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She tried them out so we didn’t have to.
Nothing spoke to the beginning of quarantine quite like home cooking. With ample time on our hands and restaurants around the world temporarily closing their doors, we were—whether or not we wanted to—spending a lot of our time in the kitchen.
New recipes were tested and Instagram saw its fair share of baked goods. Jumping on the trend, HBO Max launched its very own quarantine-cooking show. Locking down singer, actor, general super-star Selena Gomez, the new streaming service launched Selena + Chef, where Gomez sits down—over Zoom—with some of the world’s best chefs. Connecting virtually, the chefs walk the home cook through some of their signature recipes—and those of us at home get to kick back and watch someone else frantically search for a misplaced ingredient. With Selena + Chef providing step-by-step guides to some of the world’s finest dishes, we’re letting you know what to try your hand at (and which ones you can continue to order in).
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10. Selena + Ludo Lefebvre
The very first episode of the very first season introduces viewers to Selena, her home kitchen, and world-renowned chef and Petit Trois owner Ludo Lefebvre. With a French upbringing and training that inspires much of his menu, it was only appropriate that he teach Gomez and crew how to make a delicious (and oh so buttery) French omelet. It’s perfectly simple yet utterly decadent, upgrading your $2 carton of eggs into something worthy of a Michelin star. The other half of the episode focuses on how to create the perfect souffle and, after watching Selena receive one-on-one tutoring and still struggle, we’re going to stick to ordering—chefs, we’ll let you do your thing.
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9. Selena + Marcus Samuelsson
You might have recognized season two, episode four’s guest chef from his time judging concoctions on Food Network’s Chopped or from his signature restaurant, the Red Rooster Harlem. But when joining Gomez on HBO, Chef Samuelsson left the appraisals and signature chicken sandwich behind for salmon and an anything-but-simple salad. For pescatarians, fish-inclined, and those looking for something lighter—though no chef will shy away from butter—this is the meal. Samuelsson walks host and viewers through everything from cutting and prepping the salmon fillets to the best glaze.
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8. Selena + Jon and Vinny
Jon and Vinny have become notorious in Los Angeles, a city run on green juice and kale salads, for their rich pastas and (yes, actually good!) homemade pizzas. And though they might be known for their hefty Italian dishes, the two joined Gomez for episode five of season one to walk her through a classic roasted chicken dinner. It’s the perfect meal for entertaining or meal-prepping and, though simple in theory, unbelievably intimidating. Having two professionals take viewers through the chicken roasting process, from tips on flavoring to the more specific things like cook time and temperatures, gave home-chefs (me) the confidence to take on the bird. Money saved, meals prepped.
7. Selena + Curtis Stone
Australian chef Curtis Stone pivoted due to the pandemic, opening a restaurant that he saw as offering the perfect takeout: premade picnic baskets. Chef Stone brought the concept of easy, on-the-go food to Gomez’s kitchen and, if willing to put in the effort, your’s and my kitchen, too. The two cooked up steak sandwiches, created Mason jar key lime pie parfaits, and even homemade potato chips—though, between you and me, Lays will continue to be my potato chip chef. The meal the two create is what it advertises: elevated simplicity. There’s nothing too complicated about what you’re creating, but small things—like a special aioli—bring it to another level. This packed lunch packs flavors.
6. Selena + Kelis Rogers
Aside from the fire…things go pretty fine. While once known for her hit single Milkshake, Kelis Rogers has now taken to the simple life, growing and harvesting food for recipe development. And when she joined Selena for an afternoon in the kitchen, she did what all home cooks could ever hope for in a recipe—she pulled out the pressure cooker. While oxtail might not be something we’re all familiar with cooking, Kelis makes it look simple and Gomez and company’s reaction make it seem well worth the attempt at cooking something new. Yucca is turned into a fry and then drowned in oxtail stew and shredded cheese, looking like something I’ll be having a few servings of.
5. Selena + Antonio Lofaso
In the show’s second episode, home chef Selena is joined by celebrity chef Antonio Lofaso to create DAMA’s, Lofaso’s Los Angeles Latin American restaurant, signature seafood tostada. This recipe is perhaps not for the squeamish—step five is “cut the octopus’s head off”—but if your stomach can handle a little food handling, it’s worth the process. The chef creates a ceviche of octopus, calamari, and shrimp to top crisp, homemade tortilla chips. It’s salty from the seafood, acidic from the citrus and vinegar, and made perfectly fresh by seasonal vegetables—every taste bud is activated (obviously in the best way possible).
4. Selena + Marcela Valladolid
If nothing else, this episode is a great watch as Selena reconnects with her Mexican roots to create mole and enchiladas. But, it also happens to be an incredible recipe executed by none other than Marcela Valladolid, chef and host of Food Network’s Mexican Made Easy. The two work to whip up a simple mole (or as simple as mole can get), something good for any home chef wanting to create an authentic Mexican meal to learn. And while the shredded chicken mole tacos trigger the “drooling because I’m now so hungry” reflex in viewers, it’s the cinnamon sugar buñuelos that really take it home. The dessert is unbelievably simple in both ingredients and practice and end up tasting otherworldly—that is to say I’ll be indulging in more than one—it’s a win-win.
