the true Fat Joe 'til you really meet him, so once we in front of that camera and we vibin' with everybody, we gonna have a lot of fun with that," Joe continued. "I'm not even a cook, I'm like a mascot. I'm like the test-taster, but my man chef Mark is gonna be cooking. My favorite food is Italian food; I like Lobster Francaise."

Also in the beginning of the interview with Bailey, Fat Joe discussed how he first put DJ Khaled into the game, which ultimately resulted in shining a spotlight on Miami and spawning stars like Rick Ross, Cool & Dre, in others.

Joe also revealed that he will be auctioning off his infamous sneaker collection for charity. "I gotta make sure that everybody eats, and that's major to me," Joe told Bailey.

Check out the interview below: