10 Things You Didn't Know About Chris Santos

While you may know what Chris is like behind the Chopped judges’ table, you probably don’t know which kitchen tool he can’t live without or what he’d be if he weren’t a chef. 
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Read on to find out all the things you didn’t know about Chris, like what common food allergy he has.

Guilty Pleasure: Burgers

“Whenever I travel, I always have to seek out the best burger joints in town,” he says. 

Ingredient He Hates to Work With: Shellfish

“I’m allergic, so I rarely touch the stuff, so having to deal with live crabs or something like that would be challenging,” he says. 

Food He’ll Never Eat: Bananas

Most-Memorable Meal: Anywhere He's Traveling

“This is a cop-out, but I really can’t name one specifically. I can tell you walking the streets of Paris and/or Barcelona or anywhere in Italy and just eating wherever I found myself drawn to has always been the most-memorable food experiences,” he says. 

One Dish He Never Makes at Home: Cassoulet

“I wish I could make it at home, but rarely have the time. And it’s such a good reason to go out for dinner in cold-weather months,” he says. 

Kitchen Tool He Can’t Live Without: Microplane

“Simple as it sounds, a Microplane — so good for so many reasons. I like to 'grate' red onions over … guacamole, which creates a juice to swirl in, as opposed to chunks of onion that can dominate certain bites,” he says.  

Career He Would Have If He Weren’t in Food: Boxer

“Boxing, as a fighter first, then a trainer, which could still happen one day, I suppose. [I'm] obsessed with the sport,” he says. 

Favorite Food City: Los Angeles

“That’s hard, because nothing beats NYC. But I love going on a scavenger hunt in LA for out-of-the-way authentic Mexican or old-school burger counters,” he says. 

Favorite Late-Night Snack: Smartfood Popcorn

“I love that stuff. Or if I am in a sweet mood, Tate’s chocolate chip cookies,” he says. 

Must-Have at His Last Supper: Chilaquiles

“[It's] a traditional Mexican dish that is my favorite thing in the world,” he says. 

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