Food & dining

Chefs’ favorite childhood snacks

Wink & Nod in the South End.
Wink & Nod in the South End.

They might command high-end kitchens now, but their tastes weren’t always sophisticated.

Matt Cunningham of the Sinclair:

“I hate to say it, but I loved Lay’s potato chips and French onion dip.”

John Fitzgerald of Bostonia Public House:

“There’s still never a bad time for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.”

Will Gilson of Puritan & Company:


“Mozzarella sticks — fresh from the freezer!”

Barry Maiden of State Park:

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“Pimento cheese on saltines.”

Suzi Maitland of Audubon:

“Lucky Charms. It was big in the 1980s.”

Deena Marlette of Eastern Standard:

“Spicy, smoky bar nuts.”

Michael Scelfo of Alden & Harlow:

“A bologna sandwich on white bread with crushed potato chips and Hellmann’s mayonnaise. Does that count as a snack?”