There is no doubt that Berlin is one of the most exciting cities to visit in the whole of Europe – one of the most beautiful, in fact. And one of the best times of the day to truly experience the beauty of the German capital is during its stunning Summer sunsets.
While bratwursts, beer and pretzels are all wonderful things that German cities offer, Berlin has a special aura about it, especially during the sunset. The first viewpoint one should try and visit is the Tempelhofer Feld.
It might be an old landing strip of yesteryear. Make no mistake about it though, it’s a beautiful, scenic space where skaters, joggers, and bike riders like to explore.
When the Summer comes around and people like to be out and about until the night hours, Tempelhofer is where you can expect some true festive atmospheres. Tons of concerts take place here and you can enjoy the sunset with thousands of people.
Another way to enjoy the Berlin sunset is to visit one of the many canals the city has to offer. The reflection of the sun on the water is like nothing you’ve ever seen before.
Some of the classic areas with plenty of canals include the Admiralbrücke, which is famous for the many guitar players it attracts. Another couple of ideal areas to watch the sunset include the Hobrechtbrücke and the Glogauer Brücke. Both are extremely chilled in equal measures.
One place in Berlin that has something for everyone is Klunkerkranich. This rooftop restaurant isn’t just a great place to eat, it also provides beautiful views and is a social haven.
35 Foods Famous Chefs Refuse To Eat
Even though a celebrity chef’s world revolves around food, there are some dishes that they themselves would never consider eating. The most common reasons that chefs avoid certain foods are the ingredients, taste, cooking process, or ethical concerns. Here are 35 dishes that celebrity chefs choose to stay away from.
Gordon Ramsay and Airplane Food
Maybe Gordon Ramsay does not like airplane food because he was once the food advisor for Singapore Airlines. Ultimately, Ramsay stays away from this kind of food to this day.
Ramsay was recently quoted as saying, “there is no way I eat on planes.” Even though Ramsay worked for an airline for a whole decade, he has lost the taste for food 30,000 feet in the air. Because Ramsay knows what goes into airplane food and how it is processed, he will never touch the stuff again in his life.
Ree Drummond and Bananas
If you’ve ever seen Ree Drummond’s show on The Food Network, then you probably have a good understanding already as to why she stays away from bananas. Over the years, she has tried to appease her viewers by including bananas in a few of her recipes, but she generally avoids using them.
Why does Ree loathe bananas? There’s no particular reason – she’s simply not a fan of their taste. There are a lot of other fruits that she feels would work well in her recipes instead of this curvy yellow fruit. She may get rid of bananas altogether in the near future, so if you’re looking for banana recipes, you’ll have to find another Food Network star to follow.
Aaron Sanchez and Green Peppers
Many chefs around the globe love to use green peppers in their dishes. But this is not the case with Chef Aaron Sanchez. In Sanchez’s estimation, green peppers are like lettuce, but without any taste at all.
Instead, Aaron Sanchez recommends that people use red and yellow peppers to add color to any dish. The green peppers are simply bland and boring. Since green peppers have a limited taste, the celebrity chef says you can add some spices to make them more interesting – but Sanchez would rather not touch them at all. It’s a good thing there are other kinds of peppers to choose from.
Martha Stewart and Truffle Oil
Truffles have gained popularity due to their tastiness, and truffle oil sounds just as good – but most people don’t actually know what truffle oil is made of these days. Martha Stewart is a top chef who knows the truth about truffle oil and refuses to use it in her recipes.
The fact of the matter is that truffle oil does not actually come from truffles. Most producers now use synthetic ingredients that simply taste like truffles. Sounds about as appetizing as the oil you put in your car. And Martha is not the only celebrity chef who avoids truffle oil – Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich, and Anthony Bourdain are all in the same camp. Turns out some ingredients are not as fancy as they sound.
Wolfgang Puck and Wagyu Steak
Wolfgang Puck is known for his incredible dishes from all over the world. However, you are not likely to see him preparing a dish with Wagyu beef in it. Even though Puck has won countless awards for his steaks, he always leaves Wagyu beef out of the picture.
