As one of the main matriarchs of the Kardashian-Jenner-West household, Kim K has recently taken up the task of cooking for her friends and family at the end of each week, putting together plates of fried-chicken, macaroni and cheese, and collard greens for #SoulFoodSundays. The Internet, however, is not kind to amateur cooks, and Kardashian's soul food struggle plates have been routinely mocked on Twitter, dubbed everything from “soul-less” to "offensive" to “drier than the surface of Tatooine.”
Still, in the weeks since the reality TV start began posting videos of her adventures in soul food to Snapchat, her celebrity friends have been coming to her defense. John Legend and Chrissy Teigen gave Kim’s cooking their stamp of approval, calling the food "the kind you'd have after church on Sundays" on Twitter.
And now, after testing Kim’s cooking earlier this month, Kevin Hart is jumping on the bandwagon. In an interview with Hot 97’s Scottie Beam on Saturday, the comedian tried to convince the public once and for all that Kardashian does in fact know her way around a kitchen.
“The food was actually really good,” he said. “I know people probably think that she can't cook just because—I don’t know why. But I don’t have to lie about Kim cooking.”
It turns out Hart and Kanye get swole at the same gym, and one Sunday Yeezy invited the comedian over to his house for some post-work out fried-chicken.
“I thought it was gonna be some caviar or some shit that I probably wouldn’t eat,” Hart explained. “But I got there and it was a full-fledged soul food dinner. She had macaroni and cheese, and greens, and chicken, and yams and a whole bunch of good shit.”
“I’m not a foodie, so if I finish my plate, it had to be good,” he added.
As a culinary tradition, soul food has a rich and storied history in African-American culture, dating back centuries. Still, while the cuisine has become increasingly prevalent over the last several decades—spawning innovations as well as imitations across American cities—soul food's roots are often fiercely protected by those who love it.
"Just like all of the other cultural contributions of African Americans—such as jazz, language, hip hop, black fashion, dance, et cetera—we create and then we give it freely to the world to imitate, replicate, and maybe even improve on," Imar Hutchins, the owner of the Florida Avenue Grill, one of the world’s oldest soul food restaurants, told First We Feast earlier this year. "I think that acknowledging the source of the tradition and giving reverence to the ancestors who brought it to us are essential parts of correct practice of the art making soul food. That is the difference between appropriation and homage."
[via Scottie Beam/Twitter]