Who didn’t see this happening? After James Wright Chanel’s ‘Patti Pie’ review went viral on YouTube, he’s become an instant star. And Patti LaBelle’s pies are now legendary. So it makes good sense (cents) for them to team up and do a cooking show.
The Cooking Channel hopped on the idea, and brought the two together for a holiday cooking special.
According to People, LaBelle and Chanel are a match made in cooking heaven. And they’ve forged a friendship instantly.
“It’s one of those blessed stories,” LaBelle tells PEOPLE. “For his birthday, which is Thanksgiving, we were at my home. I invited him to dinner before I even met him.”
In fact, their first meeting was on the set of the show. “It was his first time seeing me, so when he came into the kitchen, he saw me and my back was turned. He came up behind me and he had on these beautiful leopard pants and a necklace,” the singer says. “We just had a love moment.”
And now, LaBelle sees herself not only as a mentor, but as a mother figure for Chanel. “He’s such a larger than life person himself; he’s like my new son. It’s just a blessing when people come into your life like this and you’re not expecting anything.”
Chanel, who LaBelle says is a good sous chef, is equally thankful for his new friendship with LaBelle.
“When she first called, it was like we’d known each other forever; we talked like we were best friends,” Chanel tells PEOPLE. “I told her, ‘I have to tell my mom that Patti is my new momma too.’ I said, ‘Patti, you my momma!’”
The dynamic duo’s cooking show will air on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 8:30 E.T. on the Cooking Channel.