Licorice is the Black Magic Ingredient these Pastry Chefs Have Been Looking For

Michael Harlan Turkell

After a decade and a half of watching contestants using every ingredient under the sun, Gail Simmons, the long-standing judge of Top Chef, is surprised black licorice has never been incorporated into a dessert. Since working on the show, Simmons and co-host Tom Colicchio, another licorice fiend, have always kept black licorice on the craft service table, and while taping in Tuscany for season 17, the two went to...