Sherri Shepherd

Sherri Shepherd returns to TV this week, a year after leaving “The View,” to premiere her very own show “Holy & Hungry,” which will air on the cooking channel.

The six-episode series explores faith and food as Shepherd, a devout Christian, visits different restaurants and religious leaders who are in the food industry, including a bistro run by a pastor, a kosher deli, and a halal butcher, among others. The former ABC talk show host describes eating as “a religious experience.”

“For every single restaurant or chef I visited, food is their calling and it’s how they minister to people,” Shepherd told The Huffington Post. “I don’t care who you are or what you believe, you still gotta sit down and eat. And when you sit down and eat you feel at peace, and that’s when, I believe, you can change the world.”

Growing up in a Christian home as the daughter of a church deacon and a mother who regularly prepared Sunday feasts, Shepherd learned the importance of faith, food and family and how all three are connected. She said that every Sunday after church her family would bond over “a lot of laughter” and family favorites like apricot-covered chicken, collard greens and peach cobbler.

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