“I would say I’m a jalapeno. Some bites are alright and then some are just – whoa!” – Selena Gomez
That is how singer, actress and producer Selena Gomez describes herself in her new show “Selena + Chef,” streaming on HBO Max August 13th. The series, executive produced by Gomez, features the multi-platinum recording artist learning how to cook from some of the world’s most renowned chefs. Angelo Sosa, Antonia Lofaso, Candice Kumai, Daniel Holzman, Jon & Vinny, Ludo Lefebvre, Nancy Silverton, Nyesha Arrington, Roy Choi, and Tonya Holland will join Gomez in her kitchen via webcam.
“Having some of the best chefs open up their kitchens to me was a humbling and fun experience. I definitely discovered I have a lot more to learn. I’m also really happy that we were able to highlight and raise money for some incredible charitable organizations,” said Gomez.
Since social distancing at home, Selena has been spending more time in the kitchen than she ever imagined. But despite her many talents, it remains to be seen if cooking is one of them. In each episode of this unapologetically authentic cookalong, Selena, with the support of her Quaranteam, will be joined remotely by a different master chef. Together, they’ll tackle cuisines of every variety, share invaluable tips and tricks, and deal with everything from smoking ovens to missing ingredients. Each episode will highlight a food-related charity, and this casual, funny, and informative series will embrace both the struggle and the joy of learning to cook — while inviting audiences to follow along at home.
Selena has always been very vocal about her love for food and trying new cuisine. Head of Original Content at HBO Max, Sarah Aubrey, says that watching Selena learn to perfect her cooking skills is both entertaining and delicious – “try not to watch while hungry.”