Kim Kardashian’s BFF Jonathan Cheban Chronicles His Insane Cheat Meals On Instagram
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be Kim Kardashian’s best friend? Jonathan Cheban, aka the Foodgod, would know best.
Born in Russia to a real-estate agent and a diamond-dealer, Cheban grew up in a small town in New Jersey. After working as a publicist in New York, he became a mainstay in the party scene, rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous.
So how did he meet the Kardashians? According to the Daily Mail, Cheban has known Scott Disick since childhood. But it was a separate small coincidence that brought the Foodgod and Kim together. The two first met after they were seated next to each other at a birthday party, and ever since then, Kim and Cheban have been rock solid.
If you’ve ever watched an episode of KUWTK, you’ll know that these BFFs love to bond over food. Since then, Cheban has gained a reputation for his penchant for the weirdest, most wonderful, and opulent foods across the world. His Instagram alter-ego, Foodgod, now has over 3 million followers. Not only does he detail cheat days spent with Kim, but he travels around the globe discovering the wildest culinary experiences.
From his fiery personality to his insatiable appetite, Foodgod has become a staple to this niche corner of the internet.
It’s All In The Name
The origin story of how Jonathan Cheban became “Foodgod” is one that involves diet coke, Kim, and Kanye West. The L.A. Times reported on it in early 2019.
It all began with the unlikely trio sitting in a food court.
“[Years ago] a friend suggests the name Foodgod and Cheban kind of likes it. Once, in the middle of a mob scene at a food court with Kardashian and Kanye West, Cheban hears West call out to him over the roaring of the crowd and paparazzi. ‘Foodgod! Can you get me a Diet Coke?’ And so he was christened by Ye under the bright yellow neon lights of the golden arches,” the outlet revealed.
In the build-up to the launch of his podcast, Cheban announced that he would officially changing his name to Foodgod, and he actually did. The eponymous podcast details his life and interviews his famous friends, while talking about what he’s been eating.
On an episode of the KUWTK, the family even came together to celebrate the name change.
“Lots of things are happening with Foodgod,” Cheban told the Mirror in August. “My name officially changes to Foodgod next month, it’s in with all the documents, I’ve had my fingerprints taken so next month I will be officially Foodgod, which is very exciting.
He added, “I told Kim and my mom that they have to call me Foodgod…and they both said, ‘But I’ve always called you Jonathan’ and I said, ‘I don’t care you have to call me Foodgod, period’.”
But what really prompted the big change?
On his first podcast episode of Foodgod: OMFG, he spoke with Kim, telling her what drove him to start a new endeavor.
While recalling how his new identity started he recalled, “At this point, I am miserable because the social media stars are growing, the reality stuff is going down, Kim and everybody is like having nine babies, I’m like, ‘Oh my god, my time is going to start ticking down on the show and I’m not going to be on as much because there’s so many kids.”
With even less airtime on the show that made him famous he wondered, “Why am I needed — except being funny, hysterical, witty, fast and always there for them, good looking, smart? So I was like almost depressed.”
As he brainstormed opportunities, like starting a website, he thought about how Scott Disick branded himself, as “The Lord.”
“I wanted a name that would make me a thing. I wanted to be the name. I didn’t know how to do that,” he said on the Podcast, adding everything came together at the Sugar Factory.
While eating a cheeseburger with white chocolate on top, his friend suggested Cheban call himself “Food Guy.”
Quickly, the friend’s girlfriend shouted, Foodgod, instead, and it stuck.
“I’m like, that’s f*cking amazing!” Cheban revealed. “I was frozen. I go, holy crap! So that was step one. Step two was getting passed the Kardashian police.”
“So, we were on our way to Iceland that next day literally. So I’m all packed — it was me, Kim, Simon, Kourtney, Kanye… We’re sitting at the airport lounge and I said, let me test it with Kim and Kanye. If Kanye and Kim don’t laugh at it, there’s a chance that I could go with it. But if they did laugh at it, it would be a mockery and I’d never be the Foodgod that I am right now,” he added.
He continued, “So I tell them the name and there was like no reaction, nobody cared, bad or good. I’m not satisfied.”
While on the trip, Foodgod and Kanye became deep in conversation over watermelon juice versus orange juice, and Kayne laughs and said, “Wow, that is is some Foodgod sh*t right there.”
If you’re curious about his content and podcast, we’ve got all the details on the incredible (yet extremely unhealthy) food he posts. And if you follow this aspiring legend, you’ll know he’s not afraid to be a little controversial.
Like, when he said he was rooting for Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson to get back together, after Tristan cheated on Khloé while she was nine months pregnant and again with Jordyn Woods.
Yes. He literally said, “I think him and Khloé are a really dope couple. I don’t know what went on in the middle. I’m cutting that part out of my head,” before adding, “I know what happened, but I’m just saying I don’t want to talk about it. I don’t care. If that didn’t happen, I think that him andKhloé are a dope couple. The baby is cute. ”
And in a bizarre move, he and Kim had dinner with Khloé baby daddy.
