Splurges, Secret Weapons and Fridge Favorites: Meet the 17 'Top Chef: D.C.' Contestants

The new crop of cheftestants reveal foods they hate and recipes for picky kids (18 Photos)

Maggie Shi on Jun 14, 2010 at 3:30PM

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Splurges, Secret Weapons and Fridge Favorites: Meet the 17 'Top Chef: D.C.' Contestants

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Kenny Gilbert

What's your secret weapon in the kitchen?
Combi Oven by Rationale. It's a versatile piece of equipment.

What food do you hate or refuse to eat, and why?
Raw mushrooms. [They] make me want to gag.

What's always in your refrigerator?
Butter, chicken stock, eggs, assorted cheeses and house-cured meats.

What's the one ingredient you'll always splurge on?
Imported Beluga, Osetra and Sevruga caviars.

Most kids hate to eat their veggies. Can you share an easy recipe for a common vegetable that kids will actually like?
Grilled Jumbo Asparagus with Crispy Chorizo and Aged Cheddar Sauce

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