Famous chefs refuse to eat these foods

They may be the ultimate foodies, but celebrity chefs are more like us mere mortals than you would ever believe. You would probably never classify a well-known chef as a picky eater, but even the most famous celebrity chefs have foods they just can't stand — and some of them are definitely not what you would expect.

Personal palates are a funny thing. Some of these professional foodies detest strong spices like wasabi and cilantro. Others refuse to eat some of the most common (seemingly harmless) foods like eggs or bananas. One famous food enthusiast won't even touch raw cookie dough (raise your hand if you agree that's just plain crazy)! So what are the foods these top food enthusiasts won't touch? Read on to check out what your favorite celebrity chefs refuse to eat — and to feel just a little bit better about some of your own strange food aversions.


Food Network Star Ree Drummond is funny, charming, and down-to-earth. She's also honest and doesn't hold back about what she doesn't like. When she wrote about her least favorite fruit, bananas, on her own site, she used three words to describe them: "Abhor, loathe and recoil." That just about sums it up!

Drummond has developed some banana recipes for her fans over the years, but they are not her favorite. When asked about her perfect dish by Design and Living Magazine, she immediately took a shot at the yellow fruit. "Oh gosh, well again, if it doesn't have bananas. I don't like bananas. I like to drive that point home. The perfect recipe is something that results in what you want to eat," she told the magazine.

Green peppers

There's not much to hate about green bell peppers. They're like lettuce — crisp and crunchy without any strong taste. However, that's exactly why Chef Aaron Sanchez told Food Network he won't touch them. "I like red bell peppers and yellow peppers, but green bell peppers just don't taste like much of anything," he said.


Even though many chefs love spicy food with bold flavors, not everyone can get on board. Chef Katie Lee told Food Network that she just can't do wasabi. "I love spicy food, so I'm not sure why I have this aversion to wasabi, but I really detest it," she said.

While Lee holds the wasabi, she's up for other spicy bites. "Probably if you asked me the weirdest thing you'd find in my purse, [it] would be hot sauce," she told Food Network in a different interview. "I carry around packets of hot sauce. When that Beyoncé song ["Formation"] came out and she said, 'Hot sauce in [my] bag swag,' I was like: 'Yep! I got mine.'"

Plane food

The late chef Anthony Bourdain traveled like no one else. So it may be a little surprising to hear that while he spent much of his time on a plane, he wouldn't eat the food they serve. When asked if he'd ever consider eating the plane snacks, Bourdain didn't hesitate. "Never. 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," he told Bon Appetit. "For a super-long flight, I'd order cheese and s**t load of port. I'd eat some cheese and drink myself stupid."

Because Bourdain refused the plane food, he once decided to bring his own food on his flight, but never again. "If you want to be the most despised person in the cabin, bring some good barbecue on and have everybody in the plane smell it," he said. "I brought some Joe's BBQ on the plane from Kansas City once, and the look of pure loathing on everyone's faces as I gnawed on my ribs—I wouldn't care to repeat it."


Licorice seems to be one of those flavors that you either love or hate. For Chef Donal Skehan, it's a strong hatred. "I absolutely hate licorice," he told Food Network. "Just hands down, I do not like it as a flavor."

Skehan travels the world trying new dishes and flavors, but licorice will never end up on his plate.

Pineapple pizza

Some people think pineapple pizza is the perfect blend of sweet and savory. Gordon Ramsay disagrees. When hosting The Nightly Show, Ramsay decided to order pizzas for the audience. Audience members called out toppings while he phoned in the order, and when one person asked for pineapple pizza, Ramsay lost it in his signature way. "You don't put pineapple on a f***ing pizza!" he barked at the audience.

After ordering pepperoni pizzas for the group, he reminded the restaurant employee at the end of the call, "And no pineapple anywhere." You don't mess with Ramsay and his pizza.

Deep-fried turkey

Gordon Ramsay doesn't just hate pineapple pizza. To that list, you can also add grits, American sandwiches, and deep fried turkey. "It was f***ing disgusting," Ramsay said on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. "Dry turkey... there's a reason we only eat that turkey once a year."

Colbert disagreed in his own hilarious way. "I'm from the south, everything is deep fried," he explained. "We dip it in concrete, and then we deep fat fry it."


Okra is a green vegetable that can be used in soups or stews. However, for Tia Mowry, host of Tia Mowry at Home, it's not coming into her kitchen. "I can't tell you when the last time I had okra [was]. I think I was, like, maybe 12 years old, and it was disgusting," Mowry told Food Network. "I will never, ever forget. It's gross. I hate, hate, hate okra."

Truffle oil

Truffle oil just sounds elegant, so you would think someone as proper and elegant as Martha Stewart would be all about it. Well, you'd be wrong.

"I eat everything. I actually love food, so I'm always trying new things," Stewart told People. "I hate truffle oil. It's horrible and horrible for you. It's made out of chemicals, and it's not pure truffles."


When chefs don't like certain foods, they have to decide if they are willing to create recipes with them. Many people love coconut, but Chef Giada De Laurentiis can't stand it and doesn't like to cook with it.

"I don't like coconut," she told People. "I may have one coconut recipe in all the recipes I've ever written."

Another food you won't find in De Laurentiis' recipes? Green peppers. "I don't like the flavor or the look. No green peppers will ever be found in any of my recipes," she said.


Food Network Star Ina Garten loves creating classic comfort food dishes, but don't expect to see any cilantro in her food. "Hate it!" Garten said when being interviewed on VICE's Munchies podcast. "I know people love it, and you can add it to the recipe. I just hate it. To me it's so strong—and it actually tastes like soap to me—but it's so strong it overpowers every other flavor."


On his show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, Guy Fieri seems to eat just about anything. However, don't order breakfast with him. The chef flat out refuses to eat eggs. When being featured on PopSugar, Fieri's assistant made sure to tell the writer, "Oh, Guy doesn't eat egg!"

That's not to say that Fieri hates savory breakfasts. Without eggs in his diet, he just needs to get a little more creative. When asked about his favorite breakfast, he went right for a rich, comforting meal. "It's gotta be ham and stone-ground grits with red-eye gravy. I'll be making it at the ranch for sure," he told PopSugar. "Grills are definitely underutilized for breakfast. The depth of flavor that you get from charring vegetables and meats is a great foundation for all different types of morning dishes. For example, sausages and steak take on a whole new level when thrown on the grill versus in the frying pan."

Cookie dough

Try to think of anyone in your life who hates cookie dough. Sure, maybe your mom refuses to eat it because of the raw egg, but chances are she secretly likes the taste. Host of Bizarre Foods Andrew Zimmern told People that even though he enjoys some of the strangest foods on the planet, he can't do raw cookie dough — and some other perfectly normal foods.

"I can't eat walnuts," Zimmern explained. "Won't eat 'em, can't stand 'em. Raw cookie dough. Won't eat it. Can't stand it. Oatmeal. Won't eat, can't stand it. I love fermented walrus anus, so I get to not like some things."