Breakfast: It seems people are divided on the subject. Some eat it, some don’t. These 15 celebrity chefs, definitely eat the “most important meal of the day.” You’ve probably wondered what great chefs eat the first thing in the morning. They’re all over the map — some grab and go and some hunker down and make it an occasion.
Find out what controversial celebrity chef Guy Fieri absolutely refuses to eat for breakfast. Also, discover what your other favorite celebrity chefs absolutely love to eat for their morning meals — you might be surprised, and maybe even inspired.
1. Tom Colicchio
Tom Colicchio is still serving as the head judge on “Top Chef,” which is returning to Bravo for season 15. Colicchio reminded Today in an interview that his morning routine isn’t his choosing; his three sons wake him at 6 a.m. He gets up and makes the kids breakfast, then drinks around six cups of black coffee. He also loves to eat eggs in the summer because his family raises chickens. When the hens aren’t laying, he typically eats whatever the kids are having, which ranges from cereal to toast and jam. It looks as if Colicchio doesn’t have a favorite morning meal, but as long as coffee is part of it, he’s a-OK.
Next: Olive oil for breakfast?
2. Giada De Laurentiis
Giada De Laurentiis is an Italian-born American chef, television personality, and writer. She definitely eats breakfast — and it’s a rather unusual choice. She loves to have about a quarter cup of brown rice in the morning — swimming in olive oil. She adds almost three tablespoons to her rice, according to the website Delish. When the celebrity chef travels she can’t always get that combo, so she ops for Starbucks’ plain oatmeal — with olive oil, salt, and a bit of lemon zest if she can find it. Olive oil for breakfast — intriguing or disgusting? You decide.
Next: Rocco DiSpirito’s eclectic tastes
3. Rocco DiSpirito
Celebrity chef and author Rocco DiSpirito is an early riser. When he gets up at 5:30 a.m. he has something right away, according to an interview he did with Today. That something might be a vanilla mocha shake, plus some of his daily liter of water. The healthy lifestyle crusader tries to ingest 30 grams each of protein and fiber in the first half hour he’s awake. Once he showers, he chases that with another 1,000 calories — all before he goes to work.
DiSpirito loves a classic Japanese breakfast the best, but he also likes to make breakfast sandwiches on sweet potato buns. He’s into savory morning meals, too — cue fish for breakfast. The list goes on: DiSpirito also lovesto have eggs and fruit or his homemade chocolate breakfast bars.
Next: This is what Guy Fieri despises for breakfast — or any other meal.
4. Guy Fieri
Everyone knows Guy Fieri — you either love him or … you don’t. You’ve all seen his antics on the Food Network’s show “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives,” and you might think he’d eat just about anything. Well, you’re half right.
Fieri will not eat eggs. Not for breakfast and not ever. He has no problem eating foods that have eggs in them — such as cakes and muffins — as long as he can’t see the eggs. Serve the guy a dish that any visible egg product in it and you can be sure he won’t eat it. But serve Fieri his No. 1 breakfast choice of ham, grits, and red-eye gravy, and he’ll tear it up.
Next: Fresh, not frozen, for Bobby Flay
5. Bobby Flay
Food Network celebrity chef, restaurateur, and TV personality Bobby Flay is a breakfast eater, according to Bon Appetit. He goes light and fresh — Flay’s typical routine is to add some fresh berries to Greek yogurt and drizzle some pomegranate molasses or honey on too. He also likes to make smoothies. Flay adds Whole Foods’ black currant juice to the blender, along with lots of blueberries and Greek yogurt. No frozen berries for Bobby Flay, thank you very much — he uses only fresh. Blackberries are his fave, but blueberries come in a close second.
Next: Check out Gordon Ramsay’s “small meal.”
6. Gordon Ramsay
British celebrity chef, TV star and restaurateur Gordon Ramsay doesn’t eat three square meals a day, according to the website Delish. Instead, he enjoys grazing. He typically eats four or five small meals a day and moves on. That said, Ramsay posted an Instagram photo of a bran muffin, two croissants, and a glass of orange juice. Assuming that’s his breakfast, perhaps his idea of “small” meals differs from most people’s.
Next: Cat Cora champions breakfast.
7. Cat Cora
Remember Cat Cora from the Food Network show “Iron Chef?” She thinks everyone should eat breakfast so they can “clear out the cobwebs” and get the fuel they need after sleeping all night.
