Imagine being able to cut your grocery shopping time in half and still eat like a king. You can—and it’s easier than you think.
You see, complicated meals don’t necessarily taste any better than simple ones. And even though buying the same 12 ingredients and pantry staples every time you shop may sound boring, what you cook with them doesn’t need to taste that way.
Take it from two of the best chefs in America, Quinn Hatfield and Daniel Humm, who are leading the way in the kind of fresh, simple cooking that will transform your kitchen repertoire. “To eat well, you need to cook for yourself,” Humm says. “The more complicated you make it, the less likely you’ll do it.”
He and Hatfield are just like the rest of us: short on time but all too aware of how important it is to be able to fuel up quickly after a workout, as well as take it slow and make something great for a date. And repetition is key: “The way I stock my own fridge is highly repetitive,” Hatfield says. “But men love go-to dishes we know how to make well.”
Here, our megachefs’ five powerful yet simple dishes that’ll keep you covered for years to come.
Hatfield owns one of L.A.’s best new lunch spots, Sycamore Kitchen, and has just opened a new restaurant, Odys + Penelope, a churrasco-style place where fire reigns supreme and meat is taken to the next level. Hatfield, a longtime athlete, still competes in track cycling.
Humm, the executive chef and co-owner of NYC’s Eleven Madison Park and NoMad (the former has three Michelin stars, the latter, one), is a former pro bike racer and endurance-sport junkie who runs when he’s not stuck in the kitchen.