Fried clams, tomato salad, strawberry shortcake — even celebrity chefs and professional eaters like Michael Symon and April Bloomfield love classic summer foods.
Here, the country's best chefs recall childhood obsessions and reveal warm-weather dishes they want right now. Read on to see who ate tuna-on-white at the beach (with eight siblings) and what ingredient fuels one Iron Chef's stamina. The memories lead to our favorite summer recipes. — Alex Vallis