Selena + Chef remains the coolest cooking show of season 3


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

The first season of Selena + Chef found Selena Gomez learning basic cooking skills during her forties. The second season followed Gomez as she sought to hone her skills. Season three of Selena + Chef shows us a confident Gomez in the kitchen, exclaiming in the first episode “We’re not playing season three – we’re doing it!”

The principle of the show remains the same: Gomez prepares dishes alongside renowned chefs and culinary superstars via the video. She usually recruits family, like fan favorites Nana and Papa, Gomez’s grandparents, and friends like Raquelle Stevens, Gomez’s roommate / friend, who is practically a de facto co-host this season. Everyone has the opportunity to help cut vegetables, chat with the chefs and immerse themselves in 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 dear to the guest chef’s heart. Additionally, HBO lists recipes online for home cooks. There are some fun updates this season, like an “okey-dokey” thin pot (Gomez says it constantly, and every time they add a dollar to the pot), and grocery delivery men for the eyes.

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 series Max. Season three finds her mingling with chefs like Kwame Onwauchi (episode 1), Ayesha Curry (episode 2), Aarón Sánchez (episode 3), and many more to come. Gomez bursts with Curry as they whip up hot honey chicken sliders and crispy chickpeas for a nighttime menu. She bonds with Sánchez and their common Latinx heritage, as he shares his Mexican twists at the epic seafood tower.

The episode that kicks off the fun and love of the season is her Jollof Rice and Chicken Stew session with Onwauchi. Gomez’s chemistry with Onwauchi is addictive, the two feeding off each other’s energy, while being separated by a computer screen. Gomez tells Onwauchi that she gets stressed out in the kitchen sometimes, 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 a dinner together for the next night. Season three of Selena + Chef is part of a cooking show, peppered with bits and pieces of talk show interviews, all with a touch of rom-com adorability.

Selena Gomez & Kwame Onwauchi in Season 3 of Selena + Chef

In previous seasons, Gomez was focused on precision. This season, she can look at tablespoons of oil and cups of flour as the best of them. Now she has to deal with some #ChefProbs, like killing live lobsters to do the aforementioned seafood trick. However, along with a crew of her friends, the ladies all get together and murder the lobsters in a pot of boiling water (luckily, these are the only murders in the kitchen). Gomez does while wearing Louis Vuitton slippers and silk shirts, with a post-quar blonde hair dye to boot. Gomez is living his best life in the kitchen in season three, and luckily for us, we can take a peek inside.

If you are worried that Gomez has gone beyond relativity in the kitchen, fear not because there are still the #GomezGoofs, like looking for chickpeas all over the kitchen, only to realize that they are also called chickpeas. She tries to crush a garlic clove with a glass jar (Curry tells her it’s safer than using a knife), but Gomez ends up crushing the whole jar. You can avoid setting a kitchen towel on fire, setting off the fire alarm when cooking vegetables, and almost forgetting to turn the blender top back on before making salsa. Perhaps the most relevant moment is when Gomez admits to Onwauchi that she doesn’t throw a lot of parties. Celebrities are just like us!

Season three of Selena + Chef is a fun and energetic ride as we come out of our quarantine period and return to the world. So keep the #NoStress vibes and a dash of confidence from Gomez, and settle in for a night out with your best friends..

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

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