We've seen Top Chef contestants create some of the most sophisticated, innovative, and downright delicious food ever in this culinary competition. But even they need a break from haute cuisine every once in a while, right?
So we asked three of this season's Top Chef veterans to come clean about the guilty pleasure foods they indulge in when they think no one else is looking.
For Season 10 and Season 14 Fan Favorite Sheldon Simeon, it's all about fast food. "I don't know if it's a guilty pleasure because I kind of do it too often, but I smash McDonald's," he told The Feast. "I will go to McDonald's and order 30 dollars' worth of food for myself and cry myself to sleep after that."
Season 11 and Season 14 finalist Shirley Chung is a self-described "savory person" who turns to tacos. "I can eat a lot of tacos, especially late night," she told The Feast. "Just give me any tacos. I can slam them like crazy."
She's been heading to California's Taco Nazo for 15 years for her taco fix. "It's Baja-style fried fish taco," she said. "It's really great."
Though Season 10 runner-up and Season 14 winner Brooke Williamson also usually prefers savory foods, her guilty pleasures are all sweet. "I don't feel guilty eating anything that I love, but all-American, seven-layer chocolate cake, like chocolate birthday cake is a big one for me," she told The Feast. "I mean, I'm gonna throw the doughnuts in there too because I always want good doughnuts."
But sometimes Brooke combines the savory and the sweet, like with the Country Ham & Egg doughnut at Sidecar Doughnuts in California, which features a poached egg, ham, and hollandaise sauce. "It's a savory doughnut that's so good," Brooke gushed.
Whatever your guilty pleasure is, just make sure it doesn't make you feel too guilty, as just thinking about all of the "carb and cheese" in Eataly's Cacio e Pepe did for Shirley. "She's asking what we want to eat, not what we eat on a daily basis," Brooke chimed in during the interview. "That's a very different conversation."
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