Mother’s Day is a celebration of all the great things moms do for us, but here at First We Feast, we wanted to give a special shout out to one of most essential aspects of the maternal playbook: cooking.

Of course, everyone says their mom and grandma make the best roast chicken, chocolate cake, marinara sauce, curry, biscuits, or [insert your family favorite here]. Most of us are happy to just eat these dishes whenever we get a chance. But some big-name chefs have taken that inspiration and done something with it, incorporating homages (or even exact recipes) into their restaurants, or drawing on the lessons they learned in their childhood kitchen to inform their menus.

Throughout our “10 Dishes That Made My Career” series, moms have come up frequently. Here, seven chefs share stories about awesome moms and the childhood dishes that helped shape them as cooks.