In Puck’s opinion, Wagyu beef is quite fatty. He feels like there are a lot of better cuts out there to work with. Since Wagyu steak is not healthy to eat in large quantities, he wants to give his customers more steak options so that they can eat as much as they like. Wolfgang Puck wants to make sure your belly stays full while your body stays healthy.
Katie Lee and Wasabi
Many Asian dishes feature a side of wasabi to finish it off in style. But Chef Katie Lee does not include wasabi when serving her meals. Lee herself really likes the ingredient, but says wasabi is not the best way to go when spicing up a dish.
Katie Lee would much rather add some hot sauce to a dish than a dab of wasabi. So you can expect Lee to carry around packets of hot sauce, but certainly not packets of wasabi. The next time you’re eating Asian food, you may want to try this switch as well!
Antonio Carluccio and Spaghetti Bolognese
Antonio Carluccio was known for his amazing Italian dishes, but you would never see spaghetti bolognese on his menu. Carluccio also avoided it when he went out to eat. Apparently, he had a good reason for this.
From Carluccio’s point of view, too many people add a massive amount of herbs that become a detriment to the dish itself. They put in loads of garlic, parsley, oregano, and basil – and these are not herbs that should be used in the dish at all. He felt this happened especially in Great Britain and the United States, while chefs in his home country of Italy knew how to make a more authentic spaghetti bolognese.
Donal Skehan and Licorice
Most people are big fans of candy, but you will never see Chef Donal Skehan with licorice nearby. He actually hates the stuff, and it has everything to do with its flavor.
As Donal Skehan traverses the globe looking for new ways to make cooking an art, he will definitely try anything but licorice. However, one question does come up with Skehan’s hatred of licorice. Is there a chance that he does like Twizzlers? We may never know. Thankfully, there are plenty of other great sugary ingredients that will aid him down the line.
Gordon Ramsay and the Soup of the Day
Ramsay hits the list again with his disdain for any restaurant’s Soup of the Day. Whenever Ramsay is talking about soup, he always tells his viewers to steer clear of the dreaded Soup of the Day.
Ramsay warns that there are restaurants out there that keep their Soup of the Day on the menu for many days in a row. The reason? Restaurants are not selling enough of the soup each day, so they tend to have a lot left over. As a result, many customers are being served old soup that may have been cooked up a few days ago. Ramsay is certainly looking out for his viewers and wants them to get fresh, quality dishes when they go out to eat.
Nigella Lawson and Foie Gras
When people hear the words “foie gras,” most think elegant, tasty, and extraordinary. When Chef Nigella Lawson hears the same words, she gets nauseous. In 2012, there was even a newspaper that falsely claimed Lawson had bought foie gras, and she sued them. She is certainly not a fan of this delicacy.
Since foie gras is actually illegal in the United Kingdom, you can imagine that Nigella Lawson would not be caught dead with it. Foie gras is made from the fatty liver of ducks and geese that are force-fed and fattened to a point where they can barely move – and while Lawson is not necessarily an animal rights activist, she is certainly not in favor of this abusive practice.
Andrew Zimmern and Fruit Juice
Another thing Andrew Zimmern avoids is store-bought fruit juice. His issue with the beverage is the fact that companies market it to consumers as a healthy option – when in fact, the bottles often contain too much added sugar and artificial ingredients.
People think fruit juice is healthy, so they drink a lot of it. But it would be wise to read the ingredients label before picking up juice from the store. You may be surprised to find that a bottle of juice can be just as unhealthy as a bottle of Coke!
Gordon Ramsay and Deep-Fried Turkey
Another thing that Gordon Ramsay does not like: deep-fried turkey. He feels that preparing turkey in this manner completely ruins it. People seem to love it around the holidays, and Ramsay thinks that’s unfortunate.
During an interview on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Gordon has said that there is a reason people only eat turkey once a year. Maybe Ramsay has not really tried a good deep-fried turkey, or maybe he had a bad experience with the dish. Either way, you will not be seeing Gordon Ramsey making friends with deep-fried turkey anytime soon.
