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Katy Perry Makes a Convincing Hamburger at The Met Gala

Plus, changes to seal meat restrictions, and more news to start your day

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Jaya Saxena is a Correspondent at, and the series editor of Best American Food and Travel Writing. She explores wide ranging topics like labor, identity, and food culture.

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“Camp: Notes on Fashion” was the theme of last night’s annual Met Gala, and the stars were out showcasing all manner of wacky, colorful, and outlandish outfits for us normies to dissect and analyze this following morning. Katy Perry, never one to be outdone in the bonkers attire category, showed up first as a whole chandelier, and later as a hamburger, making the entire theme of her night “dining room.” Here’s she is trying to climb into her burger costume while J.Lo looks on, slightly confused.

In other food costuming, Lady Gaga brought her own bar cart, Cara Delevigne wore a fried egg on her head, chef Angela Dimayuga brought a chicken purse, and Tiffany Haddish brought chicken in her purse.

And in other news...

  • Samin Nosrat taught Jimmy Kimmel how to cook fried chicken in clarified butter (a.k.a ghee). [YouTube]
  • Tyson Foods is launching its own “meatless” products after selling its stake in Beyond Meat. Tyson, the makers of Jimmy Dean, plans to roll out a limited line this summer with a widespread launch in October. [CNBC]
  • Lab-grown meat is also turning into a huge market, but so far, it still costs thousands of dollars a pound to produce. [WSJ]
  • That coffee cup in Game of Thrones might not even be from Starbucks, argues Vulture, though it’s so dark in Winterfell that who can say? [Vulture]
  • Fewer than one percent of farm workers in the US belong to a union, because “The National Labor Relations Act of 1935, which forbids employers from firing a worker for joining, organizing, or supporting a labor union, specifically excluded farmworkers and domestic workers.” State laws also often exclude farmers, though The Farmworker Fair Labor Practices Act currently being considered in the New York State Senate, would amend that. [Civil Eats]
  • The Unangan people of Alaska might be able to harvest more seal meat thanks to revisions to strict regulations and the Humane Society isn’t too happy about it. [NPR]
  • Big dairy companies are embracing plant-based milks, even if they’re still mad about who gets to use the word “milk.” [Bloomberg]

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