BRIAN MALARKEY - CHEF/OWNER, SEARSUCKER RESTAURANTS (LOS ANGELES, CA)
Most overrated vegetable: Microgreens
"I did it, you did it, we do it! Stop the practice of killing baby vegetables! Also: peppers that do not provide heat or flavor, anything used for color and not flavor, aka cooking with your eyes. Romaine/iceberg/grocery greens -- pretty much anything from a grocery store. Bland, cardboard-flavored -- no personality, no soul."
Most underrated vegetable: Beets
"Farmers markets -- demand greatness! Demand fresh & real! Cut out the middle man! Canning! Savory jamming! Pickling! Beets: they are taking over the world -- we eat them, we drink them. The secret to living forever!"
ALON SHAYA - JAMES BEARD-NOMINATED CHEF, DOMENICA (NEW ORLEANS, LA)
Most overrated vegetable: Black truffles
"Now that they are being farm-raised everywhere, we have seen a surge of very expensive flavorless nuggets showing up on menus. Rarely do I come across a head-turning burst of flavor from them. Wait until November and get the foraged Italian white ones. They are soooo much better!"