Anthony Bourdain and Monday Fish
This next food preference may seem a little particular, but the late Anthony Bourdain would never order fish on a Monday. Sounds a little paranoid if you ask us – however, there is a reason to his madness.
Unless Bourdain was at a 4-star restaurant, he would never order fish on a Monday. This is because by that point, many restaurants are using fish that they acquired several days ago. That is certainly not a recipe for freshness, and we’re thankful to Bourdain for this useful tip that will help us decide what to order at a restaurant depending on the day of our visit.
Tia Mowry and Okra
Okra is a great option for stews and soups, if you are looking to add some healthy greens. But when it comes to Chef Tia Mowry, okra is never a great option. Apparently, Mowry had a bad experience with okra.
When Tia was twelve years old, she ate okra for the first time and it has forever scarred her. Unfortunately, she cannot get the nasty flavor out of her mind. Even if you deep fried it and covered it in butter and spices, there is no chance you would be able to get Tia Mowry to try okra ever again.
Anthony Bourdain and Hollandaise
Bourdain also tried to avoid hollandaise sauce at restaurants. What was his reasoning? The late and great chef warned that bacteria likes to hide in the sauce, as most restaurants make it in large batches and store it for long periods of time rather than preparing it fresh with every order.
Hollandaise sauce includes raw eggs, and that can be a recipe for disaster if not prepared and stored properly. That’s all we need to know – we will not be eating hollandaise sauce any time soon, either.
Giada De Laurentiis and Coconuts
Some might be wondering how coconuts could ever be a problem, but sometimes it all comes down to personal preference. Chef Giada De Laurentiis will never eat coconut or include it in her recipes.
Unfortunately, Giada simply does not like the taste of coconut. Can you blame her? Coconut is a fruit that’s really hit or miss with people. But don’t worry – Giada has plenty of other tropical recipes that will make up for the lack of coconut.
Nigella Lawson and Dieting
You will never see Nigella Lawson on a strict diet. From her perspective, people are missing out on life if they make their eating habits too restrictive and never allow themselves to indulge in some unhealthy treats.
Lawson feels like we should not deprive ourselves of pleasure when eating, and believes that all foods should be allowed in moderation. She believes that people can strike a balance between eating healthy and finding enjoyment in their meals. We could not thank you more for your sentiment here, Nigella Lawson.
Ryan Ososky and Chicken
Chicken is one of the most widely-consumed meats across the world today. But Chef Ryan Ososky believes that we should eat less of it – and he has a few reasons for this viewpoint.
First off, Ososky believes that chicken is a very overpriced commodity. Secondly, many people do not know how to prepare chicken in an original and tasty way, which results in a bland meal. Lastly, many people overcook chicken, completely ruining the dish in the process. As the Head Chef for an upscale Hollywood restaurant called The Church Key, you can imagine that Ososky knows a thing or two about preparing chicken.
Gordon Ramsay and Pineapple Pizza
Does Gordon Ramsay enjoy any food? For the third time, Ramsay makes the list with his frustration over pineapple pizza. Some of you are applauding right now and some are quite dismayed, but this sweet and savory blend does not sit well with Ramsay.
The reason we know that Ramsay does not like pineapple pizza is because of an incident on The Nightly Show. As a kind gesture, Ramsay was taking pizza orders for the audience. Someone called out “pineapple pizza,” and the rest is history. Pineapple should go nowhere near pizza, in the eyes of the great Ramsay.
Ina Garten and Cilantro
Ina Garten, another Food Network chef, makes the list because of her steadfast avoidance of cilantro. When preparing world-class dishes, Garten will use any herb under the sun except for cilantro.
The main reason why Garten chooses not to use cilantro is its taste, which is too strong for her liking. If Garten could compare the flavor of cilantro to anything, she would compare it to soap. How tasty! Since cilantro overpowers all the other ingredients in a recipe, you can expect Garten to look elsewhere when she needs herbs to add flavor to a dish.
Michael Smith and Processed Foods
Processed foods seem to be all the rage these days for two reasons – they are cheap and convenient. But Chef Michael Smith says your life depends on staying away from these foods. Even if the processed foods are low-fat, Smith believes that they should not be a regular part of your diet.
