Phil & Mel In The Afternoon

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We all have our guilty fast food pleasures. No matter how hard I try to eat healthy by avoiding carbs, sugar, too much red meat, or anything fried, every now and then I give in and hit the drive-thru for a greasy gut bomb burger, a side of fries, and a soda or milkshake. I’m an American, dammit!

The last people you might expect to see ordering fast food would be famous chefs. Their reputations as arbiters of gourmet cuisine could be ruined if they were seen scarfing down two all-beef patties, etc. like a palateless commoner. However, a few of the chefs you’ve seen on TV have revealed that they too have a fondness for the occasional meal served in a paper bag.

Andrew Zimmern (below right), host of Travel Channel’s various Bizarre shows, has professed his passion for midwestern favorite Culver’s ButterBurgers & Frozen Custard, although it looks like he’s about to dig into something from Shake Shack in this photo:

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Michael Psilakis (below), of Iron Chef America fame, is crazy for the KFC. He might even be able to discern what the eleven herbs and spices are in the Colonel’s secret recipe.

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TV chefs Gordon Ramsay, Tyler Florence, Alton Brown, Ina Garten, and Guy Fieri (below) are all in on In-N-Out Burger. Even the late Julia Child and Anthony Bourdain, both of whom were tough to please, gave high marks to the iconic West Coast chain.

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I’ve been to In-N-Out Burger in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. It’s really good but hard to get to from Charlotte, unlike, say, Smashburger or Five Guys. How do they compare? There’s a way to find out that doesn’t involve air travel. The ball is in your court, In-N-Out Burger. We still have plenty of retail space around here. Not that I need another way to feed my guilty pleasure.