She starts with coffee in the morning, according to the Modern Wellness Guide website, but she wants nothing to do with the bulletproof coffee trend. Cora follows her coffee with something that has protein in it, whether it’s a couple of hard-boiled eggs or an omelet with veggies. She advocates eating a healthy breakfast that’s light on carbs and fat; some of her other go-to choices include Kashi high-fiber cereal and oatmeal with agave, nuts, fruit, and cinnamon.
Next: The Naked Chef shakes it up
8. Jamie Oliver
Food Network “Naked Chef” star Jamie Oliver prepares bags of frozen fruit to use for his morning smoothies, according to his website. He adds some fruit juice, oats, milk, and natural yogurt to the blender — plus an occasional hunk of fresh ginger or a sprinkle of cinnamon — and voila, a smoothie is born. Oliver also likes to eat protein in the morning, so he’ll add some chia seeds to his porridge or throw some eggs in a pan. He also opts for water as his morning beverage.
Next: Nigella Lawson forces herself to eat breakfast.
9. Nigella Lawson
Breakfast is important to food writer, journalist, and television personality Nigella Lawson. In fact, she told NPR that, “It’s the only time of day, really, when I make myself eat.” Lawson finds it hard to eat first thing in the morning, but she does it because she feels her body needs it. She typically goes easy and small for breakfast — her fave choices include avocado bruschetta with lots of butter and her homemade breakfast bars. Lawson says these choices area substantial enough to make you feel like you’re having a real meal but easy and fast to make.
Next: Anthony Bourdain would spend his last dime on this breakfast food.
10. Anthony Bourdain
Bad boy celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain has very definite views on breakfast. He loves it — so much, in fact, that he answered a Reddit query from a user who wanted to know what he would do with his last $20 in New York City. Bourdain responded, “A bialy. A toasted bialy with some butter, maybe at like Barney Greengrass, and then… what, do I die after spending this $20? Is that what happens? I mean, it’s a pretty good value, maybe I’ll have two bialys for $20.” No doubt Bourdain digs a bialy for brekkie.
Next: Robert Irvine packs in the protein.
11. Robert Irvine
“Restaurant: Impossible” host Robert Irvine likes to eat a clean diet. He snacks on almonds and peanut butter hummus — and he packs his breakfast full of protein. As soon as Irvine wakes up he makes himself oatmeal, then he has his protein, typically in the form of turkey bacon, egg whites, or whole-wheat toast. When he’s on the road, Irvine eats in some places not exactly known for healthful food, according to the Food Network. When that happens, he asks for something healthy that basically any restaurant should have, such as a hard-boiled egg or a chicken breast.
Next: Ann Burrell’s quick and easy choice
12. Anne Burrell
Anne Burrell eats breakfast religiously, according to Life & Style. She loves Greek yogurt and berries, like Bobby Flay. Burrell says it’s quick and easy to make and it gets your metabolism going. Plus, it’s healthy. Burrell always has snacks throughout the morning so she doesn’t get cranky on the job. She always carries some sort of bar or almonds, just in case there’s nothing available.
Next: Bigger is better for Anthony Strong.
13. Anthony Strong
Chef Anthony Strong of Delfina Restaurant Group goes big for breakfast, according to the Huffington Post. He eats a huge meal, but it takes him only 12 minutes to prepare. First, he puts water for tea on the stove, then he pours some orange juice. Next, he eats a piece of fruit and scrambles a couple of eggs in butter. He puts the eggs on top of some arugula, adds half an avocado, and tops it with sauerkraut. Cracked pepper an olive oil are the finishing touches on his plate — and he eats another piece of fruit as he leaves the house.
Next: Marcus Samuelsson: Weekend warrior
14. Marcus Samuelsson
Ethiopian-born Marcus Samuelsson grew up in Sweden and eventually came stateside to become the chef owner of the restaurant Red Rooster in Harlem, N.Y. He also served as a judge on the Food Network show “Top Chef.” He eats breakfast only on the weekends, according to the website Extra Crispy. His wife often cooks stews during the week, which Samuelsson loves to eat for breakfast on the weekends. His very favorite, however, is an Ethiopian breakfast that consists of chicken doro wat with two poached eggs with cottage cheese on top — and he might even add in some toast.
Next: Jacques Torres has chocolate for breakfast.
15. Jacques Torres
Unfortunately, master pastry chef Jacques Torres, aka Mr. Chocolate, does eat a bunch of his confections for breakfast, according to Huffington Post. Instead, he has a routine that involves using a — gasp — microwave. He puts an egg in a coffee cup filled with hot water and sticks it in the microwave for a minute, then he microwaves some spinach. He puts his poached egg on the spinach, adds some salt, and last — sprinkles some cocoa nibs on it.
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