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January 18, 2021 12:34 pm

Chrissy Teigen Hosts Her First Shabbat With Recipe From Popular Jewish Chef

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Chrissy Teigen at the Australian Premiere of BATTLESHIP at Sydney Luna Park, April 2012. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen hosted her first Shabbat meal this past weekend, and documented the experience on social media.

Early Saturday morning, the mother-of-two posted on Twitter a video of her standing by her kitchen stove with her head covered, as she shows a pot of food. Teigen, 30, captioned the short clip, “First Shabbat! I made chicken soup, kugel, more chicken, challah and purchased the finest Trader Joe’s chocolate babka as recommended by friends. wow [sic] I could never do this every Friday but it was beautiful!”

In a separate Twitter post she explained that her hair covering “would have been worn by my *Jewish* grandmother,” Ruth Schaefer.

She also shared a close-up photo of her chicken and thanked popular Jewish chef and cookbook author Adeena Sussman for the recipe, saying, “this goes out to your mama.” Teigen and Sussman are collaborating on a third cookbook, and in December they celebrated together Teigen’s first Hanukkah, which the latter documented in videos and shared in an Instagram post.

On Sunday, Teigen shared on Instagram a photo of her tablescape for Shabbat, thanked others for their help in making the festivities possible, and joked “I am one lucky bubbie (ok I’m not a grandmother yet but the word is just *chefs kiss* perfect).”


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Schaefer, the last name of Teigen’s paternal grandmother, is historically a German and Ashkenazi Jewish name, according to Kveller. Schaefer’s parents were reportedly of German descent and her mother’s maiden name was Heller, a common name among German Jews.

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