Secret Ingredients: 13 Foods Chefs Can't Live Without

From the humble onion to exotic Epelette pepper, here are 13 must-have secret ingredients from Sara Moulton, Art Smith, Eric Ripert and other top chefs and food personalities (14 Photos)

Katie Workman on Aug 29, 2012 at 12:12PM

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Secret Ingredients: 13 Foods Chefs Can't Live Without

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Herbes de Provence

“An ingredient I turn to all the time is Herbes de Provence. It’s so versatile. It gives a lot of flavor when used in small amounts and isn’t overpowering when used in larger amounts. It keeps its flavor and never tastes bitter, even when searing meats or vegetables on high heat.”

—Eric Ripert, chef and co-owner of New York City’s Le Bernardin

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