Who is Jonathan Cheban a.k.a. Foodgod?
Jonathan Cheban is an American reality TV star, entrepreneur, and former publicist. He is best known for his appearances on Keeping Up with the Kardashians and the spin-off shows that came from this series.
Moldova (ex-Moldovan SSR, USSR)
Cheban was born in Moldova, part of the Soviet Union, but his family immigrated to New Jersey, where he grew up in Fort Lee. As such, he has a Russian Jewish heritage.
Cheban has famously been in a relationship with Becca Moore, on and off again. He used to date Anat Popovsky in 2012 but was single by 2013.
In 2019, he changed his legal name to Foodgod, which is his social media handle.
Cheban began his career working for Peggy Siegal at her public relations firm in New York. Later, he worked on Sean Combs’ 29th birthday party, which he organized successfully, and this led to him starting a new firm with other publicists, which he left to found his own company, CommandPR, in 2001.
Cheban first became a public figure when he appeared on Keeping Up with the Kardashians as he was a friend of the Kardashian sisters. Other cast members seen in Keeping up with the Kardashians include Kim Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Kris Jenner, Stephanie Shepherd, Rob Kardashian, Scott Disick, Malika Haqq, Caitlyn Jenner, Brandon Jenner, Ye a.k.a. Kanye West, and Lamar Odom.
He went on to appear on various episodes of the spin-offs, such as Kourtney and Kim Take New York, Kourtney and Kim Take Miami, and Kourtney and Khloé Take The Hamptons.
2010 saw the release of The Spin Crow, a show that had Cheban in a starring role. The show was produced by Kim Kardashian and only got one season. The Spin Crowd chronicled the life and exploits of Cheban, Simon Huck, and their employees at the PR firm.
In 2013, Cheban hosted Coca-Cola Red Carpet Live! before the American Music Awards.
In 2016, Cheban entered Celebrity Big Brother in the UK for the 17th season of the show but left it after only a few days. In 2017, he appeared on another British reality show, Celebs Go Dating. In 2018, he was on The Only Way is Essex, Food God, Celebrity Family Feud, and, in 2019, on Gemma Collins: Diva Forever, where he was given a recurring role.
In 2017, Cheban had a role in By Any Means, where he played Phil Cohen. So far, it is his only non-reality show acting credit.
Cheban has also shown his skill as an entrepreneur. He launched Kritik, a clothing line, in 2008. He also designed jewelry for RichRocks. In 2012, he opened Sushi MiKasa, a Miami sushi restaurant. 2014 saw the launch of Glam Screen, a cover and mirror for smartphones, and TheDishh, a website focused on entertainment and lifestyle in the luxury segment. In 2015, Cheban opened Burger Bandit, a fast-food restaurant in New York.
2019 saw Cheban launch a podcast under his Foodgod handle: Foodgod: OMFG!
He graduated from Hofstra University in 1995 with a degree in communications.
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