What Famous Chefs Eat on Thanksgiving

It’s true: chefs eat better than us

Mario Batali's thanksgiving will involve a turkey porchetta, ravioli, and a whole lot of '97 brunello.

It must be nice to be a professional chef come holiday season. Or, for that matter, to have one in the family. Because we spoke to a few of them, and it sounds like they’re making some to-die-for Thanksgiving dinners for their guests this year. From Tom Colicchio to Alton Brown and Mario Batali, we spoke with some of the country’s most well-known chefs, restaurateurs, and food TV personalities, and asked them what they have in the works for Thanksgiving.

What Famous Chefs Eat on Thanksgiving (Slideshow)

Thanksgiving is a time to spend with family and loved ones, and even some of the country’s busiest chefs know that. It’s a chance for them to take a step back from the everyday hustle and bustle and relax. But while you might think that this is a good opportunity to let someone else do the cooking, it’s pretty hard to pull a chef away from their stove, especially when their family is depending on them to whip up something amazing. These chefs might not have had a day off in quite a while (more than one is in the middle of opening a new restaurant), yet they’re taking the time to do Thanksgiving right.

"I love the process of cooking Thanksgiving with my family every year," Tyler Florence told us. "We can really get into the ceremony of it, and it’s a lot of fun." Chef Jeff McInnis, who’s hard at work on a new restaurant in New York, will be heading down to Florida to be with family, including his daughter Bryce, before moving her up to New York.

And while many chefs brine their turkeys, two very notable ones — Bobby Flay and Tom Colicchio — don’t, and rely on basting instead.


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