Selena Gomez is inviting fans into her kitchen as part of her delightful at-home cooking series, Selena + Chef. Virtually joining her each episode is a world-renowned chef who helps her master a new cuisine and learn new tips and tricks about home cooking as they make the most of their time during quarantine.
One of those chefs is former Top Chef contestant, food TV staple and owner of several Los Angeles restaurants Antonia Lofaso, who teaches Gomez how to make seafood tostada, consisting of a mixture of calamari, octopus and shrimp, in one of the series’ funniest episodes.
Making the dish requires Gomez to handle a raw octopus, which leads to some groans from the amateur chef and laughs from her best friends, Liz and Raquelle, who are quarantined with her. “Oh my gosh,” the singer is heard saying before gagging as she cuts the legs off.
“The gagging is my favorite part of this,” Lofaso responds.
While speaking with ET, the chef explains that she chose this recipe because she wanted to feature a dish that looks simple when it’s completed, but actually requires quite a few steps to execute. And when it came to the octopus, “I thought that would be fun because it’s not really an ingredient that everyone always gets to see in its entirety,” Lofaso says.
“There are techniques where people can be like, ‘To make an omelet is very difficult or to make ramen is very difficult,’” she continues. “But I was like, ‘Let’s give her a difficult protein book profits to work with. Let’s give her something that is going to be fun to talk about. It’s going to be fun to shoot.’”
Not only does Gomez manage to chop the octopus down to size, but she boils it in a plastic bag in a pot of water. However, that leads to the first major scare of the episode — when the pot starts to overflow, there are screams and Liz calls for a fire extinguisher.
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