The Hot Sauces Our Favorite Chefs Actually Use

April 15, 2016
By: Andrew Goble, GQ

Here at GQ, we cover all things edible, whether it's about thebest new spots, the diets of the fittest people on the planet, or even giving our resident Chicken Tenders Editor a course in foodie-dom with Daniel Boulud.

But for some, the beauty is in the details. What do they actually use at the best restaurants in America? We're talking salts, secret spices, spatulas—if it makes the food at these places that good, we wanna know what it is. So, we sent out a survey to dozens of our favorite chefs across the country. First up, we asked them to answer our spiciest question: What hot sauce do you actually use in the kitchen?

Our revelations: you don't have to go much further than your local grocery store to get the right stuff. Over 15% of our chefs preferred Tabasco (the No. 1 choice), with other staples like Cholula, Crystal, and Sriracha close behind. Our hunch? Use the hot sauce for your base heat, but bring in the other flavors naturally. So long, BBQ-flavored hot sauce.

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