Chrissy Teigen’s Bare-Handed Cooking Sparks Debate

In response to criticism, the model-turned-author quips, 'Using my feet next time.'

Chrissy Teigen

Chrissy Teigen

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Cooks who are of the mind that sometimes, to make a certain food right, you have to roll up your sleeves and get your hands dirty in the kitchen have found an enthusiastic – if perhaps initially unwitting – spokesperson in Chrissy Teigen.

“This is … 12 pounds of kimchi we’re doing,” the model-turned-cookbook author said in a video posted to her Instagram story on Friday.

In the video, Teigen, clad in a black spaghetti-strap cami (no sleeves to roll up!) digs deep into a big pot of bright-red ingredients on their way to being the classic Korean fermented staple to mix them with her bare hands.

“This is exciting. It’s an exciting night,” she adds.

I guess some people were more grossed out than excited because New York station Hot 97 posted a clip of the video with the following caption: “Is #ChrissyTeigen still invited to the cookout ? Social media critics don’t really like the fact that she’s using her hands...what y’all think?”

Not sure about the “social media critics,” but most people responding to Hot 97’s post actually seemed to think hands were a-OK.

“First lesson in culinary is that the best tools in the kitchen is your hands anyone who criticizes her for using her hands probably can’t cook,” wrote one commenter.

“THIS IS HOW YOU COOK! Social media critics are the [worst!]” another griped.

“It's very clear that ‘social media critics’ don't cook. They order,” sniffed a third.

Other Teigen defenders noted that her “critics” probably didn’t want to know how bread or wine are made, either.

“Must use hands to make kimchi with love,” said one poetic soul.

Helpful voices aside, Teigen was ready to take up the battle firsthand.

“I’m making kimchi for my family. I don’t care what ‘critics’ think of it. I do however worry that their loveless food really, really sucks,” she wrote on Twitter.

But she wasn’t done.

“Using my feet next time,” she vowed.

Perhaps that’s taking things a bit too far.

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