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8 Professional Chefs on the Groceries They Always Buy at Costco


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Because we’re always on the lookout for the best Costco buys, we asked a few chefs to wax poetic about their favorite Costco purchases. Here are a few things that are always in these chefs’ Costco carts.

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Kirkland Signature Macadamia Nuts

“I always go to Costco to pick up Kirkland Signature macadamia nuts because they are usually tough to find in other grocery stores and can be really expensive.” — Maneet Chauhan, Chopped judge and owner of Chauhan Ale & Masala House

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Kirkland Signature Olive Oil

“I love Costco’s olive oil. It’s made in Italy and is super delicious and super inexpensive. It’s really clean of impurities and it tastes really good.” — Samin Nosrat, host and author of Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat.

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Kirkland Signature Sea Scallops

“The frozen scallops are amazing — huge, killer flavor, great texture, and you keep them in the freezer so you just pull them as needed. You would hardly know they were frozen.” —Amy Alarcon, Head Chef at Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen

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Kerrygold Pure Irish Butter

“While testing recipes, I go through large quantities of certain ingredients on a weekly basis and Costco gives me the option to get them in large quantities.” — Nik Sharma, blogger behind A Brown Table and author of Season

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Inno Foods Organic Coconut Clusters

“I love to find healthy snacks in bulk from Costco. The Organic Cashew Coconut Clusters that are packed with nutrient-dense pumpkin, sunflower, and chia seeds.” — Thumbtack Chef Niko Paranomos and Vegan Caterer at Naturally Niko

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Kirkland Signature Peanut Butter Filled Pretzel Nuggets

“One of my favorite things to buy is their tub of peanut butter-filled pretzels. They are so good, I eat them by the pound.” — Donald Moore, Chief Culinary Officer at The Cheesecake Factory Incorporated

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Rotisserie Chicken

“When I go to Costco with my family, we always get one of their rotisserie chickens. It’s not the best, but good chicken, cheap, and well-seasoned.” — Dieter Samijn, Executive Chef at Bar Boulud

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Kirkland Signature Super Extra Large Peanuts

“These never get stale (not that they last that long in my house — and the salt balance is very good. In all the years I’ve been buying these, I’ve never had a single bad nut!” — Floyd Cardoz, winner of Top Chef Masters Season 3

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