WIKILEAKS: John Podesta’s ‘Risotto Secrets’ Revealed to the World

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By Emily Zanotti | 10:57 am, October 12, 2016

Wikileaks has released thousands of John Podesta’s emails, leading to an incredible series of revelations about the inner workings of the Hillary Clinton campaign, the candidate herself, and even Podesta’s personal preferences (and predilection for UFO research).

They also featured Podesta’s secret for making creamy risotto: adding the broth to the rice a small bit at a time.


Of course, any Top Chef contestant will tell you that this simple technique isn’t nearly enough to guarantee a nice “spread” from your rice when you put it on the plate. Risotto is an art and a science, and even the best chefs routinely get it wrong. “You can’t rush risotto” is a culinary maxim, but even Podesta may be oversimplifying.

Some Internet chefs immediately took him to task.

Stirring technique and pan depth are more key to riostto perfection, it seems, than mere broth rationing—and the most accomplished chefs use rice from either Arborio or Carnaroli.