Congratulations are in order for Gigi Hadid. The supermodel showed off her cooking skills on an episode of ‘MasterChef Celebrity Showdown’ Jan. 19 — and she won! But the exciting moment didn’t come without some tears, as Gigi reflected on her mom, Yolanda Foster’s, tough battle with Lyme disease.
Who knew Gigi Hadid, 20, was a chef?! The 20-year-old prepared a killer burger while competing against her pal and fellow model, Devon Windsor, on MasterChef Jan. 19, and it was enough to give her the WIN! The moment was especially special, though, because she was competing to raise money for a Lyme disease charity….a cause which hits very close to home.
“My mom, sister and brother are all affected by Lyme disease,” Gigi explained, while discussing why she chose the Global Lyme Alliance for Lyme Disease as her charity. While her voice cracked and tears formed in her eyes, the supermodel added, “Not enough people know what Lyme disease is and the dangers of being bitten by an insect. With $25,000, we can help with finding a cure. It can help so much. I’m the only one of my siblings…my mom and my family…that hasn’t been affected by Lyme disease.”
Gigi totally impressed the judges by cooking up a beef patty with pickled jalapenos and a “crispy onion nest,” which she paired with a side of fries. “Your burger is f**king delicious,” Gordon Ramsay told her, with Christina Tosi adding that the fries were “perfect” and described the burger as “juicy.” Devon’s black ink spaghetti and grilled shrimp also earned praise, but it was Gigi who came out on top.
It’s been quite a busy few months for Gigi — along with this show, she’s also been filming and shooting tons of new fashion and beauty campaigns. And, of course, we can’t forget her budding romance with Zayn Malik, 23, which has been heating up since they were first linked at the end of November. The two were even seen apartment hunting in New York City together, leading to speculation that they might be moving into a shared place!
“Zayn writes poetry for her and paints graffiti on his outdoor walls as gifts for Gigi,” an insider told HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY. “He’s full of surprises and being with him is always an adventure. He’s more exciting than her last boyfriends!” Awwww! Maybe Gigi can return the love by cooking up something yummy for her man!
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