Ask a Chef: What’s Your Favorite Sandwich?

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While we were pondering the art of sandwichmaking, it seemed only natural to tap our All-Star Chefs—who will be traveling around the country as part of the James Beard Foundation’s Taste America culinary tour this fall—for their picks. Below, our top toques fill us in on their favorite sandwiches.

 

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Grant Achatz (Chicago / October 17-18)
“A Potbelly sandwich works. I like the vegetarian with everything on it. It’s fresh, warm, delicious, and inexpensive.”

 

Daniel Boulud (NYC / October 10-11)
“My favorite is a Provençal pan bagnat. It’s focaccia-style bread with cucumbers, avocado, eggs, olive oil–poached tuna, tomatoes, lemon zest, basil, and olive oil, and then it’s pressed. With it I would drink rosé!”

 

Ludo Lefebvre (Boston / October 24-25)
“As a French chef, I think the croque monsieur is the king of sandwiches. It’s crispy... Read more >

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Recipe: James Beard's Steak Sandwiches

James Beard's Steak Sandwich recipe

 

The ever-opinionated James Beard held strong convictions about sandwiches, declaring them to be "one of our major glories—and also sometimes one of our major disgraces,” so we’re confident that his recipe for a robust rump steak sandwich will be a triumph in your kitchen.

 

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Video: Marc Murphy's Favorite Sandwich

 

JBF Award–winning chef and Food Network star Marc Murphy may have spent his early childhood in far-flung locations such as Paris, Milan, and Rome, but his favorite sandwich is decidedly all-American. Watch the video above for details, and stay tuned for more sandwich-related video content, as we continue to tap renowned chefs for their favorites during National Sandwich Month.

 

Murphy is also traveling to Seattle in September for James Beard Foundation's Taste America®, our ten-city epicurean tour of exclusive dining events, cooking demos, artisanal tastings, and more. Get details about Taste America and buy tickets here. Follow the festivities on Twitter with ... Read more >

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Recipe: Fish Sandwich with Chile-Lime Mayo

Mark Bittman's Fish Sandwich with Chile-Lime Mayo

 

For this penultimate summer weekend, here's a classic beachside sandwich from 2014 Leadership Award recipient Mark Bittman. Ever the health-minded cook, he permits grilling or boiling fish instead of frying it.

 

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Video: JBF Award Winner Daniel Boulud's Favorite Sandwich

 

JBF Award winner Daniel Boulud is very particular when it comes to his favorite sandwich. Watch the video above for his thorough answer from bread to filling, and stay tuned for more sandwich-related video content, as we continue to tap renowned chefs for their favorites during National Sandwich Month.

 

Boulud is also the honorary All-Star for this year's James Beard Foundation's Taste America®, our ten-city epicurean tour of exclusive dining events, cooking demos, artisanal tastings, and more. He'll be showcasing his skills with JBF Award Winner April Bloomfield in New York City, October 10-11. Get details about Taste America and buy tickets here. Follow the... Read more >

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The American Sandwich Landscape

The American Sandwich Landscape

From sea to shining sea, the U.S. is a country of sandwich lovers. Take a peek at the map below for a guide to some of the sandwiches known as beloved hometown favorites. Whether those picks are niche or known across the States, it’s safe to say we are citizens of one nation, under bread.

 

1.    Alaska > Reindeer sausage sandwich

Fresh reindeer sausage with caramelized onions, peppers, spinach, sharp cheddar, and Dijonnaise sauce on a hamburger bun

 

2.    Arizona > Indian (Navajo) taco

Distinct for its base of the Navajo frybread sopaipilla

 

3.    Arkansas > Fried bologna sandwich

“The sandwich of the South,” made on grilled white bread with bologna and cheddar cheese

 

4.    California (L.A.) > French dip

Shaved roast beef on French bread, served au jus

 

5.    Colorado > Denver... Read more >

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Video: Ludo Lefebvre's Favorite Sandwich

 

He may be the "King of Pop-Ups" on American turf, but Taste America All-Star Chef Ludo Lefebvre stayed true to his French roots, picking a quintessentially Gallic dish, when we asked about his favorite sandwich. Watch the video above for his answer, and stay tuned for more sandwich-related video content, as we continue to tap renowned chefs for their favorites during National Sandwich Month.

 

Lefebvre is also traveling to Boston in October for the final weekend of James Beard Foundation's Taste America®, our ten-city epicurean tour of exclusive dining events, cooking demos, artisanal tastings, and more. Get details about Taste America and buy... Read more >

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Video: JBF Award Winner Barbara Lynch's Favorite Sandwich

 

JBF Award winner Barbara Lynch may be known for her Italian- and French-influenced Boston restaurant empire, but when we asked about her favorite sandwich, she immediately responded with an American classic. Watch the video above for her answer, and stay tuned for more sandwich-related video content, as we continue to tap renowned chefs for their favorites during National Sandwich Month.

 

Lynch is also traveling to Atlanta next month for the first weekend of James Beard Foundation's Taste America®, our ten-city epicurean tour of exclusive dining events, cooking demos, artisanal tastings, and more. Get details about Taste America and buy tickets here. Follow the festivities on Twitter with #JBFTasteAmerica... Read more >

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Test Your Eat-Q: Global Sandwiches

Sandwiches are far from just an American phenomenon. Test your international sammy knowledge by matching these foreign sandwiches to their ingredients!

 

 

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Video: JBF Award Winner Sherry Yard's Favorite Sandwich

 

After weeks of intensive sandwich study for National Sandwich Month, we considered ourselves to be pretty well-versed on this quintessentially American food. But when we asked James Beard Award–winning pastry chef Sherry Yard for her favorite sandwich, she came at us with a pick that was completely new to us. To find out what it was, you'll have to watch the above video! Stay tuned for more sandwich-related video content, as we continue to tap renowned chefs for their favorite versions.

 

Yard is also traveling to Phoenix next month for the first weekend of James Beard Foundation's Taste America®, our ten-city epicurean tour of exclusive dining events, cooking demos, artisanal tastings, and more. Get details about Taste America and buy tickets here. Follow the festivities on Twitter with... Read more >

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