Kim Kardashian's BFF Jonathan Cheban Wants To Legally Change His Name To This Insane Word

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It looks like tattooing his nickname to his forearm wasn’t enough to sate the Foodgod's appetite. As Page Six reported on Monday, food fan and Keeping Up with the Kardashians supporting character Jonathan Cheban apparently wants to change his name to Foodgod. Legally. Yes, the Sonny Bono to Kim Kardashian’s Cher may actually tattoo the sobriquet to his birth certificate next. Cheban told the publication,

“Everyone calls me foodgod; scream it in the streets and run up to me in restaurants, and I want people calling me foodgod when they write about me — not Jonathan or ‘BFF.’”

And the dude seems to be serious about it. When E! News asked Cheban about the name change, he replied,

"I became Foodgod by posting food and hot places since social media really started. Now, with millions of followers, people from all over the world look to me for places to go. Inspired by this, I decided to legally change my name to Foodgod."

E! News added that Cheban's attorney is "currently working on making the name change legal."

Once upon a time, Kanye West dubbed the entrepreneur/reality star/social media foodie “Foodgod.” And from that moment forward, Cheban did as anyone fortunate enough to be given a nickname by Ye would do: He ran with it. Cheban changed his Instagram and Twitter handles to @foodgod, continues to post pics and videos of the stuff he eats, launched a meal delivery service, and on the most recent episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kim Kardashian watched him get the nickname inked onto his arm. He has been committed to the Foodgod life for a while, and it sounds like he might take that commitment to a new level. A new level that involves legal paperwork, filing fees, and patiently waiting for the request to be processed. A tedious and serious level.

While the nickname "Foodgod" may call to mind an image of a Greek god who watches over the harvest, or a deity who can make a feast appear out of thin air, that’s not what Cheban's Foodgod is all about. Cheban’s Foodgod is all about dining out, sucking down scoops caviar like it’s oxygen, and showing people how he goes about tucking into a slice of pizza.

While Foodgod is a perfectly acceptable and totally fitting name for Cheban, it isn’t the only perfectly acceptable and totally fitting name for Cheban. Now, if for some reason or another he decides he isn’t ready to commit to Foodgod, but still wants to switch his name, there are some other solid options. Here are some additional possible names for Cheban.


When it comes to chowing down on ‘za, this dude is otherworldly.

NotLeak Cheban

Do you remember Kourtney and Khloe Take the Hamptons? Whew, that offshoot of KUWTK sure feels like an eon ago. Anyway, on that season, Kim and Cheban took a trip to the Jersey Shore the same weekend the Kardashian-Jenner family believed someone in their inner circle was leaking information about their family to the press. Just as they were getting settled into the rental house, Kim received some information from her sisters that prompted her to accuse Cheban of being the leak. Long story short, Kim realizes Cheban wasn’t the leak, their friendship lived on, everything’s fine.


This would combine two important titles: Kim’s BFF and Foodgod.

Jonathan Kheban

If he were to replace the “C” in “Cheban” with a “K,” it would be a tasteful homage to the Kardashian family.

Commercial Cheban

On a recent episode of KUWTK, Cheban asked Kourtney Kardashian's son Reign if he remembered his name. Reign replied, “Commercial.” Why does Reign believe Cheban’s name is “Commercial”? Does Kourtney call Cheban "Commercial" when he's not around? The viewers at home may never know. Regardless, Commercial Cheban has a nice ring to it.

And do you know what else has a nice ring to it? Foodgod Cheban. Or wait. Will it be Jonathan Foodgod Cheban? Or Foodgod Foodgood? Or just Foodgod? Wow, it's an embarrassment of awesome choices. Can't wait to see which name the foodie artist formerly known as Jonathan Cheban lands on.