Where 8 of Your Favorite Food Network Stars Are Now

No matter how many new TV cooking competition shows and revamped Saturday-morning lineups we’re exposed to, we’ll always have a special place in our hearts for Food Network’s oldest stars. They’re the pioneering personalities who taught us how to hold a knife and that sometimes life is just too short to say “extra-virgin olive oil” in its entirety.

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Their earliest shows might be off the air, but that doesn’t mean these celebrity chefs haven’t been keeping busy. Here’s what eight of our favorite original Food Network superstars have been up to over the years.

① Masaharu Morimoto

It seems like ages since he first graced our screens on Iron Chef (and later Iron Chef America), but reality cooking competitions represent just one notch of Morimoto’s impressive résumé. His ever-expanding portfolio of restaurants now includes 13 spots, the latest being NYC’s Momosan Ramen & Sake, which opened early last year. If you can’t experience any of his cuisine in person, you can recreate it at home with his latest book, Mastering the Art of Japanese Home Cooking. And, thankfully, we’ll all be able to witness his masterful techniques once more when Iron Chef Gauntlet returns later this year.

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② Sara Moulton

Her soothing voice might have left Food Network’s lineup in 2007, but those—OK, all—of us who miss Moulton’s sagely wisdom can soak it up via her multiple James Beard Award-nominated PBS show, Sara’s Weeknight Meals; her weekly Associated Press column, “Kitchen Wise;” or her latest cookbook, Sara Moulton’s Home Cooking 101.

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③ Bobby Flay

It’s hard to believe Hot off the Grill premiered all the way back in 1998, but with a vast library of other projects over the past nine years, including Boy Meets Grill, Throwdown and Beat Bobby Flay, this perennial Food Network celeb doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. When he’s not prepping for his return to Iron Chef’s Kitchen Stadium, Flay somehow finds time to manage his six restaurants, including Bobby’s Burger Palace, which has 11 locations around the country. Oh—and he never forgets to cook a special dinner for Nacho, his beloved feline companion.

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④ Emeril Lagasse

Food Network’s most famous face since the early 2000s, Lagasse had rapt foodies across America gleefully shouting “Bam!” on a daily basis. And even though the last taping of Emeril Live happened a full 10 years (!) ago, the New Orleans-based chef is still kicking, joining the Top Chef judging panel for four seasons, hosting the fifth season of the Cooking Channel’s Emeril’s Florida and maintaining his ever-expanding group of 13 restaurants around the country.

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⑤ Duff Goldman

The show that forever ruined your mom’s homemade birthday cakes, Ace of Cakes may have ended its run in 2011, but that doesn’t mean the Charm City Cakes owner still isn’t buried in fondant and buttercream frosting. You can currently find him judging the pastry chops of rookie cake bakers on Kids Baking Championship. And when he’s not hanging out at Charm City’s L.A. location or writing best-selling cookbooks, Goldman spends his free time as the bass player for the alternative rock band Foie Grock.

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⑥ Ming Tsai

One of the first people to bring Asian cuisine into the home-cooking spotlight, Tsai opened his second restaurant, Boston’s Blue Dragon, named one of the Best New Restaurants of 2013 by Esquire, to great acclaim. In between supporting numerous charities (including the Ment’or Foundation), his James Beard- and Emmy-nominated cooking show, Simply Ming, is now in its 14th season on PBS, where he shares the master recipes and techniques he’s learned throughout the

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⑦ Alton Brown

Fans across the country entered into a state of collective mourning when Good Eats’ final episode aired in 2012. And while we’ve managed to get our fix with a combination of Cutthroat Kitchen; Brown’s latest book, EveryDayCook; and tracking his favorite coffee shops around the country on social media, nothing will ever fill the hole left by his original show’s departure . . . except its comeback.

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⑧ Rachael Ray

Since introducing “EVOO,” “sammies” and “yum-O” to the masses, this on-screen hot shot has published 27 cookbooks; earned 11 Emmy noms (and won three of them) for her daytime talk show, The Rachael Ray Show; and launched her own magazine. Oh, and she even has time to coach less-than-stellar home chefs on Food Network’s Worst Cooks in America. Her nonprofit organization—named Yum-O, of course—provides families with resources to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking.