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3. Selena + JJ Johnson
There is much to love about this episode, like the charismatic chef and aromas we can only imagine coming from the stove. But, really, it’s the meal that makes the episode incredible. JJ Johnson is the founder of NYC’s FIELDTRIP and author of Between Harlem and Heaven, and when he joins Selena in her kitchen, he whips out his signature seafood gumbo recipe. Gumbo is a favorite of the South, and now perhaps a favorite in Selena’s home. The great thing about this gumbo recipe, and most gumbo recipes, is that it can all be made in one pot. It’s bursting with flavor—with a list of 23 ingredients—but something even beginner home cooks can make. There are no fancy chopping techniques, no specialty cookware; it’s just you, your pot, and a whole lot of flavor.
2. Selena + Roy Choi
After grabbing lunch from your local taco truck you’ve likely thought to yourself, mouth full of freshly-chopped cilantro and onions, “If only I could make something this good.” With Roy Choi’s assistance, you can. Chef Roy Choi is famous for his Korean-Mexican taco truck Kogi, which travels Los Angeles serving up things like kimchi quesadillas and calamari tacos. And, in season one, episode four, he steps out of his taco truck and into his kitchen to help Selena create his Korean BBQ short rib breakfast taco. The marinade we begin this episode with is a punch of salt, sweet, and garlicky bite, which imparts serious flavor into the beef short rib. Add something that good to a warm tortilla with eggs, tater tots, and a homemade sauce and you’ve got a reason to never eat another brunch out again.
1. Selena + José Andrés
There is something both delightful and delicious to come out of just about every Selena + Chef episode, and José Andrés’ appearance just takes that and multiplies it by five. José Andrés, the Spanish-American chef and founder of World Central Kitchen, takes home the first-place prize because he doesn’t bring us one dish, he presents us with a slew of wonderful and oh-so-simple tapas perfect for sharing (or hoarding, no judgment). There’s gazpacho, a microwaved (you read that right) omelet, mussels a la gallega (potatoes and mussels), gambas al ajillo (garlicky shrimp), and pan con tomate with jamon Iberico (bread covered in tomatoes and olive oil). It’s a presentation of varying difficulty and skill, but all—even the simplest—incredibly delicious. It’s hard to not get first place when the meal involves a microwave and can still be considered five-stars.
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Is Selena plus chef good? ›
Is It Any Good? Kids who are into food (or who like Selena Gomez) will enjoy this lighthearted cooking show. Selena and Chef is especially great for kids who really want to learn tips about how to cook. While Gomez is a multitalented singer and actress, she's a pretty inexperienced cook.Who is Selena roommate? ›
Selena + Chef viewers know Stevens as Gomez's roommate and best friend. In addition to helping Gomez put out kitchen fires, she runs the video podcast "Giving Back Generation." Stevens' friendship with Gomez was explored in the singer's November 2022 documentary, My Mind & Me.
Selena + Chef (TV Series 2020– ) - IMDb.Is Selena Gomez a good chef? ›
According to the magazine, Gomez now rates her culinary abilities a “5 out of 10.” “I wish I had more time to cook, but with work it's not always easy,” the Only Murders in the Building star said. “I love when I get the chance to cook for my friends and family.”Who is the most successful Hell's Kitchen winner? ›
|Born||March 13, 1982 St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.|
|Education||The Culinary Institute of America (2008)|
|Rating(s) Michelin stars|
Carla Hall has become one of the most successful Top Chef alum, becoming a cohost on ABC's The Chew in 2011 and also working as a contributor on shows like Good Morning America.Are Raisa and Selena still friends? ›
Selena Gomez proves she's still best friends with kidney donor Francia Raisa in TikTok challenge.Who is the best friend of Selena? ›
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Selena Gomez has joined her friend, the actor Francia Raisa, for a TikTok challenge. The two have been friends since 2007 when they met during a visit to a children's hospital. 10 years later, Raisa donated her kidney to Gomez, who lives with the autoimmune disease lupus.What was Selena's favorite dish? ›
Selena's favorite food was pizza. She loved to brag that she could polish off a whole medium pizza by herself. Selena loved tacos from Jack In The Box when she was touring. In the early days, Jack In The Box was her family's favorite fast food restaurant.
What was Selena's favorite fruit? ›
Mangos. Mango is Selena's favorite fruit. They're sweet and reminiscent of the islands, so we understand why she likes them so much.What is Selena's diet? ›
"I made a lot of rice bowls with veggies, protein, and avocado for Selena. It helped give her energy and stamina, which she needed to get through her shows. I also made healthy chicken salad with grapes and celery—it quenched her thirst and the protein filled her up.Who is the most amazing chef in the world? ›
- #1 Dabiz Muñoz. Spain.
