‘Ask An Expert’ gives you the inside scoop on products that Black women professionals in every arena from food to fashion to finance can’t stop raving about. Whether it’s the kitchen, the closet, the beauty cabinet or the office, you’ll get an inside look at the must-haves experts are actually using in their everyday lives.
Name: Leslie Antonoff
Claim To Fame: Host of Aspire TV’s Butter + Brown
Follow Her Here: @hautemommie
If you don’t know Leslie Antonoff that’ll probably change soon. The renaissance woman has her hand in quite a few pots and we want in on all the goodness she’s cooking up!
In addition to running her blog The Haute Mommie and selling dope HBCU gear with Sweet Knowledge Clothing, this jet-setter is the creator and host of Aspire TV’s Butter + BROWN where she and her co-host Seth Brundle create mouth-watering dishes that deliver an elevated twist on classics.
We had a chance to pick this top-notch chef’s brain on the products she uses in her own kitchen and she did not disappoint.
From ‘grown-up’ pots and pants to the salt you didn’t know you needed, here are her top picks!
Maldon Flaky Sea Salt
"No matter what I’m cooking this salt will be in it. I love the flavor of Maldon’s, the texture, and the look. It compliments every dish I make from savory to sweet. I usually grab a box or two at a time and keep it on my counter in my wooden saltbox. The best part is that they have a smoked version as well. It’s my go-to in lieu of kosher salt. I love it!"
Wüsthof Classic 2-Piece Hollow-Edge Chef's Knife Set
"Knives change everything. Prepping is such a huge component of cooking and having quality knives is key. That one paring knife and dull chef’s knife you’ve been holding onto since you first moved out on your own ain’t it. Haha, trust me. I’ve got a couple of wounds to prove it. This set of knives are well made and affordable plus great for the home cook. I’m a fan of buying a set with a chef’s knife, santoku, paring, and steak knives then add as you go with the others. And SHARPEN OFTEN!"
Nordic Ware Natural Aluminum Commercial Baker's Quarter Sheet, 2-Pack
"I love quarter-sized baking sheets from everything to spatchcocked chickens to roasting veggies and making bacon. It’s a great size to fit more than two things in the oven at once, plus they fit in the dishwasher easily. Large baking sheets are cool but 1/4 and up to 1/2 size are where it’s at for me. These Nordic Ware natural aluminum’s are a great pick."
All-Clad D3 Stainless Professional Grade 10-Piece Cookware Set
"So I’ve been there where buying any old pan for your kitchen would do, but now in my big girl years, I had to get some grown lady cookware. I have had a dream of outfitting my kitchen with all copper cookware but until I get my dream kitchen, I opted for All-Clad stainless steel. These pans can handle ANYTHING. If you’re going to start investing in your kitchen - good pans are where to begin. It is an investment but certainly worth every penny."