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Eat Like the Mentors of All-Star Academy, Season 2

All-Star Academy mentors Alex Guarnaschelli, Andrew Zimmern, Curtis Stone and Robert Irvine share their favorite eats from around the country.
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Robert's Favorite: Bacon Mac-n-Cheese Burger

"This is a burger that drives on the wrong side of the road," Robert says about the Bacon Mac-n-Cheese Burger from Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar in Las Vegas. Topped with bacon and four-cheese mac 'n' cheese and finished with Donkey Sauce and a toasted brioche roll, it's what Guy would call "off the hook."
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Curtis' Favorite: Coq au Vin

"I'll never forget the first time," says Curtis of his introduction to the Coq au Vin at La Poubelle in Los Angeles. It reminded him of a stew his mom would make when he was a kid. The secret to the dish is the sauce made from chicken stock, veal stock and red wine, which strikes the perfect balance of sweet and tart. Whenever Curtis feels homesick, he heads here.
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Andrew's Favorite: Coconut Macaroons

Andrew describes the coconut macaroons at Salty Tart Bakery in Minneapolis as "the world's best." Chef Michelle Gayer makes her recipe with tapioca syrup, shredded coconut, cream cheese and egg whites. All that creates a soft interior and a crispy exterior. "You literally enjoy every chew," Andrew raves, saying the macaroons are better than his mom's.
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Alex's Favorite: Bacon Babka

"This represents all the food groups that you really want to eat in your life and all the food groups you seek to avoid," says Alex, defining a guilty pleasure as it stands with this Bacon Babka at Supper in Philadelphia. The made-from-scratch dough is spread with melted bacon fat, brown sugar and bacon bits. It's served with salted molasses butter and more bacon.
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