From the creators of the award-winning podcast Feast of Fun comes ‘Cooking with Drag Queens’, a new web series that combines two of America’s favorite pastimes: drag and eating. Hosts Fausto Fernós and Marc Felion aim to create a viewing experience that can best be described as Julia Child-meets-RuPaul.
‘Cooking with Drag Queens’ will be a community-funded, broadcast-quality interview and cooking program. Since 2005, Fernós and Felion have interviewed hundreds of the world’s top drag queens — ranging from local newcomers, RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni and legendary drag queens — over the course of more than 2,000 episodes of Feast of Fun.
According to the show’s creators, ‘Cooking With Drag Queens’ is primed for success based on the recent uptick in the public’s interest in drag.
“We are in a Golden Age of drag,” adds Felion. “Thanks to the success of RuPaul’s Drag Race, people have developed a huge appetite for this type of show, and the people are hungry for more.”
“While culinary how-to videos produced by members of the drag community is not a new concept in itself, content that discusses the performers’ relationship to food remains scarce,” says Fernós. “In ‘Cooking with Drag Queens’, we hope to provide the viewer with high-quality content aimed at getting to know the person behind the glamorous visage.”
Fernós and Felion have teamed up with producer and director Mike Malarkey of Second City and iO. Malarkey brings with him years of experience producing and directing independent films and web series, making him the ideal candidate to help bring’ Cooking with Drag Queens’ to life.
The show’s creators each have a long history working with food. Felion has twenty years of experience in the restaurant industry, and Fernós took confectionary arts classes at his local college. Fernós was also featured in El Nuevo Dia in an article called “Cocinerito En Su Casa” (The Little Chef at Home), spent time working as a cook in Austin, Texas. In 1997, he collaborated on Food, a musical that parodied Martha Stewart in an updated version of Hansel and Gretel.
Through Friday, Aug 22 2014 at midnight, supporters can help make ‘Cooking with Drag Queens’ a reality by contributing to the Kickstarter campaign. Together, the duo hope to raise $12,000 to cover the cost of producing Season One.
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