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Here Is the Full List of James Beard Awards 2019 Winners

Weeks after the James Beard Foundation announced the year’s slate of chef and restaurant finalists, the results are in. At a ceremony in Chicago, chefs, restaurateurs, and other hospitality world insiders gathered for what are considered by many to be the most prestigious awards in American hospitality.

Last year marked a notable shift towards a more diverse restaurant awards, and this year the foundation’s commitment to more equitable awards was also reflected in the makeup of the winners. Mashama Bailey, nominated the second time for Best Chef: Southeast for Savannah restaurant the Grey, won that award this year. Kwame Onwuachi, chef of Kith/Kin and author of memoir Notes From a Young Black Chef, took home the Rising Star Chef award. In his acceptance speech, he commented he was fulfilling “my ancestors’ wildest dreams.” Plus, Young Joni chef Ann Kim took home the award for Best Chef: Midwest, Via Carota’s Jody Williams and Rita Sodi won for Best Chef: New York, and Willa Jean’s Kelly Fields is the year’s Outstanding Pastry Chef.

It was also a big night for Chicago: the winners for Outstanding Restaurateur, Outstanding Baker, and Outstanding Restaurant Design (76 Seats and Over) all hail from the awards’ host city. Straight ahead, find out who else walked away a winner.

2019 James Beard Award Chef and Restaurant Winners

Outstanding Chef

Ashley Christensen (Poole’s Diner, Raleigh, NC)

Outstanding Restaurant

Zahav, Philadelphia

Outstanding Restaurateur

Rob Katz and Kevin Boehm, Boka Restaurant Group, Chicago (Boka, Girl & the Goat, Momotaro, and others)

Outstanding Service

Frasca Food and Wine, Boulder, CO

Best New Restaurant

Frenchette, NYC

Best Chef: New York City

Jody Williams and Rita Sodi (Via Carota)

Best Chef: Southwest (AZ, CO, NM, OK, TX, UT)

Charleen Badman (FnB, Scottsdale, AZ)

Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic (D.C., DE, MD, NJ, PA, VA)

Tom Cunanan (Bad Saint, Washington, D.C.)

Best Chef: South (AL, AR, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, FL, LA, MS)

Vishwesh Bhatt (Snackbar, Oxford, MS)

Best Chef: Southeast (GA, KY, NC, SC, TN, WV)

Mashama Bailey (The Grey, Savannah, GA)

Best Chef: West (CA, HI, NV)

Michael Cimarusti (Providence, Los Angeles)

Best Chef: Great Lakes (IL, IN, MI, OH)

Beverly Kim and Johnny Clark (Parachute, Chicago)

Best Chef: Northwest (AK, ID, MT, OR, WA, WY)

Brady Williams (Canlis, Seattle)

Best Chef: Northeast (CT, MA, ME, NH, NY State, RI, VT)

Tony Messina (Uni, Boston)

Best Chef: Midwest (IA, KS, MN, MO, NE, ND, SD, WI)

Ann Kim (Young Joni, Minneapolis)

Other Eating & Drinking Places

Schwartz and Architecture (S^A), El Pípila (San Francisco)

Outstanding Restaurant Design – 76 Seats and Over

Parts and Labor Design, Pacific Standard Time (Chicago)

Outstanding Restaurant Design – 75 Seats and Under

Studio Writers, Atomix (NYC)

Outstanding Wine Program

Benu, San Francisco

Outstanding Bar Program

Bar Agricole, San Francisco

Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Producer

Rob Tod (Allagash Brewing Company, Portland, ME)

Outstanding Pastry Chef

Kelly Fields (Willa Jean, New Orleans)

Outstanding Baker

Greg Wade (Publican Quality Bread, Chicago)

Rising Star Chef of the Year

Kwame Onwuachi (Kith/Kin, Washington D.C.)

The following wins were previously announced:

America’s Classics

  • Pho 79, Garden Grove, California
  • Jim’s Steak & Spaghetti House, Huntington, West Virginia
  • A&A Bake & Double and Roti Shop, Brooklyn, New York
  • Sehnert’s Bakery & Bieroc Cafe, McCook, Nebraska
  • Annie’s Paramount Steakhouse, Washington, D.C.

2019 Restaurant Design Icon

Canlis, Seattle, Washington

2019 James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year

The Giving Kitchen

2019 James Beard Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award

Patrick O’Connell

The Media Awards took place on April 26, read the full winners list here.