The Canadian chef has been very outspoken against processed foods because most of these products have a large amount of added sugar and other unhealthy ingredients that may lead to diabetes and heart disease. We can understand why Smith is so passionate about the topic.
Guy Fieri and Eggs
By now, Guy Fieri is a household name – but you might not know that the celebrity chef really dislikes eggs. On his show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, he gives the impression that he will eat almost anything.
You may think that every good breakfast must include eggs, but Guy Fieri gets along just fine without them. One of Fieri’s favorite breakfasts of all time is grits, gravy, and ham. Add in some tasty vegetables and other meats like steak and sausage, and Fieri believes you have the breakfast of champions.
David Chang and Whale Meat
This next food item might surprise you, but Chef David Chang will never eat or use whale meat. In most places across the world, hunting for whales is a crime which carries high penalties.
However, there are still a handful of countries that allow this hunting practice, such as Iceland, Japan, and Norway. Chang believes that hunting whales is unethical due to their endangered status, and you’ll never catch him using whale meat in his recipes. Instead, you will see Chang incorporating a variety of other seafood into his dishes.
Andrew Zimmern and Cookie Dough
Andrew Zimmern, the host of Bizarre Foods, travels a lot around the globe and tries many different foods in the process. However, you will never see Zimmern eating cookie dough. Not liking cookie dough might seem crazy, but Zimmern has a clear disdain for the sweet substance.
Cookie dough does contain raw eggs, but that alone shouldn’t deter a man who has tasted unusual things like fermented walrus and cow placenta. Most of us would find the idea of these foods absolutely disgusting, but Zimmern actually prefers them over cookie dough… now that’s what we’d call bizarre!
Dean Schroeder and Ribeye
What kind of a chef doesn’t like a good, old-fashioned steak? Don’t worry, Dean Schroeder is actually a fan of steak – but not when it’s overdone. In Schroeder’s view, many chefs across the country ruin a good ribeye by overcooking it.
Here is the truth of the matter – when a restaurant customer orders a ribeye well-done, the chef is likely going to use the worst piece of meat for the dish. Why would that be? Well, if you overcook something, then the customer will never know how fresh the meat actually was to begin with. Turns out Schroeder is not only a great chef, but also a smart dude.
Ina Garten and Varied Breakfasts
Who here does not like a big breakfast with a plethora of options to choose from? Well, Ina Garten is not a fan. You can think of Garten as a purist who wants simplicity in her breakfast.
The reason why author and chef Ina Garten is not a fan of a varied breakfast is because she likes consistency. Every morning, she has coffee and oatmeal. Sure, it may seem standard – but this is the way she prefers to start her day. Maybe she will have a change of heart down the road, but some things never change – and that’s okay.
Scott Conant and Onions
Onions are a staple ingredient in many dishes around the globe – but not in Chef Scott Conant’s kitchen. Specifically, Conant has been vocal about his disdain for raw red onions. As a celebrity judge on the show Chopped, Conant urges people to steer clear of onions.
Conant even goes so far as to say that onions are one of the top ten things he absolutely hates. Apparently, all the red onion jokes have proved enough for the chef. It does not matter if the onions are cooked, sautéed, or raw – you will never see Scott Conant within six feet of an onion. Well, at least Conant will not be crying into his dishes anytime soon.
Marco Pierre White and Michelin-Starred Restaurants
The British chef Marco Pierre White has been outspoken about his hatred of Michelin-starred restaurants. In case you weren’t aware, Michelin-starred restaurants are supposed to be the best ones in the business. Even though White has received a good rating from Michelin, he does not love this restaurant standard.
From White’s viewpoint, Michelin-starred restaurants are trying too hard to be something they’re not. White does not believe that people should be served tiny pieces of food spread out over ten courses. He wants to give people a dining experience where they can enjoy a hearty dish all at once.
Mary Berry and Takeout Food
Mary Berry wouldn’t be caught with takeout food if her life depended on it. As a writer of 70 cookbooks and the star of The Great British Bake Off, Mary Berry believes that takeout is the sin of all sins.
