‘Selena + Chef’ Season 4: Gomez’s Cooking Show Still Has The Secret Sauce

Most of the activities Americans found comforting during the height of the pandemic — whether escaping into the world of Animal Crossing: New Horizons or growing green onions in cups of water and baking sourdough banana bread – are ruined for me now. While these things once sparked joy, serving as much-needed distractions from COVID-19-related anxiety, they’re too tied to the horrors of 2020 for me to find comfort in them again. But the same cannot be said of Selena + Chefa rare windfall born of a pandemic that has not yet lost a modicum of charm.

The HBO Max cooking show, which premiered in August 2020, was born out of host Selena Gomez’s desire to improve her cooking skills while in quarantine. Each episode finds the singer and Only murders in the building video star chatting with a professional chef and cooking a number of ambitious and delicious dishes in his kitchen. After honing her culinary skills, she donates $10,000 to a charity chosen by the chef. Over 40 episodes, the show has raised $400,000 for 26 nonprofit organizations.

With the first three episodes of Selena + Chef With Season 4 arriving on August 18th, it’s the perfect time to celebrate one of streaming’s greatest comfort watches.

Selena Gomez cooking in
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In Season 4, Gomez, her beloved best friend Raquelle Stevens, and her grandparents (Nana and Papa), travel to Malibu to spend the summer cooking at Hannah Montana’s house. Despite a few fresh ingredients — including a boring new set of knives — the show remains filled with the same personality, culinary mayhem, star power, and food porn that’s made it shine since Season 1.

From the first time Gomez turns on the cameras in her kitchen, it’s clear Selena + ChefThe secret sauce is his refusal to follow the recipe of a traditional cooking show. Unlike most hosts, Gomez learns to cook as she goes, giving viewers a front-row seat to all the complexities, cuts, kitchen fires, and unglamorous (but incredibly entertaining) trials and tribulations. and relatable) of a budding chef. Along with the chaos, you also see professionals doing their job. In the words of the former resident of Selena + ChefIn all of Season 4, you get the best of both worlds.

Chef Ludo Lefebvre on 'Selena + Chef'
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Simply put, this cooking show lacks professionalism in the best possible way. While Gomez is trained in everything from basic knife skills to deboning and decapitating a fish, she puts on a delightfully organic physical comedy show that turns into buddy comedy every time Stevens steps into the frame. . The conversation is always fluid, and the show gives viewers a rare and intimate glimpse into Gomez’s home, group of friends, family, mental and physical health, and love life.

Whether she’s twerking to the sound of a mallet pounding a coconut, moaning about dating, or putting a dollar in the “Okey Dokey” jar, she serves up everything you’d expect from a millennial cooking show, including ready-to-duplicate recipes. At the end of each episode, Gomez and those close to her even take the time to sample and assess the food — a tradition that adds to the show’s warm and cozy vibe.

Selena Gomez and Raquelle Stevens filming for
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The Season 4 roster of chefs includes Gordon Ramsay, Matty Matheson, Rachael Ray, and a visit from Gomez’s first culinary instructor, Ludo Lefebvre, so it’s sure to be a good time. Although HBO Max only shared three screens of Season 4, it’s clear the show hasn’t lost any of its zest. If you are looking for pleasant viewing comfortSelena + Chef waits to be devoured.

The first three episodes of Selena + Chef Season 4 is available to stream Thursday, August 18 on HBO Max. The next three episodes will air on August 25, and the final four will be released on September 1.