*Heavyweight rapper Fat Joe is cashing in on his love of food by launching a seafood restaurant in his native New York.

The artist has teamed up with chef Mark Thomas to open the Caribbean-inspired Express in the Bronx, the first in a chain of eateries, reports WENN.

And Fat Joe is hoping to build on the food venture with a television series that allows him to share recipes with fans.

“I’m working on a cooking show… Who else can you trust other than Fat Joe to tell you what food is good or not?,” he says. “Me and my guy Chef Mark – he’s an incredible chef – we got that studio audience, we got that band, we gonna bring guys like Lil Wayne, your favorite rapper, and we gonna ask him what’s his favorite dish and we gonna make it for him.”