Chefs Tell All: Smoking, Vices, and Hangover Cures

For our January issue, we asked 24 chefs to give their candid—and anonymous—opinions on overrated colleagues, underappreciated restaurants, embarrassing ingredients, and nightmare customers. We're posting the results throughout the month.

Your biggest vice?

“Whiskey and women.”

“Pasta at midnight.”

“Watching Ultimate Fighting Championship."

What’s the first thing you do after leaving the kitchen?

“A shot of Jameson, no question. Jameson loves the food industry.”

“Go get a cup of oolong green tea from Starbucks in Chevy Chase.”

“A bath with salts to relax my legs.”

Your hangover cure?

“Excedrin and Adderall—together.”

“Spinning class.”

“Weissbier and orange juice.”

Do you smoke?

80 percent: No.

“It kills your taste buds.”

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This article appears in the January issue of The Washingtonian.

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