Alison Roman is preparing a cooking show for CNN Plus

Alison Roman, the outspoken culinary influencer and author, is about to try a new video recipe on CNN Plus.

Roman, the author of cookbooks such as “Nothing Fancy,” will launch a cooking program for the CNN-backed video hub, slated to launch in the first quarter of 2022. Episodes will show her both in and out of cooking, teaching recipes and also venturing out to learn more about the ingredients, people and stories behind what she cooks.

“Alison’s unique style and tone make her a perfect addition to our CNN Plus lineup,” said Amy Entelis, CNN Worldwide Executive Vice President of Talent and Content Development for CNN Original Series and Movies. , in a press release. “From pickled chicken to shallot pasta – we’re thrilled Alison is sharing the stories behind her signature recipes with CNN Plus subscribers.”

Roman’s new project with the subscription video service highlights one of his main areas of interest. Roman, former editor of Bon Appetit and The New York Times, joins Eva Longoria, the actress, who will host a six-part documentary series on Mexican cuisine. Executives believe food, culture and travel are topics that will attract potential subscribers to the new outlet, according to Andrew Morse, CNN Worldwide’s executive vice president and chief digital officer who is overseeing the streaming site’s launch. “We’re not going to replicate the way we cover the news on CNN,” he said. Variety in a recent interview. “We have a great product on CNN that serves our audience. What you see from CNN Plus will be distinctive and different.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with CNN Plus on this project,” Roman said in a statement. “I’ve dreamed of bringing a new kind of food and cooking show to life for years and I can’t think of a better place to make it a reality.” The series is expected to be available later this year.

The new program shows CNN working more closely with Zero Point Zero Productions, the media company behind Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown,” one of CNN’s most popular series in recent years. The production house is also working on CNN’s “United Shades of America,” directed by W. Kamau Bell.

Roman emerged from minor controversy in 2020, drawing criticism on social media after he made some remarks about product lines backed by Chrissy Teigen and Marie Kondo. She apologized, but also decided to quit The New York Times, where she wrote a column, in December of that year.

In addition to his books, Roman produces “Home Movies”, a cooking series on YouTube, as well as a newsletter called “a newsletter”. Before joining the editorial world, she worked as a pastry chef at places like Quince in San Francisco and Momofuku Milk Bar in New York. Originally from Los Angeles, she is now based in New York.

Executive producers are Alison Roman with Lydia Tenaglia and Chris Collins of Zero Point Zero Productions. Amy Entelis and Lyle Gamm are executive producers of CNN Original Series. Jon Adler is the supervising producer of the CNN original series.