"I don't eat Halloween candy," says pastry chef Francois Payard. Read on for more from Payard and other culinary pros.
In honor of Halloween, we asked 17 chefs and bartenders to tell us their favorite candy and what they'll be dressing up as this year. KitKats and Candy Corn appear to be favorites among these culinary professionals, and we think you'll find their costumes both creative and amusing.
Luke Venner, executive chef, BLT Fish
Candy: Haribo Gummi Bears
Costume: Guy Fieri
Dominic Venegas, mixologist, The Winslow
Candy: Pez and Cadbury's Screme Eggs
Costume: "Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's baby, North West."
Michael Ferraro, executive chef and partner, Delicatessen and macbar
Candy: "Snickers. It’s the perfect balance of sweet and salty.”
Costume: Zombie butcher
John Avila, chef and pit-master, Morgan's Barbecue
Candy: “Candy and caramel apples!”
Costume: "I am trying to finish my cowboy costume now. I have the boots, the shirt, and the hat. Hoping to get my belt and buckle in the morning."
Shaun Hergatt, chef, Juni
Candy: "Candy Corn, because it’s foreign to me, as I’m a native Aussie."
Costume: "Death. I’ll wear a black robe."
Michele Weber, pastry chef, Good Enough to Eat
Candy: "Baby Ruth! I give out whole one's to all my customers."
Costume: "I'm going as a slab of bacon because we cook so much at Good Enough to Eat."
Michael Armstrong, executive chef, Dream Downtown
Candy: "Candy Corns! I can eat a whole bag in one sitting."
Costume: "I’m working, so I like to dress up as a dishwasher with the checkered pants and vinyl apron."
Huascar Aquino, pastry chef and owner, H Bake Shop
Candy: Tootsie Roll
Costume: Cupcake baker
Ben Spiegel, executive chef, SKÁL
Candy: "Caramel apples, because it’s like playing Russian roulette. Every year I think this will be the day I bite into one with a razor blade. On a lighter note, I also like candy corn."
Costume: "My girlfriend is still figuring out what costumes we should both be. I think she wants to be Annie Hall and for me to go as Woody Allen."
Seadon Shouse, executive Chef, Millesime at the Carlton Hotel.
Candy: "Can’t go wrong with a KitKat. I love the smaller ones that have two wafers instead of four."
Costume: 1920s gangster bank robber
John Greeley, executive chef, '21' Club Candy: Almond Joy Costume: Mr. T
Fernanda Capobianco, founder, Vegan Divas Candy: "I don't eat sugar candy, but I enjoy vegan licorice for Halloween." Costume: "The SWAT girl! My Brazilian friend offered me a wonderful costume with original SWAT cap and hand cuffs."
Francois Payard, chef and owner, Payard Candy: "I don't eat Halloween candy, but if I had to choose something it would be good quality dark chocolate." Costume: "I will not be dressing up this year as I will be in the British Virgin Islands for the food and wine festival, so I will be dressing up as a chef while I spend the day in the kitchen preparing for a four-course dinner for 60!"