Did you know Zac Efron was a culinary maestro? Neither did we. But apparently he has hoodwinked the execs at MTV into thinking he is, because they have given him his own cooking show. Hey, as long as he keeps his shirt off, whatevs.
In a statement from the network, it has been announced that Efron will use his experience as “an actor, traveller and food lover” to “explore how food has moved to the center of millennial culture.”
“The project will look beyond the extravagant and obscure in food to explore the artistry, storytelling and journeys in what we eat, and the issues and experiences surrounding what we find on our plates,” the statement, released during MTV’s upfront presentations, reads.
MTV Network president Sean Atkins told Mashable that Efron plans to take a different approach from other food shows.
“It’s not necessarily about the cuisine — like, ‘oh, I ate pig guts’ or ‘wow, this is the best steak I’ve ever had.’ It’s more about the cultural impact of food for our audience,” he said. “He’s really passionate about it. He’s so excited about it.”
What remains to be seen is if Efron will be shirtless for the majority of the documentary, like he has been in most of his recent work, including the upcoming Baywatch movie.
The new project will be sure to distract Efron from his recent breakup with his girlfriend of two years, Sami Miro.
“It wasn’t an easy breakup,” a source told E! News. “Distance and work schedules got in the way with their relationship and Zac wanted to focus on his career.”