It used to be that chefs would shy away from admitting where they grabbed a late-night bite as they made their weary way home after another grueling 16-hour shift in the kitchen. Now it's almost a matter of pride.
It seems that local boy Amar Santana of Charlie Palmer isn't the only chef partial to a Double-Double, Animal-style, from In-N-Out Burger, as he revealed last month. A survey by Esquire puts the chain at the top of the list of chefs' favorite fast-food haunts.
David Myers, of Sona, Comme Ça and Pizzeria Ortica, who enjoys the same order as Santana, sums up the experience, saying: "It's fast, it's hot, there are code words--what's not to enjoy?"
Meanwhile, Alton Brown, host of Iron Chef America, goes all gooey when describing the old-fashioned shakes, claiming "they make me tear up just thinkin' about it." Whoa, there!
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National chains given the nod by chefs include Chipotle, Jack in the Box, Dairy Queen, KFC and Wendy's.
Surprisingly, perhaps, there's no mention of Fatburger, although it's probably just a coincidence that a huge recall of beef reported today includes ground beef sold to the burger chain in May.
According to a spokesperson for the company, the meat was inspected before shipment, and while initial tests indicated that E. coli might be present, further tests "produced a conclusive negative (contamination free) result."
Thankfully, no illnesses have been reported.