The Top Chef all-star takes a break from launching his Marquee Grill in Dallas to tell F&W's Kate Krader about his passion for Muscle Milk and his weakness for Hooters fried chicken wings.
Muscle Milk

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1. Protein Shake

"I'm a big Muscle Milk guy: I drink 10 to 12 a week. It comes down to finding the right flavor. My wife, Robbie, likes chocolate—yuck. I prefer vanilla or cookies-and-cream."

2. Spice-Rubbed Chicken Thighs

"I grew up on chicken thighs. These days I season them with crushed red pepper and star anise and braise them in a sauce with tomatoes and red wine."

3. Lil Wayne

"I love Lil Wayne; I think his music is just great. He's young, and his message to people is, 'Own it, focus on it.' A typical line from one of his songs is 'Life is a beach, I'm just playin' in the sand.'"

4. Currency

"My wife and I collect money from all of our trips. I especially like Argentina's. There's so much going on: buildings, sculptures, words, portraits, and all the bills are very colorful. Why don't we have pink and blue money in the US?"

5. Car

"I am a freak about my car, a 2008 Nissan Altima Coupe. It's decked out with zero-rated tires, some tight twenties [rims] and, of course, a jamming stereo system."

6. Dallas Cowboys

"I've cooked for [All-Pro linebacker] DeMarcus Ware. He's big into meat, so I made him an eight-bone loin of lamb. And that was just one of his meat courses."

7. Jeans

"I'm all about Lucky Brand because of the stretch they have. They glove you."

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8. Up

"That's the only movie that ever made me cry. The main character sits in his chair and misses his dead wife. I realized I don't want to grow old without Robbie."

9. Hooters Wings

"If I don't make my own fried chicken, I trust Hooters wings—no sauce, just plain. I can take down 50 of them when I'm rewarding myself."

10. Jump Ropes

"They are a key piece of workout equipment for keeping your agility up and your legs looking good—no one likes to have chicken legs."