We Turned Kendall Jenner’s Grocery List Into a Chopped Challenge, and the Results Were…Interesting

05/02/2016 at 02:08 PM ET

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What It Is: A Chopped-style cooking challenge based on Kendall Jenner‘s go-to grocery shopping list

Who Tried It: Shay Spence, PEOPLE Associate Food & Lifestyle Editor

As a culinary school graduate who often works late hours, I pride myself in my ability to whip up an above-average meal on short notice with the limited ingredients I have on hand.

As a food editor for an entertainment publication, I also consider myself a foremost scholar on the dietary habits of the Kardashians. These are two facets of my personality that I fully embrace, but have yet to combine into one hyper-specific superpower. Until now.

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Last Thursday, the reality family’s resident supermodel and gift-giving etiquette expert Kendall Jenner posted an article on her blog titled, “The Groceries I Always Grab.” In it, she discusses her go-to grocery store purchases.

Cereal. Bread. Bottled water. Fruit. Milk.

That’s it.

“I don’t like to buy too much because I’m hardly ever home!,” she explains. As I mentioned before, Jenner is a very, very famous supermodel, so she is busy.

Her reasoning behind each item includes: “I love to have fresh fruit so I can grab it and go,” “Cereal and milk are musts for a quick breakfast,” “Bread holds a special place in my heart,” and “I need to be stocked up on bottled water!”

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Given my never-ending hunger for culinary creativity (and untreated addiction to the Food Network’s Chopped), I set out on a very brave and important challenge: create a beautiful and delicious meal based exclusively on the ingredients in Jenner’s kitchen.

Time starts now.


Okay, first let’s talk cereal: Jenner doesn’t mention her brands of preference, so I went with a combination of my favorite — Cinnamon Toast Crunch — and her little sister Kylie‘s favorite, Lucky Charms (marshmallows only, obvs).

For the bread, I got your standard pre-sliced white variety, an under-appreciated hero in my mind. For fruit, we’ve got a classic combo of bananas and strawberries.

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My immediate instinct was French toast, because again, I watch a lot of Chopped and everyone on that show makes either French toast or bread pudding. Being that there are no eggs and no sugar in this basket, this was going to be tricky, but I persevered.


My instinct was that melting down the marshmallows in the milk would mimic the custard-y texture of the eggs and provide some much-needed sweetness. Turns out when you melt Lucky Charms, they just sort of disintegrate into a murky, oddly-fizzy green sludge. The more you know.



Not my most beautiful work, but we’re getting somewhere. I popped them on a rack in a 250° oven to hang out while I finished the rest of my ingredients (a good French toast tip in general, if you learn nothing else from this piece).

Bananas and cinnamon sugar go together like Kris Jenner and a private jet full of caviar, so that’s where I decided to go next. I pulsed the Cinnamon Toast Crunch in the food processor, tossed them with banana slices, and put them into a skillet that was crying out for some butter.

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At this point, all I had left were strawberries some delicious Fiji water (Jenner was specific in her requests). Into a pan they go, along with some more of that cinnamon cereal dust to sweeten it up.


Simmer, strain, and boom — you’ve got some strawberry-cinnamon syrup.

And now, the moment of truth.


Guyyyyyys, I tried! Don’t be mean. The general office consensus was this: While not horrible, taste-wise, the dish was both texturally and visually offensive. And, considering the amount of junk in there, surprisingly bland.

Primary takeaways: 1) Salt, butter, and sugar are your friend, 2) Lucky Charms French Toast is going to be next year’s hottest St. Patty’s Day trend (you heard it here first), and 3) Don’t take cooking inspiration from supermodel reality stars.

Shay Spence, @chezspence

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Really? on

“As a food editor for an entertainment publication, I also consider myself a foremost scholar on the dietary habits of the Kardashians.”

Wow. How embarrassing.

Tina R on

I enjoyed reading this article but as a fan of Chopped it wasn’t played exactly like the competition show. They have access to the “pantry”. You could’ve gotten your eggs or butter if you had been on that show. 🙂

Guest on

Someone doesn’t have enough REAL work to do. What a stupid waste of time!

lilly pond on

Who gives a toot about these trashy people??

JIMMY!!! on

That looks looks nasty!

Mira on

first off by the looks of the meal and the remedial ingredients, it doesn’t look like Shaye went to ANY type of culinary school. Unless it was an online university

Huh? on

but Jenner is a very, very, very famous supermodel. WTH idiot

Anonymous on

Please stop buying bottled water.

Celebrity Beauty and Health - tips and tricks straight from Hollywood on

Move over Fiji – we know what water all the stars are REALLY drinking…


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