Some are the chefs behind the best restaurants in the world and globally admired gastronomic innovators; some are household names for their culinary achievements and teach or entertain millions of TV viewers about food. Some are both. And when they're not at the helm of their their restaurants' kitchens, they may occasionally crave something a little different: American cheese, beef jerky, Popeye's, Doritos, Doughnuts, KFC's Macaroni and Cheese, Cheese Doodles, Cherry Garcia, Gin & Tonics, Reese's.
See which acclaimed chefs and food personalities crave which guilty pleasures:
1.David Chang: Popeye's Fried Chicken
The downtown New York chef (who now dabbles in Midtown, too) does his own large-format fried chicken at Momofuko Noodle Bar that gets mostly glowing reviews, told Serious Eats New York that he craves Popeye's.
2.Mario Batali: Doritos And Salsa
Batali told SlashFood,"I love two things: good gelato and, strangely enough, Doritos and salsa. It has to be Doritos, though. I especially like the lime-flavored ones with chili."
3.Danny Meyer: Sausage And Mushroom Pizza; Sausage
The NYC restaurant mogul behind Shake Shack, Eleven Madison Park, Union Square Cafe, and the newer Maialino admitted to Amazon.com, "Sausage and mushroom pizza. In fact, sausage with almost anything."
4.Thomas Keller: Hot Dogs And Peanut Butter
Thomas Keller still knows how to get real. According to "The Restaurant Widow," Keller indulges in this odd pairing.
5.Dan Barber: Nothing
Hmmm. Not sure if we're buying this, but the farm-to-table godfather told Ted blog, "I should come up with one! But the thing is, I feel guilty about everything. I'm an upper East Side Jew. What don't I feel guilty about?"
6.Wylie Dufresne: American Cheese
Wylie likes good old American cheese, as the WD-50 chef told Grub Street.
8.Tom Colicchio: Beef Jerky And Licorice
Tip to Top Chef contestants: make beef jerky. As the TV host/NYC chef told TIME OUT, "I love beef jerky. Not Slim Jim, that’s spiced beef. It’s different."
9.Laurent Tourondel: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
The restauranteur formerly behind the BLT restaurant empire (until severing all BLT ties earlier this year) is a self-proclaimed doughnut lover, according to Best Life magazine.
10.Anthony Bourdain: KFC’s Macaroni and Cheese
The globe-trotting foodie's foodie has a sophisticated palate and unquestionably good taste. But he still appreciates KFC's mac and cheese, as he told WebMD.
11.Gordon Ramsay: Chocolate and Gummy Candy
As the hot-tempered chef told the London Times, "I’d never touch a Pot Noodle and although I love a good burger, it wouldn’t be from McDonald’s. That said, I’m a sucker for some unhealthy treats – I love chocolate and can’t get enough of gummy sweets."
12.Ferran Adria: Bollycao
All the El Bulli chef told New York Magazine, It's something you grow up with as a kid in Spain: a kind of bread, sweet and eggy, with chocolate in the middle.
13.Alex Guarnaschelli: Cheese Doodles
The NYC-chef-turned-Food-Network-star admitted her sinful cravings to Cookie Magazine,saying she loves "french pastries of any kind, fried cheese doodles, and baked ziti with a slightly burned cheese top."
14.Jamie Oliver: Cherry Garcia Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream
Don't tell ABC, but the "Food Revolution" host admits to having a soft sport for this Ben & Jerry's variety.
15.Michael White: Cheeseburgers
The brilliant chef behind Manhattan's Convivio and Marea admits he's powerless against a good cheeseburger. As he told Restaurant Girl, "While this is not exactly junk food, it’s what I crave!"
16.Todd English: Peanut M&M's And Caviar
The Boston-based mega chef admitted his faves (though he probably didn't mean the two together) to Northside San Francisco.
17.Gael Greene: Jujyfruits
The former New York Magazine food critic told MediaBistro.com about her secret love of the gummy movie theater candy.
18.Alice Waters: Caramel Corn
Eat Me Daily reports that Berkeley's Original locavore told a panel about her love of the sugary popcorn. They report, "even after throwing it away to keep herself at bay from the sugary substance, she found herself pulling it out of the garbage the next morning."
19.José Andrés: Gin And Tonics
The acclaimed Spanish chef behind DC's Minibar and LA's "The Bazaar" admits to throwing back a few of these drink on occasion. As he told Yum Sugar, "I try to be a good role model for my young daughters and not commit too many crimes, but once in a while, I do have too many gin and tonics. Bombay Sapphire is my favorite. Some of my mixology friends think I don't have any refinement, but I don't care."
20.Cat Cora: Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
The Food Network chef told Glam that she loves the salty-sweet candies.
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