Selena Gomez is known for singing, acting, and being an entrepreneur through Rare Beauty but in recent years she’s explored her love of food with the help of professional chefs. The 31-year-old starred in Selena + Chef for four seasons on Max with guest chefs including Marcela Valladolid, Aarón Sánchez, and Paola Velez. Now she’s teaming up with four chefs for a four-part holiday special set to air on Food Network. Gomez will collaborate with celebrity chefs Eric Adjepong, Alex Guarnaschelli, Michael Symon and Claudette Zepeda who will be cooking up their favorite dishes in her home.
“The holidays have always meant so much to me. It was an honor to have these amazing chefs in my kitchen to introduce some of their favorite foods and what makes the holidays special for them,” Gomez said in a statement.
In Selena + Alex, Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and Selena prepare roast beef and “Chantilly” mashed potatoes for a tree-trimming party. In Selena + Michael, Michael Symon pops by for a “Surf & Turf” Christmas as he and Selena tackle steaks and lobster. In Selena + Claudette, Chef Claudette Zepeda plans a Mexican feast with a traditional Latin Christmas dish of tamales and a unique twist on a historic salad. Then, in Selena + Eric, it is time to ring in the New Year with Chef Eric Adjepong for a brunch that includes Shrimp & Banana Grits and Malva Pudding, according to a press release.
“Showing Selena how to make some of my family’s favorite Navidad recipes was an honor and to see her eyes light up as she realized everything that she made, including making tamales for the first time ever was special,” Zepeda tells HipLatina. “Connecting to our food and ancestral roots, regardless of how many generations have passed is important and hopefully it will empower others to do the same.”
Home for the Holidays is one of two new series starring Gomez at Food Network. Gomez’s next series is set to debut in 2024 and will feature her visiting other chefs’ kitchens to cook their most popular dishes. Selena + Chef: Home for the Holidays episodes will air beginning on Thursday, November 30th at 8pm ET/PT and will also be available to stream on Max.