Disclosure: Some Vox Media staff members are part of the voting body for the James Beard Foundation Awards.

Chef Lisa Dahl earns ‘Best Chefs of America Hall of Fame Award’

Executive Chef and restaurateur Lisa Dahl was honored this week as the first-ever recipient of the “Best Chefs of America Hall of Fame Award” by National Elite, an invitation-only, membership-based culinary organization that supports the best restaurants, chefs and restaurateurs across the country.

Based in New York City, National Elite gives members direct access to a national forum for networking, education, philanthropy and marketing benefits as well supports innovation efforts within the restaurant industry. The organization also holds annual award opportunities that showcase the top chefs and restaurants that deliver exquisite menus and a truly one-of-a-kind culinary experience for guests. The 2019 awards nomination process was open to the public and winners were chosen by a panel of industry influencers comprised of established food critics and tasting judges, organized by National Elite. As the top honor awarded, the “Best Chefs of America Hall of Fame Award” recognizes first-class executive chefs and successful restaurateurs that have the finest skills and unparalleled dedication to their craft.

“This year, we considered a number of legendary restaurants, top chefs and renowned restaurateurs that are among the best in the culinary industry and Chef Dahl stood out to us above the others as we feel she truly embodies the next level of excellence our organization stands for,” said Jack Tien, CEO of National Elite. “We look forward to honoring and spotlighting her life-long achievements with the Best Chefs of America Hall of Fame Award.”

As one of the country’s leading female chefs and restaurateurs, Dahl is a self-taught, James Beard House-featured chef who is widely credited for Sedona’s recent emergence as a national “foodie destination.” Dahl introduced fine dining to Sedona more than 20 years ago and has since expanded to become the largest restaurant group in the area with Dahl & Di Luca Ristorante Italiano, Cucina Rustica, Pisa Lisa and Mariposa Latin Inspired Grill. Dahl also plans to open two new restaurants later this year, Butterfly Burger, a “couture burger lounge”, and a second Pisa Lisa location.

Today, Dahl Restaurant Group employs close to 250 people and welcomes nearly 400,000 guests annually across all four restaurants. Each of Dahl’s restaurants continue to garner prestigious recognition and accolades. Thirteen consecutive years of Wine Spectator awards decorate the walls of Cucina Rustica and Dahl and Di Luca.

“I am so deeply honored to have won the Best Chefs of America Hall of Fame Award that recognizes our outstanding cuisine across all four Dahl restaurants and the exceptional hospitality we provide our guests,” said Dahl. “As a female chef in a small, resort town, I’m so inspired to be recognized by a panel of nationally esteemed culinary professionals that I’ve looked up to throughout my career. To not only be the first chef in Arizona, but the first chef in the country, to win this national honor is something that I’m truly proud of and I look forward to celebrating this accomplishment with my team.”

Chef Dahl and her restaurants have been recently featured on The Food Network’s “Beat Bobby Flay”, Travel + Leisure,,, USA Today, The New York Times, Wine Spectator, Travel Channel’s “Food Paradise”, Huffington Post, and Marie Claire, and many others. Dahl is also best-selling cookbook author with The Elixir of Life in circulation worldwide and a new book in the works.

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The Best Chefs in America You’ve Never Heard Of

Wouldn’t the world be a better place if the celebrity chefs were able to go on television and, well, not act like television chefs? What if you could keep the talent and lose the irritating egomaniacal omnipotence and line of poorly made cookware?

The vivacious spirits that haunt FoodTV, Food Network, Cooking Channel and the like are usually born of some skill that landed them a TV gig. Foodies, cooks, kitchen leaders. Somewhere, though, many go awry. The talent that landed them under the hot lights and in front of the camera drifts away and we are left with marketing kitsch and fluff. What if the savvy that landed them the gig were still intact? Enter the pre-celebrity chef whom you have never heard of.

Why do these kitchen personalities matter? They bring heaping talent that is fame-worthy but has not yet been corrupted by the camera. They also bring to life the kitchen prowess that makes them great at what they do: perfection in pastry, detail-loaded dishes, culinary clout. There is a legion of cooking champions that deftly focus on the craft while the spotlight has yet a counterproductive shadow on their paths.

