Those mouthwatering photos fronting the food magazines every month are the result of test-kitchen chefs who brave sharp knives, spatters of grease—and eating themselves sick—to come up with the picture-perfect concoction. Here, three culinary geniuses replicate the dishes gracing their current covers. While television cooking shows serve principally to entertain, the challenge for the magazine chef is to create meals that not only jump off the page but can actually be whipped up by the typical reader—be it an elegant arrangement of greens or a decadent platter of fried chicken. Dig in.
Photos: Steven Freeman