Pies Pies Pies!
YouTube star James Wright is having some sweet dreams come true this holiday season. The wave of attention that he received after his review of Patti LaBelle‘s sweet potato pie went viral has not only blessed him with the chance to meet one of his favorite singers, but now the duo will be officially teaming up.
It’s been announced that the R&B legend and Wright will host a holiday cooking special on the Cooking Channel.
“It’s one of those blessed stories,” LaBelle told 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 upcoming 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 Wright. “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.”
You can watch the pair together (and maybe get the famous pie recipe) on December 16 at 8:30 PM ET on the Cooking Channel.