Let’s shine a light on 10 of America’s best non-celebrity celebrity chefs. These are the guys and girls of kitchens that bring the A-game but leave the annoying at the swinging door. What follows is a look at the chefs at the top of their game, respected by their peers, revered in culinary circles and, most importantly, have cooking heart without selling their souls to the TV devil.

Jim Berman is a Pittsburgh émigré living in Delaware. As the mid-Atlantic division chef with a food distribution company, Jim orchestrates new menus and conducts kitchen testing. Follow Jim on Twitter and Instagram.

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The 10 Hottest Contestants of “Top Chef”

by Louis Virtel 11/13/2012

Top Chef is currently cooking in rainy Seattle, but I’d like to offer some sunnier vistas: the ten hottest contestants in Top Chef history. We’ll have to save our Tom Colicchio/Rocco DiSpirito lust for another post.

In the meantime, take a look at these ten hotties, glare ominously into their eyes like an intrigued Padma Lakshmi, and fight with me in the comments about who should be ranked higher/lower/not at all.

10. Chris Crary (season nine)

You’re working with some kind of charm when you can place ninth and still garner the Fan Favorite award, and as you can see, Chris Crary of Top Chef: Texas was working with some fine pectoral charms. Too bad my vision of that season is tainted by weird, vaguely mean-seeming guest judge Pee Wee Herman.

9. Hung Hunyh (season three)

God, I love cockiness. Unabashed, ego-poppin’ cockiness. Hung Huynh was a hotshot the minute that season three began, and he rode that hot streak right to the finale (which was aired live from Chicago, for some reason). Look at that smirk. Bastard.

8. Marcel Vigneron (season two)

He was just a bit too bizarre and willing to rap (ugh), but Marcel Vigneron’s supermodel eyes and Ludwig von Koopa haircut are too unmistakable to pass up here.

7. Spike Mendelsohn (season four)

The “butternut squash” fight is one of the great alltime rumbles on Top Chef, and Spike came out of it looking awful. Except for the fact that he’s hot, and let’s not forget that.

6. Michael Voltaggio (season six)

In a way, I’m sorry to subject everyone to my love of cockiness, but there’s a reason the Voltaggio season of Top Chef won the Best Reality Competition Series Emmy: Those gents were compelling as hell, and hotness had something to do with it. Winner Michael Voltaggio’s nervy arm art is alone worthy of a spot on this list.

5. Fabio Viviani (season four)

Fabio surely ranks as a fan favorite even among fan favorites, and I’m psyched he’s a part of Life After Top Chef (along with Spike) because Bravo needs him to balance out their Italian-American representation. Teresa Giudice, your presence mandates this.

4. Dale Levitski (season three)

He was gay, adorable, a rightful all-star, a kickass Chicagoan and University of Iowa alum (which is relevant to me). He was cheeky and fun on both his seasons, but I admit I was never more jealous of him than when he dated Project Runway hunk Jack Mackenroth.

3. Bryan Voltaggio (season six)

The angst coming off of Bryan Voltaggio when he lost to his brother was palpable, and he channeled it all in those intense, deeply stoic eyes. He also happens to be Mattel prototype hot, and who doesn’t love a soupcon of that?

2. Tre Wilcox (season three)

Hell yes to this guy. He’s a somehow more-muscular version of the hottest Real World cast member of all time, Alton from the first Las Vegas season. His smile is as enormous as his biceps, and that’s always a libidinous combination in my book.

1. Sam Talbot (season two)

Accept no substitutes! Sam was and always will be the finest heterosexual crush ever to grace Bravo. He was even-keel, gorgeous, unassuming, and rugged. And just so damn huggable? Am I making that up? I’m going with it.

Hottest and Most Sexiest Top 10 chefs Female 2017

From 5-star restaurants to the hottest model shoot, you can see these Sexiest top 10 Chefs Female everywhere. These hottest female chefs scoured restaurants over the U.S. searching for the most elite. These chefs and chefs-turned-restaurateurs are skilled, eager, effective, and a la mode.

1. Giada De Laurentiis – Sexiest Female Top Chef Ever

Grant winning identity Giada De Laurentiis has turned into a commonly recognized name in culinary world. She is at top position among sexiest top 10 chefs female. With an extraordinary abilities, affable appeal, she is all-around loved superstar chef who keeps on demonstrating her expertise and openness not just with her extending nearness past Food Network additionally with the considerable accomplishment of her cookbooks, image collusions, nourishment items and repeating part on TODAY.

