While some other ex-boy band members might not have much career action these days, Joey Fatone couldn’t be busier. Maybe that’s because the one-time *NSYNC singer’s professional life is diversification personified. He’s a man on the move, crisscrossing the country as he juggles multiple demands. “I’m hustling,” declares the pop star cum actor-dancer-host — who has now added Celebrity Foodie to his list of personas.
Viewers of the “Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off” saw Joey make a respectable showing as an amateur chef this week. He made it to the final four and picked up a $5,000 prize for his charitable foundation by acing an on-the-spot challenge — before Lou Diamond Phillips became the winner and Coolio came in second. Now, Joey’s about to head out on the road to shoot more episodes of his new Live Well network cooking show, “My Family Recipe Rocks.” He tells us that “Family Recipe” — in which he visits everyday people making extraordinary dishes in their home kitchens — actually came about before he even signed on to the competition show.
“We’ve already done 10 episodes. We’ve gone to West Palm Beach, Chicago, Vegas, North Carolina…Now we have 10 more to do. In the next couple of weeks we’ll go to New Orleans and on from there. I don’t know what I’m getting,” he says. One memorable cooking episode featured fried gator with bourbon, he says. This week’s show (2/4) has a man demonstrating the “old school, Southern kind of way” to fix collard greens.
“It’s been pretty crazy,” says Fatone, who is now headquartering in Orlando, Florida with wife Kelly and their two daughters. “I’m about to fly back to Vegas to do the live version of ‘The Price is Right,’ and my family will come join me for a couple of weeks. It’s a blast. You pay for a ticket, you might be called to come on down. We play Plinko and stuff like that. It’s also great because it keeps the hosting chops up for me. This is a great way to do that, because these players come from all walks of life, they’re not pre-screened, they’re normal people who come to see a show,” he says. They’re doing the live “Price is Right” in Atlantic City as well.
Joey’s also been working on his acting career, he says. His latest project is the recently-released slasher movie, “Inkubus” with Robert Englund. It’s coming to home viewing On Demand and DVD Feb. 21. “It was my first horror film. That took me completely out of my element,” says Fatone, a scary movie buff. ” It was so cool.”