The Met Gala chef has defended the quality of the food served at the event after a ‘shocking’ photo went viral.
It all started when actress and singer Keke Palmer shared a snap of her meal on Twitter captioned: “This is why they don’t show y’all the food. I’m just playing.”
The post was flooded with comments, with one of her followers writing: “Met Gala serving this sh*t? Oh hell nah, they making public school lunch food look pleasing.”
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Another wrote: “This was clearly an ‘eat before you get there’ type of thing.”
Hitting back, Head Chef Marcus Samuelsson told TMZ: “Food, like anything, is a matter of taste, and it tasted plenty good.”
He went on to insist it was ‘delicious’ and said the feedback he got was great.
According to Vogue, he challenged ten New York-based chefs, who were all selected by restaurateur-chef Marcus Samuelsson and Bon Appétit, to create a sustainable, plant-based menu, which is why it featured lots of fruit and vegetables.
Speaking in a press release issued ahead of the event, Samuelsson said: “After a difficult two years for the restaurant industry, this will showcase the work and tell the stories of a dynamic group of chefs while presenting an exciting menu of delicious, plant-based dishes.
“The gala offers an incomparable opportunity for emerging talent to elevate their careers and share their perspectives and craft.”
Following the backlash online, a representative for Vogue has now given a statement to Page Six and insisted they were ‘thrilled’ with what was served.
They said: “We are so thrilled and grateful to have worked with Marcus Samuelsson on the menu for this year’s Met Gala.”
“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.”
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