The sexiest most chef conceived in Rome, Giada experienced childhood in a vast Italian family where the way of life for food was a staple all by itself.

2. Chef Jenn – The Naked Chef (Highly Controversial Female Chef)

An Argentinian lady has turned into a sensation to post recordings of herself cooking while totally topless, which is no doubt risky, and bold. She gained massive fans ship in just few days. Jenn Stood second among the battle of hottest top 10 chefs female.

Jenn likes to cook while simply wearing her silky jeans and she covers her boobs with things that she is cooking which artfully prevents her getting band from YouTube for being excessively indecent.

The 24-year-old cook offers exceptionally basic “speedy and straightforward formulas” in the wake of choosing she needed to figure out how to get men into cooking.

Jenn offers her cooking lessons in Spanish, yet the dialect boundary hasn’t kept away the non-Spanish-talking. A huge number of new cooking fans from everywhere throughout the world need to comprehend what she’s doing with those avocados.

3. Catherine Mccords – Hottest Female Top 10 chefs in World

Catherine McCord makes you need to hang out in the kitchen. She is at third position among sexiest female top 10 chefs in world. Her kitchen isn’t spotless or perfect it’s a “working kitchen”- where many hands and loads of children assemble to make their most recent feast together.

Everybody makes a plunge, share obligations, and gives their information while tuning in to McCord divvy out fun goodies of astuteness on healthy sustenance and simple strategies. It’s motivating on the grounds that McCord juggles life (simply like you and me) – three children, a spouse.

4. Cat Cora – Hottest Female Chefs 2017

It’s nothing unexpected that Cat Cora has turned into a widely admired chef. She is the fourth hottest person among female top 10 chefs in world. Her culinary desires started at an early age, and by 15, she had built up a strategy for success for her own particular eatery.

In 2005, she made TV history on Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” as the first and final female Iron Chef, and in November 2006 Bon Appetit Magazine offered her with their Teacher of the Year Award, an honor she calls, “the best acknowledgment she could accomplish as a chef.” That month, she was additionally respected with another extraordinary culinary qualification when she was named Executive Chef of the magazine. From that point forward, Cora has kept on developing her art, turning into a refined creator, restaurateur, contributing editorial manager, humanitarian and TV shows.

5. Grayson Schmitz – Best Top 10 chefs Female

Chef Grayson Schmitz concentrates on Italian and French cooking styles. She is at fifth position among sexiest top 10 chefs female. She is a local of Wisconsin who moved on from The Culinary Institute of America in 2004. She has walked widely in Europe, searching out motivation, an affair that gives her a credible and perfect profile as best female chefs.

Schmitz has cooked in America’s most prestigious kitchens for more than 15 years, including Jean Georges, Fiamma (under Fabio Trabocchi), and Wallsé. Grayson is at present an independent Chef in New York City. Her administrations incorporate eatery menu outline, private occasion providing food, cooking classes, and corporate shows as top female chefs.

6. Padma Lakshmi – Hottest Model Chef

Name Padma Lakshmi is referred to universally as a food master, model and honor winning creator. Lakshmi has wrapped her eleventh season as a judge and the host of Bravo’s Emmy grant winning Top Chef. She is the sixth most hottest and sexiest chef among top 10 chefs female.

Lakshmi was conceived in India and experienced childhood in America. She moved on from Clark University with a Bachelors degree in Theater Arts and American Literature. Known as India’s first supermodel, she started her profession as a form show, working in Europe and the US.

Lakshmi worked as a host and judge on Bravo’s Top Chef which has as of late been granted an Emmy for Outstanding Reality Competition Show. Other TV credits incorporate co-facilitating Rai Television’s Domenica In, Italy’s most elevated evaluated program.

7. Nadia Giosia – Top 10 chefs Female Most Sexiest One

Nadia G. is the host of Food Network Canada’s and Cooking Channel’s comic drama cooking appear, “Bitchin’ Kitchen.” Every week she concocts a themed menu in light of life circumstances, for example, “Awe the In-Laws,” highlighted by a filet mignon with a maple balsamic lessening presented with cherry tomatoes and Parmesan potato croquettes.

