Some of the world’s top chefs have a dirty little secret — they can’t get enough of these fast food joints Scott Olson/Getty Images
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When we think of world-renowned chefs, it’s easy to visualize them shrinking away from fast food in disgust.

But these culinary geniuses have something to admit. Occasionally, they indulge in burgers, fried chicken, and milkshakes. And they like it.

Chefs from across the globe revealed their favorite fast food joints to Bloomberg. While there was no clear winner, two American burger chains were each mentioned more than once.

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Shake Shack is beloved by both Massimo Bottura (of Osteria Francescana in Modena, Italy) and Hélène Darroze (of Hélène Darroze in Paris).

“They serve beautiful burgers and hot dogs with amazing quality of bread and meat,” Darroze said. Bottura echoed her opinion, saying, “They care about the ingredients and that is what makes the difference. (Shake Shack founder) Danny Meyer really cares about what kind of meat, what kind of bread, what kind of sauce.”

Two more chefs selected California-based In-N-Out Burger as their favorite.

“I like it because you can have a hamburger wrapped in lettuce instead of a bun. I feel like I am eating a salad,” chef and TV personality Wolfgang Puck said. Meanwhile, Nuno Mendes (of Chiltern Firehouse in London) simply called it “awesome.”

Five Guys Burgers and Fries also got a shout-out — from Heston Blumenthal (of The Fat Duck in Bray, U.K.), who said the restaurant’s burgers “make me happy. And the guys behind the counters actually have some interest in food.”

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McDonald’s, Burger King and most of the other greasy favorites found in nearly every U.S. city were notably not among the chefs’ choices. But we were still surprised by these revelations:

“I treat myself to Popeyes a couple of times a year and I am wickedly happy downing a few pieces (wings and thighs best) of their crispy, spicy chicken – with a side of dirty rice and biscuits.”

That’s from Danny Meyer (of Gramercy Tavern in New York City), who also said he enjoys the occasional salad from Chipotle.

And from Karam Sethi (of Gymkhana London):

“I only go (to KFC) for the Zinger Tower Burger. It’s got a fried, battered breast, hash brown, a spicy tomato salsa, mayonnaise and crispy iceberg in a sesame bun. The chicken is always juicy.”

Sadly, that delicious sounding burger is not available in American KFC restaurants, although there is a petition to bring it stateside.

See the rest of the chefs’ favorite fast food places at Bloomberg.

Beth Sawicki About the author:
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