The Best Cooking Lessons I Learned From Celebrity Chefs

For the past nine years, I’ve written about food on the Internet. There are many perks to this job, but the biggest one, perhaps, is having exclusive access to celebrity chefs. I’ve interviewed everyone from Guy Fieri to Tom Colicchio and attended countless demonstrations and seminars at the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and the Food Network Festivals in South Beach and New York City. While I have some fun stories (I accidentally poured beer all over Bobby Flay’s back at Rachael Ray’s Burger Bash, and Marcus Samuelsson walked in on me in the bathroom at a Riesling house in Aspen), the biggest takeaways are the cooking tips I’ve learned firsthand from these chefs. Below I share the best cooking lessons from some of the nation’s top celebrity chefs.