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Advocate staff file photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Gracia Green, left, wears a 'One Love' T-shirt as she, Jazmine Gilchrist, center, and Jaimie Gallagher serve customers during the grand opening of the Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers restaurant, at Third and Florida Streets in Baton Rouge.

They slave away in some of the most prestigious kitchens in Baton Rouge, creating gastronomic delights that have their clientele coming back for more.

But in their off time, do Baton Rouge's top chefs ever get tired of crafting and tasting sophisticated cuisine and simply crave a Big Mac and fries?

We asked several local chefs at the Baton Rouge Epicurean Society's Food & Wine Fête about their fast food go-to fixes. Naturally, they didn't want to give up the information at first, but eventually, they caved and confessed.


Chef Jim Urdiales, Mestizo Louisiana Mexican Restaurant

"Sonic's fried cheese (mozzarella sticks). I hate to admit that but it's old school comfort food for me."

— Jim Urdiales, Mestizo's Louisiana Mexican Restaurant


Chef Ryan André will appear on the Food Network show 'Chopped' in March. 

"Taco Bell's chalupa or nacho bell grande, that always does it for me."

— Ryan André, City Pork Brasserie & Bar


Chef Kelley McCann, Kalurah Street Grill

"Whataburger, No. 1 with a root beer."

— Kelley McCann, Kalurah Street Grill


Chef Don Bergeron, Bergeron's City Market

"Five Guys burger, that's my guilty hangover food."

— Don Bergeron, Bergeron's City Market


Chef Jeremy Langlois, White Oak Plantation

"I don't eat a lot of fast food, but I love Raising Cane's bread and sauce ... dipping the bread in the sauce and eating it. I also like Waffle House's scattered hashbrowns."

— Jeremy Langlois, White Oak Plantation


Chef William Wells, Culinary Productions

"Chili cheese dog with tater tots from Sonic."

— William Wells, Culinary Productions


Chef Nathan Gresham, Beausoleil Restaurant & Bar.

"Ground beef nachos at Zippy's. That's my fix for something quick and easy." 

 Nathan Gresham, Beausoleil Restaurant & Bar


Chef Peter Sclafani, Ruffino's

"My go-to fast food is Raising Cane's by far ... the Box with a lemonade. But I do eat Popeyes sometimes. When I do, it's dark meat, spicy, with red beans, biscuit and sweet tea."

— Peter Sclafani, Ruffino's 

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Allison Bookman, owner of Cupcake Allie 

"Popeyes — spicy chicken with mashed potatoes ... the quantity of chicken depends on how rough the day at the bakery was." 

— Allison Offner Bookman, Cupcake Allie

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Chef Nick Puletti of FreshJunkie and Somos Bandidos 

"My usual post-shift meet up with some chefs after service is Waffle House. I'll get a double cheeseburger with an egg. Hashbrowns have to be all the way." 

— Nick Puletti, FreshJunkie and Somos Bandidos 

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