Yes, even celebrity chefs have food aversions, and those most hated foods might surprise you. You might think these folks would love every food known to man (they are famous chefs, after all). However, judging by our title, you probably suspect otherwise.
If you, like any Food Network fan, want to know what your favorite foodies would never touch, look no further. These are the most hated foods of 15 gourmands.
1. Anne Burrell: Blue cheese, salmon
Anne Burrell is the cheese-loving brain behind New York City’s pop-up Cheetos restaurant. (After a quick three days of jam-packed crowds, the event is already over.) But as she told People, there are a couple seemingly standard foods she absolutely can’t stand. “I don’t like salmon. I don’t like blue cheese,” Burrell said. “I can taste both of them and understand if the dish is prepared well, but I will never sit down and eat salmon. Ever. I wish I liked it. I mean, it’s good for you.” We’ve got to give it to Burrell — at least she’ll eat it when she has to.
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2. Bobby Flay: Durian
You’re probably wondering what durian even is. It’s a southeast Asian fruit with a strong, unpleasant odor. Turns out, Bobby Flay can’t stand the stuff. He told People, “It’s awful; I don’t want to be around it.” We can’t really blame him for that, as it does tend to stink up the room.
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3. Ted Allen: Frozen pizza
As the host of Chopped, Ted Allen is no doubt a major fixture in the televised foodie scene. But one thing he warns people they should never, ever touch is an item that’s aplenty in most frozen foods sections. “People should not eat frozen pizza. Ever. It’s terrible,” he told Time. “All of it’s awful, just packed with the lowest quality ingredients, lousy sauces, and they’re overpriced for what they are. It’s not a good product. There’s so much sodium, so many calories and artificial crap and preservative.” And if you think about it, there’s not much reason anyone should have to resort to it — making your own pizza is super easy.
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4. Tom Colicchio: Okra
Pretty much anyone who’s ever watched Top Chef knows how much Tom Colicchio despises okra. If it’s in a dish, he’ll make a point to say he hates it. Apparently, he really hates the sliminess of the stuff. So, any chef who successfully prepares okra to his liking earns bonus points.
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5. Giada De Laurentiis: Coconut, green peppers
For a chef who’s made her millions slinging spaghetti-centric fare, it’s a bit odd that one of De Laurentiis’s most hated foods is the green pepper. It begs the question: Why green pepper exclusively? Can she deal with the oranges, reds, and yellows of the bunch? We’re guessing the answer is yes, seeing as she singled out the green ones only. Additionally, the chef isn’t a fan of coconuts. She says she may have one coconut-based recipe for all her years in the business.
Next: Grow it in your garden, unless you’re this famous chef.
6. Ina Garten: Cilantro
Oh Ina, how we love your soft-spoken manner and overall sunlit kitchen presence. One thing Garten refuses to buy or even go near is cilantro. For anyone who swears by cilantro-free guacamole, you have a friend in Ina.
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7. Guy Fieri: Eggs
Ah, our favorite celebrity chef. Do we find it a tad ridiculous that Fieri has achieved celebrity status by rolling into diners? Yes, we sure do. In case you were wondering, diners are known for serving up breakfast platters all day long. Eggs? You got it, they’re a breakfast staple. But, we digress.
During an interview with Tampa Bay Times, the Food Network star — in true Fieri fashion — said, “Hard-boiled and scrambled — that’s just not the way I like to party.” Party on, Guy. In one episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, he even referred to eggs as “liquid chicken.” Yikes.
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8. Andrew Zimmern: Walnuts, oatmeal
As the host of Bizarre Foods, there’s not much Andrew Zimmern won’t put in his mouth. He has an uncanny affinity for trying just about anything unusual enough to earn airtime. But apparently, there are a couple common foods the guy won’t eat. Zimmern told People that he won’t eat walnuts, raw cookie dough, or oatmeal. However, he added, “I love fermented walrus anus, so I get to not like some things.” Can’t really argue with that line of reasoning.
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9. Ree Drummond: Bananas
Ree Drummond, better known as The Pioneer Woman, has never sugar-coated the fact that she truly hates bananas. She even believes it’s genetic, as her father and brother have the same aversion. Drummond admits she’s never eaten a whole banana, and if she happens to taste any trace of it in her food, she promptly spits it out.
The funny thing is, Drummond goes into detail about how much she can’t stand bananas in a recipe post for bananas foster. However, she does note that the recipe is for folks who visit the site, rather than a dish she’d personally salivate over. Also, she mentions one other banana-based recipe on her site — her mother’s banana bread.
Next: Who does like this kind of food, anyway?
10. Anthony Bourdain: Airplane food
For a guy who’s not afraid to speak his mind, it’s no surprise Anthony Bourdain has a strong aversion to certain foods, including airplane food. And who could blame him? It’s not exactly fine dining in the friendly skies.
During an interview with Bon Appetit, Bourdain was asked if he eats airplane food. “Never,” he replied. “No one has ever felt better after eating plane food. I think people only eat it because they’re bored. I don’t eat on planes. I like to arrive hungry.” Given his profession, that makes perfect sense.
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11. Alton Brown: Truffle Oil
Known for his role as creator and host of Good Eats, Alton Brown knows how ingredients will interact in a dish. But one ingredient Brown isn’t a fan of? Truffle oil. The chef told Grub Street that “truffle oil sucks.” Turns out, he’s not the only one with a hatred of it.
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12. Gordon Ramsay: White truffle oil
Gordon Ramsay isn’t one to spare people’s feelings, which is exactly what happened when one contestant had the audacity to sprinkle truffle oil in his presence. According to Daily Dish, Ramsey had no qualms about laying into this poor, poor contestant. “One of the most pungent, ridiculous ingredients ever known to chef,” he proclaimed. “I can’t believe you’ve just done that. I think you just put your apron up in flames.” OK, so the guy really hates truffle oil — noted.
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13. Marc Summers: Clams, oysters
Although the show is no longer in production, Unwrapped was a Food Network series on a mission to show viewers the ins and outs of everyday lunchbox fare. Host Marc Summers explored test kitchens and revealed the secrets “behind lunch box treats, soda pop, movie candy, and more.”
Not too surprisingly, there’s one slightly more sophisticated food Summers can’t stomach. He’ll never eat clams or oysters. Furthermore, Summers said he just doesn’t eat anything weird. We guess that’s an appropriate statement coming from a guy who hosted a show like Unwrapped.
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14. Kathy Wakile: Canned meat
If you’ve never heard of Kathy Wakile, you’re clearly not a fan of Real Housewives of New Jersey. But Wakile made the list because she’s making her mark on the food scene. For Wakile, meat in a can is one food you should never have to resort to. “Spam. Meat in a can. Any kind of meat in a can. I just think it’s gross. It has that gelatin all around it, and meat is not supposed to be in a can! It’s unjustifiable to me,” she said.
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15. Angela Dimayuga: Anything trendy
Angela Dimayuga, executive chef at Mission Chinese Food, has the chops to back up the claims she makes about certain foods she can’t stand. And for her, that’s pretty much anything that’s trending at the moment. “I think things like the water jelly make me think of food as a commodity. It brings food to this level I’m not comfortable with,” she told Time. “People eat it just because it’s Instagrammable, and they can say ‘I’ve done it,’ when they’ve actually just done the opposite. You don’t actually get joy out of stunt food items.” And on that note, cheers to the next Unicorn Frappuccino.