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Professional chefs are notoriously picky when it comes to sourcing the best of the best. From locally grown produce to high-end cookware, only the top-notch stuff will do. So, we got to wondering: How do chefs stock up on the basics when they’re off the clock? We were especially curious about which brands of dish soap chefs reach for when they need to suds up at home. After all, doing dishes is the most routine part of cooking. We asked several chefs from around the country which brands of soap they like to purchase for their own home kitchens — and three brands stood out.
Palmolive Ultra, Citrus Lemon
“I’m old-school in the way that I wash dishes at home, as I still use liquid soap in the sink and let them dry on the rack. My wife is a surgeon, so ensuring that the dishes are clean is really important to me and my family.”— James Wegner, chef and owner of Bodhi’s Bowl
“I have to admit I am a Dawn industrial-strength guy. I mean, I know it is basic, but truly it gets the job done. Did you know that mixing Dawn, baking soda, and white vinegar then letting it set for a few minutes can literally make all pans turn from black to silver?”— Adrian Davila, pitmaster and owner of Davila’s BBQ
Did your favorite brand of dish soap make this list? Tell us in the comments below.