We challenged chefs of three different skill levels – amateur John, home cook Daniel, and professional chef Saúl Montiel from Cantina Rooftop – to make us their best caesar salad. Once each level of chef had presented their creations, we asked expert food scientist Rose to explain the choices each made along the way. Which caesar salad makes you want to ask “Et tu, crouton?”
Looking for John on Insta? @johndlopresto
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Keep up with chef Saúl on Instagram @chefsaulmontiel and @CantinaRooftop
Rose is on Instagram at @rosemarytrout_foodscience
Director: Chris Principe
Editor: Manolo Moreno
Level 1 – John LoPresto
Level 2 – Daniel Victor
Level 3 – Saul Montiel
Director of Culinary Production: Kelly Janke
Producer: Tyre Nobles
Associate Producer: Sam Ghee
Culinary Producer: Jessica Do
Culinary Associate Producer: Katrina Zito
Line Producer: Jennifer McGinity
Production Manager: Janine Dispensa
Production Coordinator: Elizabeth Hymes
Director of Photography: Jeremy Harris
Camera Operator: Lucas Young
Audio: Rachel Suffian
Production Assistant: Rafael Vasquez
Post Production Supervisor: Andrea Farr
Post Production Coordinator: Scout Alter
Supervising Editor: Eduardo Araújo
Assistant Editor: Billy Ward
Graphics Supervisor: Ross Rackin
Graphics, Animation, VFX: Léa Kichler
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Chef Saul loves his crispy cheese 😄😄
Hey his video is very good I like it ❤do you all like his video ?
Not a very salad guy but Saul is all in for this dish! Love his cooking style!
Even though John is not an experienced cook, but he's sweet and adorable. But, no, my darling – it does not take an hour to make the dressing. (When my friend came to dinner. He said he didn't like anchovies, so he was glad the Caesar salad didn't have any. But guess what, my friend….).
Daniel was very lazy with those croutons. I make them 1/4 the size so they roast faster and more evenly and also have a better mouth feel as the bigger ones can hurt the mouths of many people. But I am glad to see our vegan fellows getting some attention.
I would actually take a mix of the 3, especially that avacado dressing.
i’m so happy saul used garbanzo beans! i always add them to my salads 🥰
Saúl: I want the salad to feel comfortable
Me: We need to protect this man at all costs
F*ING Vegans 😂
toasted garbanzo beans are AWFUL!!!!
I do NOT need grilled lettuce, thanks.
John had this on the wrong day in his calendar lol
omg. i’ve been waiting for chef sauls return !
The vegan is all in on the lardons?
Love how none of them actually made a Caesar Salad
Caeser salad was invited in Mexico DF, so I'm glad Saul is on the show xD
Isn't there no such thing as vegan parm?
Saul's salad is too pretty I probably wouldn't have eaten it or at least it's going on my IG first
I LOVE SAUL
2 anchovies went there by accident 😂😂😂😂😂
Who doesnt like chef Saul ❤
I’m convinced Saul has a comedy script for each of his recipes cause 😂😂😂😂
Caesar salad, yayy my absolute favourite 😍😍
I love John! I can watch an entire show with him just cooking easy dishes in the most calming and easy way <3
i'd eat all of these
If you want to see Frank's version he has it up on his channel protocooks it's the best and close to classic.
I honestly love the taste of grilled lettuce, especially when it's done well.
Daniel eating croutons is the perfect sound bite
I love rice and potato starch in wedged form.
John no effort at all
I love when Daniel said Pepitas!!
YUMMY recipes! Thank you guys for sharing! Have fun and good luck! ☀️
Good jobs, but that yellow mustard! Nooooooooo!
Saúl es mi favorito!
i’ve been making a version of caesar dressing using greek yogurt, fish sauce, lemon, garlic (fresh or roasted depending on my mood), parmesan, pepper, olive oil, etc.
I love that Daniel shows a plantbased version. Hope, he will show up more often for more tasty plantbased alternatives
While I totally get that add-ons were kind of a prerequisite for this exercise, I think a good classic Caesar salad is just such a complete and done thing that doesn't need more doing, in the wild. There's a Pantheon of salads, and Caesar is in it. Done right, it's done, dig?
And we do see a lot of grilled chicken on menus franchise and domestic, but that's mealifying a non-meal. That's "what if a Caesar salad could be a whole meal on its own?" It can't. Let's have a Caesar salad and then a separately prepared protein next to it. I'm not saying it's not OK to make a grilled chicken Caesar salad. Eating is life. Eating is practical. Eating is what works to keep you alive. I'm only talking about savoring here. It is a privileged experience. If your desire and your means align at savoring a Caesar salad, then skip the add-ons, because it's already all there. Otherwise it's like trying to experience a proper Italian coldcut sub/grinder/sammy/hoagie by making it completely by the books and then dipping it in tomato soup. It doesn't need that, you know?
(And of course my last point implies a Pantheon of sandwiches. Of course there's one of those. It's even more diverse than the salad one. There are so many essential sandwiches.)
1 and 3 looked delicious. Leave the vegan boy out, no interest in that for me please….
i love this pro chef. he is a guy who enjoys food! both making it and eating it. love the vibe. i bet everything he makes is top notch. !!!!!
(Uncle Roger voice)
Haiyaa Muppet Nephew, are you trying to get Uncle Title wearing orange polo? You know you won't become "Uncle Muppet" by making vegan salad……
Happy Ides of March!!!! 🔪🗡️🔪🔪🗡️🔪🗡️
daniel trying so hard to impress ✨kayla✨
“oops two anchovies went there by accident” – Saul is as always the OG Chef 😄
THANK YOU ROSE
This is not an ad for for a shower gel, or a device to wash myself.
So Saul has been a chef longer than My existence 😭😭
What no blackberries?
11:33 I want that 🤤