Brooklyn rapper, Tekashi 6ix9ine, was indicted in federal court on numerous charges in 2018, including alleged involvement in shootings, armed robbery, and drug trafficking. This followed a child sex charge from 2015.
The nature of his crimes has made collaborators with 6ix9ine the targets of backlash.
So it was strange to see Foodgod post a throwback to a meeting with the disgraced rapper. “A year ago, before all the drama, I had a very unexpected and dangerous time with Tekashi69 that I never shared with anyone,” reads the caption. “Almost got killed!”
After a barrage of comments, Foodgod hit back.
Besides personally taking aim at people in the comments, he added a second, more pointed caption. “If you can’t read unfollow me, please!”
We all remember when Kim and Jonathan dressed up as Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee for Halloween. But do you recall Foodgod’s very on-brand Willy Wonka cosplay?
Eerily accurate, everything from Cheban’s hair to the lavish amounts of candy fit the bill.
“Sometimes I really do feel like Willy Wonka,” he wrote in a caption.
The Infamous Gold Wings
In a collaboration between The Ainsworth and Foodgod, the sports bar created a combo deal like no other. For $1000, you can order fifty gold-covered chicken wings and a bottle of champagne.
In a close-up video posted on his Instagram, Cheban shared his excitement.
Dipped in a blue cheese sauce, Foodgod takes a massive bite as his gold dust-covered lips mash together. If you can’t stomach watching people talk with their mouths full, you might have to skip this full-scale production.
These gold wings broke the internet.
Soaked in coconut butter, chipotle, and honey batter for 24 hours, these wings and drumsticks are then fried and dusted with gold flakes.
Without a sweet tooth, it’s hard to see the point of a cake for no reason.
However, when it comes to the Foodgod, anything goes.
A tower of pancakes, donuts, caviar, burgers, and pizza all made out of fondant, this cake is out of this world.
It really makes you wonder who is going to eat it all?
If there was ever a moment to make you a Foodgod fanatic, this would be it. Created by Ben Cullen aka The Bakeking, this eerie cake clone of Cheban’s head was something else.
He was also treated to a platter of pizza, hotdogs, apples, baked beans, and fries.
But there was a twist.
Wielding a knife, Foodgod cuts into each treat into innocuous pieces, revealing that they’re all actually made of chocolate cake.
He bizarrely throws them around, taking bites of cake-pizza, while declaring it’s a Foodgod “cheat day.”
Leaving the effigy of himself to last, Cheban waves it at the camera.
Cutting a slice right out of his own head, “I feel like Dr. Ourian,” he exclaims, a deep-cut reference to the Kardashian-family’s plastic surgeon.
We can’t stop laughing and wondering what Kim thought of that little comment.
The pièce de résistance? Foodgod taking a bite out of his own, chocolate cake face. It’s truly a sight to behold.
No matter who you are or where you come from, we all love waffles. The bigger and fluffier, the better— but not according to Foodgod. In this video, he insists that there is only one-way waffles should be made.
“I’m so pissed,” the caption reads. “Please, no big holes!!! Am I right??
Cheban insists that Eggos and any other waffles with big dips are inferior to smaller ones. How do you like your waffles?
Size Does Matter
A cursory glance at Foodgod’s Instagram page quickly reveals that for him, bigger is most certainly better. In this particular video, Cheban is pictured holding an ice cream sandwich bigger than his head.
The staged video sees Foodgod ordering ice cream at a Texan shop.
“Wow, everything is bigger in Texas. This is crazy,” he rattles off to the camera while holding a giant ice cream sandwich.
These awkward, albeit hilarious videos, are a staple on his Instagram feed.
There are plenty of bewildered customers in the background.
While most of these videos have made the list for the wildly extravagant foods Cheban is flaunting, this visit to Queens is in a league of its own.
“Here I am,” he announces himself to the shop owner. “Here I am, the Foodgod is here.”
“You know I have eaten in the best restaurants in the world,” Cheban announces to the unimpressed owner. Whether this is edited to seem more awkward than it is, is hard to tell, but it’s the strangest 2 minutes I’ve ever seen.
And that’s before we even get to the pizza.
Krave It’s three-course pizza is unlike any other pizza you’ve seen. Topped with sliders, fries, onion rings, and finally deep-fried Oreos, you can’t say it doesn’t deliver on its name.
Kooky Cake Bites
If you had to pick a uniting theme for Foodgod’s Instagram page, it would have to be the outlandish way he eats his food. It’s done with such careless disregard that it’s mesmerizing.
In this post celebrating the New Year, Cheban bites into a cake filled with candy.
This cake “is the most Foodgod thing I’ve ever seen,” he announced before ripping off a slice of the rainbow surprise cake.
As sweets spill on the floor, he positions his mouth under the stream of candy.
Whoever is holding the camera squeals uncomfortably summing up all our feelings at once. With a mouth full of cake and candy, Cheban points to the camera and yells, “Happy New Year!” Simply wild.
A Life Of Luxury
Cheban’s Instagram is also a hotbed for the foodie’s amateur acting. While staying at The Bodrum by Paramount Hotels & Resorts in Turkey, he pretends to pick up the phone and order a glass of freshly squeezed juice.
From here, madness ensues.
