We’ve often wondered what our favorite chefs store in their pantries. Are they as unorganized as we are, cans of beans tilting haphazardly in one corner, a bag of mystery herbs long forgotten in another? Or are their pantries painstakingly meticulous, Ina Garten- and Martha Stewart-approved palatial walk-in closets, filled with labeled Mason jars, color-coded shelves, and jars of flour and sugar, properly removed from that flimsy sack?
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To investigate, we called upon some of our favorite chefs, asking them to take a photo of their pantry so we could play a fun little guessing game on Instagram. Six of them happily snapped images of their pantries and fridges, giving us a much-desired peek into their kitchens.
The players are Melissa Clark (New York Times food writer) Dorie Greenspan (baker and cookbook author extraordinaire), Joe Yonan (Food and Dining Editor at The Washington Post), Ali Cayne (founder of Haven’s Kitchen) Susan Spungen (cookbook author), and Maria Speck (whole grains expert). These small tidbits will certainly help eagle-eyed readers spot some important details in each photo. If you haven’t already played the matching game, head on over to our Instagram highlights, then consult the answer key below.
Header image courtesy of Joe Yonan.