Famous Chefs Share Their Dinner Disasters

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We’ve all had moments where we’ve messed something up in the kitchen, like over-whipping the cream, using baking soda instead of baking powder, or setting off the smoke detectors. The good news? We’re in good company — kitchen disasters happen to even the best chefs.

NPR interviewed three of our favorite chefs and authors about their worst kitchen nightmares. Ruth Reichl shares a story from a dinner party early in her cooking career, Jacques Pépin fills us in on what happens when you bake a soufflé at 725°F, and Pati Jinich proves to be a master improviser in the kitchen.

We actually feel a little better about our own kitchen prowess after reading these stories.