- #2 Rene Redzepi. Denmark.
- #3 Joan Roca. Spain.
- #4 Massimo Bottura. Italy.
- #5 Andoni Luis Aduriz. Spain.
- #6 Bjorn Frantzén. Sweden.
- #7 Disfrutar. Spain.
- #8 Alain Passard. France.
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Hell's Kitchen is an American reality competition cooking show that premiered on Fox on May 30, 2005. The series is hosted by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, who created and appeared in the British series of the same name.Who is the most loved Hell's Kitchen contestant? ›
- 1 Dave Levey, Season 6. Although Christina Wilson was good and is Chef Ramsay's right hand. ...
- 2 Christina Wilson, Season 10. ...
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- 5 Jon Scallion, Season 11. ...
- 6 Kevin Cottle, Season 6. ...
- 7 Meghan Gill, Season 14. ...
- 8 Michael Wray, Season 1.
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Though the two are not friends anymore, they share the same love and respect for each other. In an interview with Harper's Bazaar, Lovato candidly said, “But I'm not friends with her. I will always have love for her, and I wish everybody nothing but the best.” That is so so sweet Demi!Are Selena and Taylor still friends? ›
While those romances have fizzled out, Selena and Taylor's friendship has only grown stronger. Over the years, fans have seen Selena and Taylor by each other's side on red carpets, in cat selfies and even in a surprise cameo on Selena's cooking show.Who is Taylor Swift's Best friend? ›
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She has been friends with Selena for over 10 years.
However, the loss in kidney function is usually very mild, and life span is normal. Most people with one kidney live healthy, normal lives with few problems. In other words, one healthy kidney can work as well as two.Can u live with one kidney? ›
Your kidneys filter out waste and extra fluid from your blood so it can be excreted from your body in your urine. One kidney can filter enough blood to keep your body functioning normally. This is why you can survive and be healthy with only one kidney.How long does a live kidney transplant last? ›
A living donor kidney functions, on average, 12 to 20 years, and a deceased donor kidney from 8 to 12 years. Patients who get a kidney transplant before dialysis live an average of 10 to 15 years longer than if they stayed on dialysis.What caused Selena's weight gain? ›
In reality, she was receiving treatment for her lupus. Lupus heavily affected Selena Gomez's weight gain over the years. Apart from lupus, she also dealt with high blood pressure and kidney issues, which is the reason her weight fluctuates often.What type of pizza did Selena like? ›
Remember in the "Selena" movie, when Selena told Chris her diet and excercise secrets? "Well, I eat whole medium pizzas all by myself, with lots of pepperoni — that's important. And I drink Cokes and scarf Doritos, and never excersice," Jennifer Lopez, who portrayed Selena, said.
What perfume did Selena wear? ›
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Selena Quintanilla Perez's iconic look included lipstick in a bold red shade. Her favorite lipstick to wear was Chanel Brick (02 Indice Brique), which has since been discontinued.What is selenas favorite color? ›
Selena Quintanilla's favorite colors were purple and black.What was Selena's fear? ›
She also got candid about what she feared in her darkest moments saying, “I think I was scared of myself – the way I was treating myself, the way I was talking about my body, it breaks my heart to think that's who I was.What did Selena eat for breakfast? ›
Gomez puts a healthier spin on Tex-Mex for her morning meal. According to Cosmo, her go-to is half a breakfast burrito with scrambled eggs, chorizo, avocado, rice, and beans. "She loves Tex-Mex and fast food that I would normally not condone," Davis told Cosmo.What health problem does Selena have? ›
What Is Lupus? Lupus is a lifelong disorder of the immune system. Immune cells attack the body's own healthy tissues, leading to inflammation and tissue damage. Symptoms may be limited to the skin, but more often lupus also causes internal problems such as joint pain.What is Selena Gomez favorite snack? ›
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How Long Were Selena and Justin Together? The pair had a long-term on-and-off romance which spanned for almost eight years. They eventually split for good in 2018 and Justin has since married Hailey Bieber (née Baldwin).› Lifestyle › Food ›
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Spain's Dabiz Muñoz has been named best chef in the world for the second year in a row, at the Best Chef Awards 2022. The awards took place at the Crystal Gallery of the Palacio de Cibeles, headquarters of the Madrid City Council in Spain's capital, at a ceremony attended by luminaries of the gastronomic world.
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Francesca Farago seemed to confirm that she's back together with her Too Hot To Handle co-star Harry Jowsey a year after they appeared on the Netflix show, but what's their relationship looking like in 2022?Are Selena and Taylor still friends? ›
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|Cooking style||British cuisine|
|Rating(s) Michelin stars|
|Current restaurant(s) Sorrel(restaurant)|
|Previous restaurant(s) Drake's on the Pond|
"A favorite at our house is the Flavor Bomb Chicken Sandwich on a fresh baked cheddar biscuit prepared by Chef Kenny Gilbert," posted Oprah.