‘Selena + Chef,’ ‘The Pioneer Woman,’ and How the Pandemic Made Cooking Shows Better

You don’t need me to point out how much COVID-19 took away from all of us in 2020, but in a bizarre twist, the challenges of quarantine might have inadvertently pushed one genre to the next tier of excellence. Cooking shows — whether hosted on Food Network, HBO Max, or YouTube channels — nimbly adjusted to home kitchens where chefs finally had to confront the reality home cooks faced every day. More than that, the format of cooking shows like Selena + Chef or Amy Schumer Learns to Cook helped professional chefs react on the fly to a novice’s interpretation of their recipes. All told, cooking became less elitist and more down-to-earth, all good for inspiring wannabe chefs to try their hand at a new dish in the kitchen…

Thanks to the long lag time in most TV production schedules, the first part of food media that visibly showed

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Selena Gomez’s ‘Selena + Chef’ Quarantine Cooking Show Renewed For Season 2 By HBO Max

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Selena + Chef as HBO Max announced Thursday that the quarantine cooking show will return for season two. With the sophomore season, the singer can look forward to whipping up even more delicious and challenging dishes in the comfort of her home.” data-reactid=”28″>It’s order’s up for Selena + Chef as HBO Max announced Thursday that the quarantine cooking show will return for season two. With the sophomore season, the singer can look forward to whipping up even more delicious and challenging dishes in the comfort of her home.

“Learning from some of the best chefs in the world has vastly improved my cooking skills but I have a lot more to learn. I am looking forward to challenging myself in the kitchen on the next season,” Gomez said.

The unscripted quarantine cooking show sees the “Lose You To Love Me” singer prepare a wide variety of dishes, while a slew

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Selena Gomez takes the heat in new cooking show

Selena Gomez is taking the heat in the kitchen.

The singer-actress slices and dices in “Selena + Chef,” debuting Aug. 13 on the new HBO Max streaming service. The 10-episode series was shot in the kitchen of Gomez’s new Los Angeles-area house. Her grandparents and two friends, who have been quarantining with her, serve as taste testers.

“I really thought this would be something lighthearted because I was getting definitely down,” she said in a video conference Wednesday. “Of course, there’s more important things going on but this was an opportunity to make something that could make people smile.”

Guiding Gomez remotely are chefs Nyesha Arrington, Roy Choi, Tonya Holland, Daniel Holzman, Jon & Vinny, Candice Kumai, Ludo Lefebvre, Antonia Lofaso, Nancy Silverton and Angelo Sosa. They coach her through making such dishes as Korean breakfast tacos, matcha chocolate chip cookies, spicy miso ramen, seafood tostada and cheese souffle.

There

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