Nadia G. was conceived in Montreal, Quebec. She’s of Italian plunge, which affects her cooking style. Both of her folks moved from Italy to Quebec in the 1950s. She is the seventh hottest and sexiest chef among top ten chefs female on earth.

Before she turned into a TV character, she did production satire. In 2007, “Bitchin’ Kitchen” got the attention of standard communicate media when it appeared as three moment versatile shows and was a tremendous achievement.

8. Dylan Lauren – Top 10 chefs Female

Dylan Lauren is something other than the originator of luxury brand Dylan’s Candy bar. She’s additionally a spouse and mother of twins booking quality time with guardians, kin, in-laws and even her embraced protect canine Jersey. She is an out-standing lady and very popular as top 10 chefs female on earth.

In 2001, Dylan Lauren spearheaded making the world’s biggest ice cream parlor emporium and way of life brand, Dylan’s Candy Bar. By consolidating the universes of craftsmanship, form and popular culture with treat, Dylan’s Candy Bar has enhanced the way we see sweet today. With a mission to stir the inventive soul and internal identity in everybody, Dylan’s Candy Bar encompasses clients with the most innovative, best in class stylistic layout and item blend.

9. Ani Phyo – Sexiest top 10 chefs Female 2017

Ani is the 2013 SoCal Gold Medalist in Powerlifting and is the world’s driving creator on detox, superfoods, health, and wellness. Now she is recognized as a popular and hottest top 10 chefs female for 2017. She has composed seven honor winning and top of the line books, including “Ani’s 15-Day Fat Blast”, “Ani’s Raw Food Essentials”, and “Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen,” granted “Best Vegetarian Cookbook USA” by Gourmand International.

She offers Mastery Raw Food and Detox Certification Courses to help individuals figure out how to make delectable food at home as well as for business while giving direction to understudies who wish to begin their own private venture in the health and common item classifications.

10. Rachael Ray – Dazzling Top 10 Chefs Female

Rachael Ray was conceived on August 25, 1968, in New York. She held a few employments in the nourishment business before her mark “30 Minute Meals” classes were given TV broadcast.

She went ahead to have a few Food Network appears, writer huge amounts of cookbooks, dispatch her own magazine, and begin a broadly syndicated television show, Rachael Ray, for which has been designated for numerous Daytime Emmy Awards since its debut and has brought home two. She is at last position of sexiest top 10 chefs female.

Conclusion about Sexiest Top 10 chefs Female 2017:

The universe of these Hottest Top 10 chefs female 2017 have gained and made place through the Food Network and other particular programming runways, made these chefs easily memorable. And keeping in mind that each of the sexiest female may not be the top chef on the globe, they are positive, brilliant in their work and the most alluring female chefs ever.

Seriously? OMG! WTF?

Each season of Hell’s Kitchen they normally have one or two good looking people, but this season they are all hot. Not only do they look good, they make for good television.
Although tonight at 8p on Fox, their good looks are good enough for the big screen. The Top 8 will travel to iconic Cinerama Dome to watch themselves on the screen there. Then when they are done, Gordon Ramsay has something cooked up for them.
It’s time for them to make him their signature dish. One person’s dish will leave a bad taste in his mouth way before he even tastes it. Some of the cooks will surprise him with what they put in front of him and others will leave him disgusted. After he takes his last bite, it’s time for him to pick a winning team.
Once the team it is chosen, they are given reward. When they get back from it, it is time for their first Hell’s Kitchen. One team will do phenomenology and the other won’t.
Will the winning team have as good of a service in the second episode that airs at 9p or after President Obama’s news conference depending on your time zone? You have to watch to find out.
That and to get to know Sterling Wright, who is Mr Wright for this show. You are going to love him and all of the contestants who make season 13 a very lucky one for this show.

Great food accompanied by a really sexy man is right up there on the hotness scale. Take note, men of India. Throw an apron on those abs. As for the ladies, we urge you to take a break from work and feast on these dishes. Light up your appetite with this scrumptious list. We bring to you our pick of the hottest chefs in the world.

Curtis Stone

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Australian celebrity chef Curtis Stone is known for his TV shows ‘Surfing The Menu,’ ‘Take Home Chef,’ and his appearances on ‘Top Chef Masters,’ ‘Masterchef,’ and many more. His restaurant Maude is named after his grandmother, who taught him how to cook.

