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Food Network Chefs' Favorite Secret Ingredients

Food Network Magazine asked top chefs across the country for their go-to secret ingredients. Here's what the Food Network stars had to say — in their own words, and their own handwriting.
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Guy Fieri, Diners, Drive-ins and Dives

Anchovies don't get enough respect. I like to incorporate them in my sauce to add depth with a little bit of saltiness. They're great to work with in Italian dishes.

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Marc Murphy, Chopped

In all my restaurants I brew espresso not just to serve as a warm beverage but as a secret addition to chocolate mousse and also in marinades for meat. For chocolate mousse and other chocolate desserts, just a touch of espresso really complements the flavor while adding a layer of complexity. Not too much, as you don't want to actually taste coffee.

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Sunny Anderson, The Kitchen

Pickled Jalapenos — This jar of love stays in my fridge 24/7 to add zip, heat and sweet to so much! I add 'em to my mashed potatoes, deviled eggs, salad dressings and more. Plus, people always ask me, "What is it I'm tasting??" Yaaaaay!!

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Geoffrey Zakarian, Iron Chef America

French salted butter is so creamy and amazing, and the salt adds such a luxurious richness to any sauce. It's my go-to in finishing sauces—mostly fish.

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