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We may all envy the lives of the rich and famous, but when we really think about their lack of privacy, how they’re constantly hounded by paparazzi, and that every vaguely interesting thing they do becomes headline news, we soon become more contented with our own less fancy lives. Even though many celebrities don’t consider themselves ‘foodies,’ and most of them don’t work in the food world, the media loves it when there is some food-related celebrity incident they can share with the rest of us, whether it’s an astounding new diet, a star’s favorite cheat-day treat, or a previously concealed culinary skill.
To raise awareness and money to help fight global poverty, Ben Affleck pledged to spend a week living below the food line of $1.50 per person per day for one week. Obviously, a celebrity actively choosing to draw attention to such an important cause, and giving up his typically luxurious lifestyle for seven days, grabbed the media’s attention.
Beyoncé’s crazy diets, glamorous restaurant trips, and vegan food delivery service mean this celebrity is not a stranger to the world of food news. However, our favorite Beyoncé-centric news story was when she ordered $3,500 worth of food from Caplansky’s Deli, a Jewish deli in Toronto, after a performance. Obviously, all this smoked meat wasn’t just for her occasionally-vegan self, but it was still a huge sum to spend on a late-night feast.
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Training with the world’s best chefs is a privilege that tends to be reserved for the world’s future best chefs, unless your name is Bradley Cooper, that is. While preparing for his role as a chef at a Michelin-starred restaurant in the movie Burnt, Cooper spent several weeks training under the hugely successful chef Marcus Wareing.
Gwyneth Paltrow is often making the news with stories about her cookbooks and health and lifestyle website ‘Goop,’ but the story that really captured the world’s attention was when she shared a recipe for her typical morning smoothie, which journalists recreated and discovered it cost almost $200 to make.
We all love Jennifer Lawrence for her no-nonsense attitude toward food. However, the world really fell head over heels for her when they saw just how real her pizza obsession was. This love of pizza was witnessed by us all at the Oscars when a pizza delivery was arranged, and Jennifer Lawrence happily sat eating her slice in the front row without spilling any on her dress.
Kanye hit the headlines (yet again) when, after his Twitter rant about “not having enough money,” Pizza Hut tweeted him with the most public job offer ever. Sadly, Kanye turned down the offer to earn some real dough: There were no sightings of him at Pizza Hut at 9 a.m. the next morning.
Meryl Streep may not have wanted to make the news with a food-related story, but thanks to someone’s love of her and food, an extremely successful Instagram account exists to blend images of Streep and food. We don’t know how she feels about the Taste of Streep Instagram phenomenon, but the account’s 124,000 followers imply that everybody else loves it.
Superhuman teenage gymnast Simone Biles demonstrated that maybe she is quite like us after all, when in the middle of the Rio Olympics she said she couldn’t wait to eat pepperoni pizza at the end of the competition. She went on to say that eating this sausage-topped pizza is a treat she indulges in after every meet, whether she wins a gold medal or not (and, obviously, she normally does).