Selena + Chef remains Season 3’s coolest cooking show

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Selena Gomez continues to charm as her confidence grows in the kitchen, with a little help from celebrity chefs.

First season of Selena + Chef found Selena Gomez learning basic cooking skills during quarantine. The second season followed Gomez as she sought to advance her skills. Season three of Selena + Chef shows us a confident Gomez in the kitchen, exclaiming in the first episode “We’re not starring on season three – we are!”

The premise of the show remains the same: Gomez cooks dishes alongside renowned chefs and culinary superstars via video. She usually recruits family, like fan favorites Nana and Papa, Gomez’s grandparents, and friends, like Raquelle Stevens, Gomez’s roommate/friend, who’s practically a de facto co-host this season. Everyone gets a chance to help chop the veggies, chat with the chefs, and delve into the meals. They also kept the charitable donation at the end of the episode, a chance for the show to give back to a cause close to the guest chef’s heart. More HBO lists recipes online for home cooks. There are some fun updates this season, like a good “okey-dokey” potty (Gomez says it constantly, and every time they add a dollar to the potty), and grocery delivery guys.

Gomez admits that while she learned a lot in the first two seasons, she still has a lot to learn, hence the continuation of the popular HBO Max series. The third season finds her mixing it up with chefs like Kwame Onwauchi (episode 1), Curry Aisha (episode 2), Aaron Sanchez (episode 3), and more to come. Gomez gushed over Curry as they whip up hot honey chicken sliders and crunchy chickpeas for an all-night watch menu. She bonds with Sánchez and their shared Latinx heritage, as he shares his Mexican twists with the epic round of seafood.

The episode that kicks off the season’s fun and love is his rice and chicken jollof stew session with Onwauchi. Gomez’s chemistry with Onwauchi is addictive, with the two feeding on each other’s energy, while being separated by a computer screen. Gomez tells Onwauchi that she sometimes gets stressed in the kitchen, but Onwauchi tells her that her kitchen is a stress-free zone. A Selena + Chef first, Gomez gets the numbers from Onwauchi and they plan dinner together for the following night. Season three of Selena + Chef is part of a cooking show, peppered with chunks of talk show interviews, all with a dash of rom-com adorableness.

Selena Gomez & Kwame Onwauchi in Selena + Chef Season 3

In previous seasons, Gomez was all about precision. This season, she can look to tablespoons of oil and cups of flour as the best of them all. She now has to deal with some #ChefProbs, like killing live lobsters to craft the previously mentioned seafood tower. However, along with a crew of her friends, the ladies all gather together and murder the lobsters in a pot of boiling water (thankfully, those are the only kills in the kitchen). Gomez does all of this while wearing Louis Vuitton slippers and silk shirts, with a post-neighborhood blonde hair dye to boot. Gomez lives her best life in the kitchen in season three, and lucky for us, we get to take a look inside.

If you’re worried that Gomez has outgrown relatability in the kitchen, fear not, because there are always the #GomezGoofs, like looking all over the kitchen for chickpeas, only to realize they’re also called chickpeas. She attempts to crush a clove of garlic with a glass jar (Curry tells her it’s safer than using a knife), but Gomez ends up crushing the whole jar. There are narrow avoidances of setting a kitchen towel on fire, setting off the fire alarm while roasting veggies, and almost forgetting to put the blender top back on before blitzing some salsa. Perhaps the most relevant moment is when Gomez admits to Onwauchi that she doesn’t throw many parties. Celebrities are just like us!

Season three of Selena + Chef is a fun and energetic ride as we step out of our quarantine period and back into the world. So save the #NoStress vibes and a pinch of Gomez confidence, and settle in for a watch party with your best friends..

Season 3 of Selena + Chef is now available on HBO Max.

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