Jamie Oliver

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Jamie Oliver strongly advocates the use of the freshest produce in food. His first TV show was the award winning ‘The Naked Chef,’ which was followed by many more television series. His book ‘Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals’ became the fastest selling non-fiction book in the world.

Akis Petretzikis

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Greek chef Akis Petretzikis won the first season of ‘MasterChef Greece’ and established a place for himself in the culinary world. Now, he has his own daily show in Greece and also shares recipes on his website and Instragram.

Paul Hollywood

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If there ever was a god of bakers, it would be Paul Hollywood. He has hosted several TV shows in the UK like ‘The Great British Bake Off’ and ‘Paul Hollywood’s Bread.’ Hollywood has also published two bestselling books on baking.

Vikas Khanna

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A beautiful Indian contribution to the list of scrumptious chefs, Vikas Khanna hosts the Indian version of ‘MasterChef.’ Based in New York, Vikas is a Michelin starred chef and food writer. Vikas Khanna grew up in Amritsar and learnt how to cook by watching his grandmother. Another superstar who got his cooking skills from his granny.

Gordon Ramsay

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This name strikes terror in the hearts of young chefs. Gordon Ramsay is known to be ruthless in his kitchens and he looks every bit the dashing devil. Hosting a show called ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ adds to Ramsay’s reputation.

Gino D’Acampo

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Gino D’Acampo is an Italian celebrity chef and has become one of the most popular chefs in the UK. His cheeky demeanour has been apparent in TV shows like ‘I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here’ and ‘Celebrity Juice.’

Giorgio Rapicavoli

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This 27-year-old hottie is Miami’s favourite chef. Giorgio Rapicavoli also makes regular appearances in TV shows in Italy and the US.

Marcus Samuelsson

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This Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised chef rose quickly in the culinary world when he moved to New York. He opened his first restaurant in 2010. Before that, he was the chef for US President Barack Obama’s state dinner with former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2009.

Luke Holden

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Luke Holden insists he’s not a chef, but he is known as the lobster king of New York and Maine. His lobster rolls are one of the most talked about dishes in New York and he’s expanding to other cities as well. The seafood lovers of India need Luke Holden to visit our shores.

Spike Mendelsohn

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Spike Mendelsohn made his television debut on ‘Top Chef: Chicago’ and has not looked back since. In 2009, he created a special burger for President Obama and in 2011, Obama visited his restaurant with his staff. Since Michelle Obama was a frequent visitor to his restaurant, he created a special dish for her too.

Alain Allegretti

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Alain Allegretti has developed his cooking styles in France and the US. His cooking reflects influences from Nice, his hometown. Allegretti recently shut down one of his restaurants but continues to focus on his other eateries in New York.

Guy Clark

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A former model and a finalist in ‘MasterChef South Africa,’ Guy Clark opened a restaurant in Delhi called Uzuri. His good looks and amazing food created quite a stir in Delhi when it opened in 2013.

Hayden Quinn

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This guy travels as much as he cooks. A contestant in ‘MasterChef Australia,’ Hayden Quinn is a qualified marine biologist and was a professional lifeguard for 9 years. Now, he writes cookbooks, does television shows, has opened a gym in Sydney and travels the world.

Ryan Scott

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Ryan Scott always knew he wanted to be a chef. He says his gifts at Christmas would be utensils and food appliances, not conventional toys. Now, he hosts two television shows and was also a contestant in ‘Top Chef.’

George Mendes

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An American chef of Portuguese descent, George Mendes has cooked in restaurants in France, Spain and the US. Now, he is the Executive Chef of Michelin starred restaurant Aldea in New York.

Sam Talbot

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Sicilian-American chef Sam Talbot was one of the semi-finalists in ‘Top Chef.’ Since he has diabetes, he decided to write a book titled ‘The Sweet Life: Diabetes without Boundaries,’ a cookbook for diabetics and a memoir. He has his own restaurant ‘The Surf Lodge’ in New York City.

Rocco DiSpirito

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Rocco Dispirito is an American chef based in New York City. This celebrity chef has appeared in a variety of public campaigns and television shows. Dispirito appeared as himself in detective series Castle and was a contestant on ‘Dancing with the Stars.’