Acting as though he’s just woken up, the camera scans the luxurious room and follows Cheban out into his personal deck.
Here, the Foodgod meets his match.
Standing on the balcony is a shoeless man, wearing a chef’s hat, cutting up platters of fruit for Cheban. That man is dancing sensation, @HamletCouture who is so ridiculous he even makes the Foodgod break character. “He almost died squeezing my juice,” reads the caption.
Banana Pudding Bedlam
“Are you ready to see the biggest banana pudding you’ve ever seen?” asks Cheban. And if we’re being honest, probably not. But since we have no choice, we’re treated to pudding the size of a small child.
Complete with a giant spoon, Foodgod lifts the dessert up.
Maniacally digging at it with not one but two spatulas, pudding is flying everywhere as he takes huge bites of the delicious treat. It’d oddly satisfying while being completely offputting. We just hope he’s sharing.
Gooey Hot Chocolate
If you want to see the “gooiest, most decadent hot chocolate in the entire world,” there is only one place to go. Foodgod travels to England in his pursuit of the most fantastic food and drinks in the world.
Made with lashings of melted chocolate, this is probably the most edible concoction on his page yet.
But Cheban can’t help but seductively commentate the entire thing. “Have you ever seen a hot chocolate like this?” he moans before taking a sip. With his teeth and lips covered in brown sludge, he smiles at the camera. There really is nothing quite like this on the internet.
In a covert operation, Cheban headed to TGIF Friday’s to test out their endless appetizers promotion. On closer inspection, this is actually a lowkey ad, but it’s still ridiculous.
What starts with a humble plate of mozzarella sticks turns into unending plates of food.
Pictured digging into potstickers, wings, and fries, Cheban is relentless.
Draped in a black and gold Versace robe, Cheban brings the camera into his bathroom. We’re used to seeing the Foodgod at opulent restaurants and luxurious resorts, so this came out of left field.
But for what it’s worth, that’s one gorgeous bathroom.
The last thing you to see is a cereal review as Cheban sits on the toilet, but here we are. Holding a box embellished with the words “Poop Like A Champion,” Cheban explains that this is the perfect solution for those a little backed up after the music festival season.
Is eating on the toilet kosher?
The answer doesn’t matter, because Cheban rips into the box while perched on the can. Pouring a handful in his mouth as kernels fall to the floor, his face turns from excitement to dismay. “This tastes like cardboard.”
Upset at not only at the small size of the cereal box but also at the disappointing taste, Cheban poured the cereal into the toilet.
This is the polar opposite of the satisfying goo videos on your explore page. With cereal littered on the seat, Foodgod flushes the toilet, brings the cereal box back into focus and yells “NO!” Somehow, it’s the first time we agree with him.
During his podcast, he’s ventured to other topics outside the food scene, which includes a lot of Kardashian and Jenner updates.
On the Sept. 26 episode of his podcast, he invited controversial YouTuber Logan Paul, who asked if he had a shot at dating Kendall.
“Mmm… I don’t think so,” Jonathan admitted, before he added, “And you know why?”
“I think you’re too out there, and Kendall is very low-key with people she dates and they’re low-key,” he explained.
Logan didn’t take the news poorly, and said, “I have this thing, every girl I end up dating, is like a couple of things. They hate me first. I think when you meet me in real life I’m not the guy you see on the Internet…as disappointing as that is.”
Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem Logan’s intentions are very genuine.
When Jonathan asked why he was shooting his shot now, he responded, “I’m just ready for a high-profile relationship, dawg.”
And outside of work, he’s been seen with former Teen Mom star Farrah Abraham.
After having dinner with Farrah, footage of her daughter smashing a chocolate dessert, sparked outrage.
Fans of Foodgod we’re pleased to see him hanging out with someone considered trashy and a “wannabe Kim.”
A comment also came in appearing to be directed to Cheban.
“@foodgood why would you associate with these z listers? Frankenfraud Farrah wants to be a Kardashian so bad, this looks so bad for you.”
If you thought this was bad, Jonathan even blasted Khloé ex-husband, Lamar Odom.
He recalled calling running into the basketball star as uncomfortable to co-host, Kristian Murda.
“I don’t want to talk about it,” he initially said on the podcast, before revealing the awkward exchange happened after he was asked at Dancing With The Stars taping if he’d like to speak with Lamar, who was a contestant.
“He said, ‘You wanna say hi to this guy?'” Jonathan claims someone asked, beforing adding he responded by saying no, “’I’m good.’
“Because Lamar and I don’t have a friendship at all. There’s zero [relationship there], so I’m like, ‘Why would I randomly say hi to somebody?’ We never, like, really spoke even when he was with Khloe. And also, I don’t want to be a distraction to somebody,” he explained.
Jonathan further explained, “So, I’m like, ‘No, I’m good.’ And apparently Lamar heard it, and I was mortified.”
Kristian noted that Odom allegedly replied, “I’m good too, bud.”
“We never connected. He’s not my boy. Tristan [Thompson]’s my boy. No, just kidding. I got a lot of s**t for that. Not going back to that,” referencing his recent comments about Kardashian’s other ex.