Berry truly believes that the best part of family life is eating a good, home-cooked meal together. In her opinion, people dine at restaurants and get takeout way too often. Even though dining out may be an important part of the food landscape, Berry will stick to her guns until the day she dies. Hopefully, the brilliant chef has many more years to contribute to cooking and baking.
Alex Guarnaschelli and Carrots
Alex Guarnaschelli is one of the most famous female chefs around. But just because she is a celebrity chef does not mean that she has to use carrots in any of her dishes.
Apparently, Alex Guarnaschelli is fine serving baby carrots – but after that, things get a bit dicey. Early in Alex Guarnaschelli’s career, the story goes that someone was cutting carrots and they sliced their finger accidentally. Just kidding! She simply worked with carrots so much that she got sick of them – and we think that’s perfectly fair.
Bobby Flay and Durian
Durian is a fruit from Southeast Asia with a strong and unpleasant odor. Well, the truth is, few people can stand the fruit, as it does tend to stink up a room. Bobbly Flay has been in contact with it, and as he told People Magazine, he has a pretty strong opinion on what’s also known as jackfruit.
He said, “It’s awful. I don’t want to be around it.” If you ever encounter the fruit, you will know what he is talking about and why he hates it. Or you might like it., no judgment from us…
Anne Burrell and Salmon and Blue Cheese
Undoubtedly you have heard about New York City’s pop-up Cheetos restaurant. Well, Anne Burrell is the biggest name behind the cheese that keeps more and more cheese lovers going there to quench their desire. However, for her, things are different.
After the three-day celebrations in the Cheetos restaurant, Anne revealed, “I don’t like salmon. I don’t like blue cheese.” But she did add that even though she doesn’t like them, she can taste them and tell whether they were well prepared or not. However, she will never sit down and order them. Ever.
Alton Brown and Truffle Oil
As a creator and host of Good Eats, Alton Brown has made a name for himself. However, that is not all that he is proud of. As an experienced chef, Alton understands better than anyone how ingredients will work together in a dish.
However, there is one ingredient that Alton doesn’t like: Truffle oil. During an interview with Grub Street, he said, “truffle oil sucks.” With so many people out there who don’t like truffle oil, it seems he has a massive backing for his dislike.
Tom Colicchio and Okra
If you ever watched Top Chef, there is no doubt you know how one of the hosts of the show, Tom Colicchio, dislikes okra. If you give it to him in a dish, he will certainly say, no thank you. Apparently, we can all guess why Tom Colicchio dislikes okra.
The stuff’s sliminess is enough to back off your appetite and look for another dish. In this case, any chef who manages to prepare okra to Tom’s liking earns a bonus. But this will, undoubtedly, require magic if not expertise in okra preparation!
Marc Summers and Oysters and Clams
Although not in operation nowadays, Unwrapped was a famous Food Network series geared towards enlightening the viewers concerning the ins and outs of regular lunchbox fare. The host, Marc Summers, explored kitchens and exposed the mysteries behind movie candies, soda pop, lunch box treats and more.
During one of the show, Summers told the viewers that there was one food in particular that he couldn’t imagine stomaching – oysters and clams. Summers added that he doesn’t like consuming anything creepy.
Kathy Wakile and Canned Meat
If you are a fan of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, you’ve undoubtedly heard of Kathy Wakile. However, this is not the reason why she has made into our list. Kathy has made a remarkable triumph in the food scene following her TV success.
However, for Wakile, there is one specific type of food that just doesn’t make sense to her. “Spam. Meat in a can. Any meat in a can. I just think it’s gross. It has that gelatin all around it, and meat is not supposed to be in a can! It’s unjustifiable to me,” she said.
Angela Dimayuga and Anything Trendy
Angela Dimayuga, the Chief Executive Officer at Mission Chinese Food, is quite specific and general at the same time when it comes to foods she cannot stand. For Dimayuga, anything trendy is a big NO!
During her interview with Time, she said, “I think things like the water jelly make me think of food as a commodity. It brings food to this level I’m not comfortable with.” She continued, “People eat it just because it’s Instagrammable, and they can say ‘I’ve done it,’ when they’ve actually just done the opposite. You don’t actually get joy out of stunt food items.”
