The Surprising Foods That Top Chefs Admit They Always Keep On Hand

When many of us think of a professional chef, we may imagine a Gordon Ramsay type who has extremely high expectations for their food. What we probably don’t expect is that some chefs adore basic condiments, concoct unique Doritos creations, or considered canned and frozen foods a must. As it turns out, many chefs love all of those things and more. After all, they’re human like the rest of us, and they don’t always have time to cook everything they consume from scratch. Read on for more surprising grocery store items that are chef-approved.

Condiments Offer “Pops Of Flavor”

Despite the notion that requesting a condiment can be offensive to the chef, many cooks admit they are a necessity. Executive chef Justin Smillie told Food & Wine, “I’m a condiment junkie. I love little pops of flavors.”

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He went on to note that some of his favorites are miso and mustard. When cooking, you get to use spices and condiments like an artist uses paint. It’s part of what makes any dish unique and can add an element of flavor unlike anything you’ve had before.