Here’s What Chefs Are Cooking And Eating On Fat Tuesday


Fat Tuesday, which is the French translation of Mardi Gras, is something of a last hurrah. There’s partying. There’s drinking. And there’s lots of eating.

For those who observe Lent (as well as those who are looking for any excuse to stuff their faces), today represents a big opportunity to indulge. Whether you're going with pancakes or po’ boys, donuts or drinks, there’s only one rule on Fat Tuesday: More is more. And, if possible, make sure King Cake is involved.

Chefs across the country haven taken to Instagram to show the world how they’re celebrating this day of gluttony, and we're feeling the holiday cheer. It's a Mardi Pardi!

Gail Simmons is celebrating from afar with King Cake.

We couldn't get to #NOLA for #mardigras but somehow, as if by magic, Mardi Gras came to us. Thank you @chefsuez and #fombakery! Of course we all went crazy for this magnificent #kingcake. Baby D was mesmerized ????????????????????????????

A post shared by Gail Simmons (@gailsimmonseats) on Feb 12, 2018 at 1:42pm PST

Justin Beckett is cooking up a Jambalaya special all day.

Mardi Gras special - Jambalaya ALL day on Fat Tuesday! Join the party! #southernrailaz @chefbeckettaz #mardigras #fattuesday #jambalaya #cenpho

A post shared by Chef Justin Beckett (@southernrailaz) on Feb 12, 2018 at 7:58pm PST

Jamie Oliver is making ALLLLL the pancakes.

Whether you like your pancakes thick, thin, fluffy, crisp, fruity, savoury, I've more than got you covered with the perfect pancake recipe for you this #PancakeDay. I've got 5 kids all with different tastes so I'll be making a variety! Hit the link in my bio for recipe inspiration!

A post shared by Jamie Oliver (@jamieoliver) on Feb 13, 2018 at 8:57am PST

Amy Le puts an Italian spin on traditional Polish paczki by adding in some Nutella.

Mardi Gras, Carnival, Paczki! ????????Add us to your list of last minute indulgences with our mini Nutella Doughnut Bites! ???? #FatTuesday

A post shared by Spotted Monkey (@spottedmonkeyeatery) on Feb 13, 2018 at 10:14am PST

Alex Carbonell knows how to get festive with green pancakes.

It’s Mardi Gras, y’all! Come in and get yourself a special pancake (it’s tradition to eat them all day & night... it’s Pancake Day, man, let’s celebrate!)????????????

A post shared by Bourbon & Branch (@bourbonandbranch) on Feb 13, 2018 at 10:20am PST

Troy Gagliardo is offering a medley of Mardi Gras-themed food and drinks.

It’s Fat Tuesday! Stop by all day today for $7 Hurricanes, Themed Dinner Specials, Party Beads Kids Eat Free, 2 for 1 Cajun Shrimp and Authentic Kings Cake! Let the good times roll! #mardigras #fattuesday

A post shared by WU's Cajun Sea Food (@wuscajunseafood) on Feb 13, 2018 at 9:05am PST

Coleen Speaks cooks up red beans and rice at her neighborhood bar.

$5 Red beans and rice dinner special tonight! #redbeansandrice #raleigh #mondayfunday

A post shared by Hummingbird (@hummingbirdral) on Feb 12, 2018 at 9:57am PST

Gordon Ramsay knows how to flip 'em.

#FlippingHell they've done it again.... check out what @gordonramsayrestaurants in London have got on for tomorrow ! See my Stories for more Pancake Day inspiration and my favourite recipe, of course ! @mazerestaurant @heddonstkitchen @breadstkitchen @londonhousesw11

A post shared by Gordon Ramsay (@gordongram) on Feb 12, 2018 at 3:33am PST

John Delpha is turning his weekly #TikiTuesdays into an oyster 'po boy and hurricane cocktail feast.

#TikiTuesday is taking on a #MardiGras theme with Oyster ‘Po Boys & Hurricane Cocktails! ????????????????????

A post shared by Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar (@rosebudkitchen) on Feb 13, 2018 at 2:34pm PST

Though this Instagram isn't necessarily about food, we couldn't not include it. Good luck on your quest for chicken, Anthony Bourdain.

The Quest for Chicken #Mamou #MardiGras

A post shared by anthonybourdain (@anthonybourdain) on Feb 13, 2018 at 2:27pm PST

If you're looking to make your own Fat Tuesday feast, check out our recipes and tips here, including how to make incredible cornbread, where to find the best cocktails in New Orleans and a guide to shucking oysters at home.

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