The Secret Foods Famed Chefs Crave
Fritos, Cheetos, and donuts, oh my!
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2011 11:40 AM CDT
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(Newser) – Even a world-renowned chef sometimes needs a good old-fashioned cheeseburger. Daily Meal got a number of chefs as well as restaurateurs, food critics, and other VIPs in the food world, to admit to their secret food vices. A sampling:

  • Mario Batali: "Three things: Really well-made ice cream; really well-made Mexican food—like chips and salsa; and raw shellfish. I could live for weeks on nothing but oysters."
  • Bobby Flay: "A cheeseburger with two slices of American, potato chips, and chipotle ketchup." (Another chef even admitted to loving McDonald's cheeseburgers; a third said he likes burgers "if I'm drunk.")

  • Alton Brown: "Doughnuts. I don't care what kind as long as there's a hole in the middle (jelly- and cream-filled hold no allure). For my money, St. Louis is the best doughnut town in the country ... which is why I have to stay as far away as possible. I just don't look good in elastic-waist pants."
  • Chef-restaurateur Jonathan Waxman: "Flamin' Hot Cheetos and regular Fritos; for dessert, peanut M&Ms."
  • Chef-restaurateur and Top Chef winner Stephanie Izard: "Baked Lay's potato chips dipped in ranch dressing."
  • Chef-restaurateur Charlie Palmer: "Bacon."
Click for the complete list, but be warned not everyone was very exciting: NFL quarterback Vince Young, who owns Vince Young Steakhouse, insists his food splurge is "fresh fruit or a handful of walnuts. Sometimes grilled chicken, too." Woot.