15 Times Celebrities Made Headlines With Food

15 Times Celebrities Made Headlines With Food

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.

Ben Affleck

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.

Blake Lively

Blake Lively amazed the media and impressed us all with her baking skills when she baked a beehive birthday cake, complete with edible bees and dripping with honey, for Beyoncé's 33rd birthday.

Bradley Cooper

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.

Britney Spears

Britney Spears' fast-food habits often make tabloid headlines, but she really surprised all her fans when she was spotted in the line at Starbucks still wearing her pajamas. It seems that Britney is as unable to function without caffeine as we are.

Gwyneth Paltrow

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.

Jennifer Lawrence

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 West

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.

Leonardo di Caprio

Leonardo di Caprio is known for taking all his movie roles incredibly seriously, but we're not sure anything he's done in his career beats eating a raw bison liver live on set while filming The Revenant.

Matt Damon

Matt Damon isn't someone we normally think of as a keen dieter, but he did once make the headlines by admitting than in order to lose 60 pounds for a movie role, he ate nothing but chicken breast for a whole week. Obviously, this was not a diet that any nutritionist had advised he undertake.

Meryl Streep

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.

Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus is not afraid of dominating the headlines, and so maybe it's not a surprise that she made the front page again with her latest tattoo: An illustration of the controversial, opinion-splitting yeast spread, Vegemite.

President Obama

One of the details that went viral in a New York Times interview with Obama this year was that he eats exactly seven almonds every evening. This story made all the headlines, but one month later, it was revealed that this precise snacking habit was a hilariously well-believed joke.                                                                                                                                   

Selena Gomez

Selena Gomez received a lot of media attention when she hit back against critical fans who were criticizing her figure, telling her to "stop eating junk food" and to "work out" more. This supremely successful celebrity isn't going to let any fan tell her what she should and shouldn't be eating.                                              

Simone Biles

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).