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Keke Palmer shares peek of sad looking salad at 2021 Met Gala dinner

It’s the most prestigious event of the year attracting A-listers from all over the world.

But the food served at Monday’s Met Gala left something to be desired, according to livesteram host Keke Palmer.


The actress, 28, gave her 10.5M Instagram followers a sneak peak inside the event – where tickets cost  $30,000 (£21,600). 

Stunning: Keke Palmer, 28, gave her 10.5M Instagram followers a sneak peak inside the event - where tickets cost $30,000 (£21,600)

Stunning: Keke Palmer, 28, gave her 10.5M Instagram followers a sneak peak inside the event – where tickets cost $30,000 (£21,600)


Not great: After wowing on the red carpet, she headed inside where she posted a snap of the soggy-looking salad

Not great: After wowing on the red carpet, she headed inside where she posted a snap of the soggy-looking salad

The Scream Queens star looked incredible in her sequined gown, with a sexy backless design as she livestreamed the event for Vogue with Ilana Glazer.

After wowing on the red carpet, she headed inside where she posted a snap of the soggy-looking salad.   

Showing what appeared to be touch of risotto, a few tomatoes and pieces of sweetcorn, a few slices of cucumber and one mushroom on a posh plate she captioned the image: ‘This why they don’t show y’all the food. I’m just playinnnn.’  

This year’s menu was completely vegan, with ten of New York’s top chefs –  Fariyal Abdullahi, Nasim Alikhani, Emma Bengtsson, Lazarus Lynch, Junghyun Park, Erik Ramirez, Thomas Raquel, Sophia Roe, Simone Tong, and Fabian von Hauske – tasked with feeding A-listers.

Gorgeous: All eyes were on actress Keke Palmer as she arrived to the 2021 Met Gala in New York City rocking a stunning floor-length Sergio Hudson gown

Gorgeous: All eyes were on actress Keke Palmer as she arrived to the 2021 Met Gala in New York City rocking a stunning floor-length Sergio Hudson gown

Keke’s picture appeared to show the remains of the meal made by Two Michelin starred Aquavit chef Emma Bengtsson and Junghyun Park, who runs ATOBOY NYC.

The two chefs whipped up a creamy barley with corn, pickled turnips, and roasted maitake.

Before this, the gala guests enjoyed a fresh salad, and dessert was an apple mousse and apple confit with a calvados glaze, served in the shape of an apple. 

Turning heads: While preparing to host the only livestream of the event for Vogue with Ilana Glazer on Monday night, the 28-year-old star looked incredible in her sequined gown, with a sexy backless design

Turning heads: While preparing to host the only livestream of the event for Vogue with Ilana Glazer on Monday night, the 28-year-old star looked incredible in her sequined gown, with a sexy backless design

Canapes at the event included collard greens hot chow served on coconut buttermilk cornbread, black rice porcini arancini with pumpkin Calabrian chili sauce, as well as watermelon tart with smoked yuzu soy on a panipuri cracker.

The dinner was served on hand-painted plates from Tory Burch’s Oiseau collection, and guests’ names written on autumnal leaves rather than traditional paper place settings in one of the gala’s many moves to be more sustainable. 

The Met Gala is finally back after being cancelled in 2020 amid the pandemic. This year it was pushed to September from its traditional slot on the first Sunday in May.

The theme is In America: A Lexicon of Fashion and the event features a heavy-hitting contingent of celebrity co-chairs: actor Timothée Chalamet, musician Billie Eilish, poet Amanda Gorman and tennis star Naomi Osaka.

Honorary chairs for the evening will be designer Tom Ford, sponsor Instagram’s Adam Mosseri, and Vogue’s Anna Wintour.

Glam: Her gorgeous, free-flowing afro looked absolutely gorgeous as she strutted into the event wearing a dramatic smokey eyeshadow and drop earrings

Curves: Her skintight gown showed off her incredible figure

Hosting duties: Earlier this month, news broke she and Glazer would be hosting livestream red carpet coverage of the Met Gala with ‘unprecedented access’ to the exclusive event

At just 19, Billie will make history as the youngest ever co-chair of the prestigious event.

When the hosts were first announced, Vogue magazine said: ‘Each of the Met’s four co-hosts embodies the defining factor of American style: individualism.

‘[They have each] developed a distinct visual language for their public personas, one that is informed by the legacy of iconic fashion made in the USA.’

The must-have accessory for all at this year’s gala is a Covid-19 vaccine.  

‘Currently, all attendees at The Met Gala on September 13 must provide proof of full vaccination and will also be expected to wear masks indoors except when eating or drinking,’ a spokesperson for The Met said last month. 

Effortless style: Keke wowed as she walked the Met Gala as she hosted the event on Monday

Effortless style: Keke wowed as she walked the Met Gala as she hosted the event on Monday

This year’s gala will be a more intimate affair, to be followed by a larger one on May 2, 2022. Both will launch a two-part exhibition, a survey of American fashion to be on view for almost a year.

In America: A Lexicon of Fashion, opening Sept. 18, will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the museum´s Costume Institute and ‘explore a modern vocabulary of American fashion,’ the spokesperson added. 

Part two, In America: An Anthology of Fashion, will open in the museum’s popular American Wing period rooms on May 5, 2022, and will explore American fashion, with collaborations with film directors, by ‘presenting narratives that relate to the complex and layered histories of those spaces.’ Both parts will close on Sept. 5, 2022.

Queen & Slim filmmaker Melina Matsoukas has been commissioned to create an open-ended film to project in the galleries, with content changing during the course of the exhibition.

The gala is a major fundraiser, providing the Costume Institute with its primary source of funding.

As always, the exhibits will be the work of star curator Andrew Bolton. Bolton has previously noted how challenging the past year had been for the fashion community.

‘It’s been incredibly inspiring to see how designers have responded to the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, how they’ve found new outlets to express their creativity and new ways to present their collections,’ he said.

Bolton added that many designers had been at the vanguard of the discussion about diversity and inclusion: ‘The social justice movements of last summer reinforced their commitment to these issues and also consolidated their leadership in advancing the conversation.’

In addition to Matsoukas, other confirmed collaborators from the film world include cinematographer Bradford Young, whose projects have included ‘Selma’ and ‘When They See Us;’ production designers Nathan Crowley and Shane Valentino; and Franklin Leonard, film executive and founder of The Black List, a listing of top unproduced screenplays.

Glamour: Iman and Keke Palmer attend The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art

Glamour: Iman and Keke Palmer attend The 2021 Met Gala Celebrating In America: A Lexicon Of Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art


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