He was Mr. Emotek in System Crash, he’s been featured on Last Comic Standing, Just for Laughs and Comedy Inc., he’s the creator of North America’s award-winning ”FUN-ancial” lecture for students, Funny Money, and he currently hosts the hit TV series, Eat St. by Paperny Films, which profiles the best street food across North America on Food Network Canada and Cooking Channel in the US.
Last week, I had the pleasure to speak with actor, comedian, author and certified foodie, James Cunningham, host of Food Network‘s increasingly popular, Eat St. James recently wrote a cookbook, Eat St. Recipes from the Tastiest, Messiest, and Most Irresistible Food Trucks, which has been flying off the shelves in Canada and the US.
In a very candid, exclusive Skype interview with Stitches ‘n Dishes, James reveals how he’s gone from being a stand-up comic to teaching over 150,000 young adults every year on the in’s and out’s of money management with his Funny Money show, to traveling the globe in search of the best street food for Food Network.
A self-described terror in the kitchen, James admits he couldn’t cook to save his life, but even he’s been tempted by some of the incredible recipes his new cookbook has to offer. “I’m a professional eater. I can’t cook to save my life, but my brother is a brilliant chef. He’s furious that I wrote a best-selling cookbook,” he said.
The experience inspired James to try his hand in the kitchen, and he admits he has a passion for his new panini press. Always the comedian, James wasted no time in injecting a few laughs throughout the interview, including a few jabs about my own kitchen nightmare, involving the Canadian staple, poutine in April.
James explains that in writing the cookbook, he and Paperny Entertainment, the show’s producer, contacted chefs and owners at some of the best food trucks and carts featured on the show. Surprisingly, they were met with overwhelming support. “They didn’t just give us their secondary or tertiary recipes; they gave us their best recipes.”
“If you can’t get to Portland, Los Angeles, or Miami for some of the most incredible street food on the continent, we’re bringing the food to you,” James said.
Watch the interview where James reveals how he became the host of Eat St. almost on a whim, what he thinks about the future of the street food industry, how Eat St. is revolutionizing interactive television, and a surprising new travel trend that’s utilizing the Eat St app to plan vacations. This interview is chock full of great inside info, back-stories, my own kitchen outtakes (it’s worth watching for this surprising clip alone), and James’ classic humor.
Download the free Eat St. App for iPhone and Android , and grab your copy of Eat St. Recipes from the Tastiest, Messiest, and Most Irresistible Food Trucks at the Stitches ‘n Dishes store. Of course, if you’ve got college-bound kids, preserve your future man caves, sewing rooms, and home gyms – give them a dose of Funny Money. Visit http://www.funnymoneyinc.com.