Chrissy Teigen and Hummus
Chrissy Teigen is a successful model and a cookbook author, not to mention that she’s married to John Legend. According to her, the chickpea spread called hummus shouldn’t be on any menu! And she has expressed her loathing towards this food in many ways.
In 2009, Chrissy tweeted, “I am the only one in the world that does not like hummus.” She went ahead to say hummus is one of the boring food she has ever seen. That was not only the tweet concerning this food. She has tweeted about it several times, in one of the tweets referring to it as “the most over-rated snack-category food alive” and a “flavourless paste.”
Ayesha Curry and Foie Gras
Perhaps you are wondering what foie gras is. Well, it is a specialty food made from a goose’s or duck’s liver. For many people, it is considered a delicacy, but for the cookbook author and TV personality Ayesha Curry, it’s an appetite killer.
In 2016, she told Entertainment Tonight that she doesn’t like it at all. “One food I’ve tried and I haven’t grown at all to like — foie gras. I don’t like it. I just don’t. I’ve tried it several different ways, and I think it’s a texture thing for me,” she said.
Angela Hartnett and Coriander/Cilantro
Most chefs can’t imagine food with garnishes such as coriander. However, for Hartnett, the food is better if served without those leafy greens. During her interview with the Independent, she said, “I find it too pungent and overpowering”.
According to Angela, if the garnish doesn’t add flavor to the food, there is no need to use it. “You see a lot of this senseless garnish… An experienced chef will appreciate that there shouldn’t be anything superfluous on a plate. If it doesn’t add flavor, there isn’t much point.” she claimed.
Andrew Zimmern and Walnuts
Andrew Zimmern cracks the list again with his hatred of walnuts. Can you blame him? There are so many other options like peanuts, cashews, and pine-nuts for people to try.
The American chef is not a fan of walnuts because he thinks they taste like a bar of soap. Zimmern has tasted some peculiar things in his time – like tarantulas, pig brains, and cow udders. But apparently, the flavor of walnuts is too much for him. Due to his adventurous eating style, we’ll give him a pass on this one.
Rachel Ray and Mayonnaise
Rachel Ray enters the list with her aversion to mayonnaise. She is not completely against making your own, but store-bought mayonnaise is a definite no-no in her book. It contains many added preservatives that allow it to be stored in a sealed container for months without refrigeration.
When Rachel is whipping up her own mayo, she feels fine – but store-bought containers just give her the willies. Since mayonnaise is such a great addition to a sandwich, you may want to take the time to learn how to prepare your own.
Mark Nichols and Oysters
Oysters may be a delicacy in many parts of the world, but they should be treated with care and concern. Chef Mark Nichols will not even get his hands on oysters because of their potential for contamination.
Oysters are risky to consume unless you are certain that they’ve been stored and prepared in a proper way. If not, raw oysters can actually kill people. Nichols, who is a Cordon-Bleu chef, thinks it best to eat oysters only if you are 100% sure that they were harvested within 100 miles of the restaurant itself. Sounds like a good rule of thumb for those of us who are not oyster experts.
Bobby Flay and Lentils
Lentils are one of the best legumes to eat in the 21st Century, as they contain tons of healthy nutrients. But that doesn’t sway Chef Bobby Flay in the slightest.
By never putting lentils on his menu, Flay believes he is saving people from one of the worst foods on the planet. But many people cannot believe that such a great chef would leave lentils out of his cooking equation entirely. Lentils are only served at Flay’s restaurant, Bar Americain, when he is out of town. How silly is that?
Ted Allen and Frozen Pizzas
The last item on our list is frozen pizza and it is brought to us by Chef Ted Allen. Of course, frozen pizza is super easy and convenient on days when you’re needing a break from cooking. But Ted Allen encourages people to avoid this common freezer staple.
Allen reminds us that frozen pizza often contains many artificial ingredients and does not provide much nutrition. Allen recommends that we make our own pizza instead. So put aside some time in your busy schedule and get to work on making a pizza that will end up being a lot more healthy and delicious. Your taste buds and your body will thank you.