It's no secret that we're obsessed with the
cooking tips and secrets of our favorite chefs and and food personalities. When we get the chance, we love to pick their brains about what, exactly, it is that they do, in the hopes that some of their kitchen magic rubs off on us. And, since screaming, "HOW DO I BE JUST LIKE YOU?!" doesn't seem to work, we have to think of more creative ways to learn their secrets.
As it turns out, you can tell a lot about a cook by what they keep in their pantry and fridge. And, there are certain ingredients (looking at you, Parmesan), that you'll definitely find in more than one kitchen raid. Ahead, the five ingredients these celeb cooks always keep on hand — and Mario Batali, if you're reading, we'd love an invite for a glass of bubbly at your place.
Marcus Samuelsson, Chef And Restauranteur
Kalles from Sweden 2. A nice pot of Doro Wat stew 3. Tons of seasonal vegetables. 4. Hot Sauces from my trips 5. Swedish pickles Photo: Courtesy of Marcus Samuelsson. More
Mario Batali, Chef And Restauranteur
2. Hot sauce 3. Egg whites 4. Parmigiano Reggiano 5. Avocados Photo: Ken Goodman. More
Guy Fieri, TV Host
1. Dijon Mustard
2. Sriracha 3. Capers 4. Anchovy Paste 5. Parmigiano Reggiano Photo: Courtesy of Guy Fieri. More
Brooke Williamson, Season 10 Top Chef Winner
1. Good olive oil
2. Fish sauce 3. Coconut oil 4. Avocados 5. Almond butter 6. Apple cider vinegar
Editor's note: both Top Chef finalists told us six total items, and we loved them all so much we couldn't cut them down.] Photo: Paul Cheney/Bravo. More
Shirley Chung, Season 10 Top Chef Runner-Up
2. Soy sauces from different countries 3. Black vinegar 4. Different types of rice 5. All purpose flour 6. Fresh seasonal produce Photo: Paul Cheney/Bravo. More
Leah Cohen, Chef And Owner of Pig and Khao
2. Butter 3. Kimchi 4. Lemon and limes 5. Herbs: parsley, cilantro, thyme, etc. Photo: Courtesy of Leah Cohen. More
Adam Richman, TV Host
2. Miso Paste 3. Mayo 4. Dijon mustard 5. Eggs Photo: Courtesy of Adam Richman. More
Hugh Acheson, Restauranteur and Top Chef Judge
1. Great cheese: one firm like Gruyere, a soft ripe one, and some fresh mozzarella.
2. Chicken stock — homemade is best. 3. Lettuces in a plastic bag with a damp paper towel. They stay fresh longer that way and lettuce is a couple of steps away from a meal. 4. Eggs: The most versatile protein around. Make a salad, add some cooked farro, and top with a fried egg. 5. Carrots. I love them raw and they are my snack. But they can be made into a speedy soup, a quick puree, a wonderful roasted vegetable side, or shaved into a salad. Photo: Courtesy of Hugh Acheson. More
Molly Yeh of My Name Is Yeh
2. Eggs 3. Cucumbers 4. Plain full-fat yogurt 5. Preserved lemons Photo: Courtesy of Molly Yeh. More
Chungah Rhee of Damn Delicious
2. Milk 3. Yogurt 4. Butter 5. Cheese Photo: Courtesy of Chungah Rhee. More
Jenn Louis, Chef and Owner Of Lincoln Restaurant, Portland, OR
2. Miso 3. Egg 4. Greek yogurt 5. Wine More
Thomas Boemer Chef And Co-Owner of Corner Table and Revival in Minnesota
1. Kimchi: Good for sauces both hot and cold, and garnishing meats.
2. Eggs: Because eggs. 3. Gochujang: Better than any ketchup, especially on meatloaf. 4. Bacon: The rendered fat can be used for anything. 5. Sweet potatoes: They are a multipurpose starch & vegetable, keeps well for a long time. More Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here? Here's Why Your Teeth Feel Weird After Eating Spinach This String Cheese Brand Has Some Seriously WEIRD Flavors That Make Us Feel Nostalgic Here's How To Save $$ On Food Without Changing Your Routine