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Keke Palmer and Met Gala chef clash over event's vegan food menu
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Earlier this week Met Gala attendee Keke Palmer tweeted a picture of the food served at the event and captioned it: “This is why they don’t show y’all the food”

American actress, singer and television personality Keke Palmer- a first time attendee at the prestigious Met Gala – said she has ‘different tastebuds’ after she roasted the vegan dinner menu served at the event.

The Hustlers star, who hosted the Vogue livestream of the 2021 Met Gala alongside Illana Glazer, mocked the Met Gala’s catering on her social media by posting a sad-looking photo of a few pieces of wilted veggies.

She captioned it: “The menu chile.”

 Palmer also posted the image on her Instagram stories and wrote: “This is why they don’t show y’all the food I’m just playinnnn.”

The dish served to Keke consisted of raw vegetables like cucumber, tomato, and corn.

According to Vogue, the plant-based dish was “creamy barley with corn, pickled turnips, and roasted maitake.”

‘It tasted plenty good’

While Palmer’s dinner plate photo went viral, chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson, who curated the menu, defended the menu.

Speaking to TMZ, the head chef of Red Rooster in Harlem noted that that food is more about taste than appearance.

 “Food, like anything, is a matter of taste, and it tasted plenty good,” Samuelsson said.

He added that Palmer’s plate was also not an accurate depiction because it was barely topped with roasted mushrooms, tomato salad with corn and zucchini slices.

He told TMZ that they served a 3-course meal, which included canapés such as “collard greens hot chow served on coconut buttermilk cornbread” and “black rice porcini arancini with pumpkin Calabrian chili,” while dessert was an apple mousse and apple confit with a calvados glaze.

He further added that the feedback he had received after the party was pretty ‘incredible’ and that “he couldn’t have been more proud of couldn’t have been more proud of the Met Gala Chefs who created a delicious and memorable meal for all the guests.”

Anna Wintour, the editor-in-chief of Vogue – the organiser of the annual fashion fundraiser- also came out in support of the menu.

“We are so thrilled and grateful to have worked with Marcus Samuelsson on the menu for this year’s Met Gala,” a Vogue spokesperson told Page Six.

“The plant-based menu featured recipes from 10 emerging New York-based chefs to celebrate the return of the city’s restaurant industry, which was devastated by the pandemic.”


Following Samuelsson’s response, Palmer addressed the situation on Twitter after a fan retweeted Page Six’s article and wrote that if the actor has “anything negative to say,” they “absolutely believe her.”

However, the 28-year-old apologized to the chef and wrote: “I just have different taste buds! I love this Chef, sorry to this man.”

Acknowledging her apology, the acclaimed chef who has appeared on Bravo’s ‘Top Chef Masters’ replied: “Sorry I missed the mark with your tastebuds Keke Palmer.

“Great new NYC Chefs pulled together some epic dishes for the night. If you’re game, we’d love another shot. DM me!”

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