Louis Maldonado

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Louis Maldonado and his team are known for partnering with farmers and sourcing fresh ingredients including specialty vegetables and livestock for their kitchen for every meal. He was also one of the finalists in ‘Top Chef.’

Michael Chernow

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Tattooed hottie Michael Chernow started working in the restaurant business when he was only 13 years old. He was a delivery boy, did bike runs and eventually became the youngest bartender at a pub in the Hamptons. In 2011, he opened the popular ‘Meatball Shop’ in New York City with his old friend Daniel Holzman.

David Rocco

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Canadian actor, producer, chef and writer David Rocco travels the world with his show ‘David Rocco’s Dolce Vita.’ He is the author of three cookbooks including two bestsellers. Rocco is regularly featured in magazines across the world.

Tyler Florence

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Celebrity chef Tyler Florence hosts several shows on American television. He has developed concepts for 3 restaurants but in 2009, he opened a chain of kitchen supply stores.

Ludo Lefebvre

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After training in France for 12 years, Ludo Lefebvre became a restaurateur, author and television personality in the US. He is known as the king of pop-ups after his dining concept ‘LudoBites’ became hugely popular across the country.

Johnny Iuzzini

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Forbes has recognised Johnny Iuzzini as one of the most influential pastry chefs in America. He was a judge on ‘Top Chef: Just Desserts’ and has appeared in several other TV shows like ‘The Food Network,’ ‘Martha Stewart,’ and ‘Good Morning America.’

David Bazirgan

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As the Executive Chef of a bar-centric restaurant in San Francisco, David Bazirgan introduced new American cuisine with Mediterranean influences to his patrons. He started his career in the restaurant business as a dishwasher but is now the most talked about chef in San Francisco.

Chuck Hughes

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Canadian chef Chuck Hughes owns two restaurants in Montreal and has several Canadian and American television shows in his kitty.

Marcel Vigneron

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Marcus Vigneron is best known as the runner-up of the second season of ‘Top Chef.’ Post ‘Top Chef,’ he started a television show which, unfortunately, didn’t last beyond six episodes. Vigneron has participated in several, more challenging culinary contests including ‘Iron Chef America’ and ‘Cutthroat Kitchen.’

Stuart O’Keeffe

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O’Keeffe says he has been a sous chef since the age of 7, when he would assist his mother and aunts in the kitchen. This American celebrity chef and author was also a brand ambassador for Tupperware and Asiana Airlines.

Nicholas Elmi

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In 2014, Nicholas Elmi found fame after winning ‘Top Chef.’ He says his career started when he would have to cook for his family every Thursday. He went on to slinging pizzas at a local restaurant. Now, Elmi owns a very popular restaurant in Philadelphia.

Ryan Angulo

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As the Executive Chef of Buttermilk Channel in New York. Ryan Angulo takes great pride in his farm-to-table dishes. Apart from his delicious food, he’s known for his smoldering looks and sense of humour in the kitchen.

If you’re not done drooling yet, may we suggest scrolling back to the top of this article and starting again?

Hell’s Kitchen is a cooking competition show hosted by famed chef, Gordon Ramsay. Each contestant is placed in a team, and they go head-to-head in challenges to win perks before the next competition (it’s pretty much a chance to get out of kitchen cleaning duty). Chef contestants who fail to prove themselves in the kitchen are voted off and sent home. The winner of the entire competition wins a chef job at one of Gordon’s coveted restaurants and a cash prize of $250,000.

As fun of a show it looks on paper, Hell’s Kitchen is hosted by Ramsay, who is one of the most qualified chefs in the world, which makes it hella intimidating. And to make the show even more entertaining, Ramsay is a man who enjoys cursing, and cursing often — his insults are hilariously painful, but these chefs can’t let them go to heart. Scroll below to find out 15 behind-the-scenes secrets of this glorious TV show that’s still going strong after 17 seasons.

15 Bodyguards Are Everywhere


A man like Gordon Ramsay isn’t just your average TV host. He’s a chef who also appears on food-based TV shows, has 18 open restaurants, 16 Michelin stars, and has made over $60-million in 2015. The man took his passion for cursing and cooking and rolled with it, becoming one of the most popular chefs in the world.

So when I hear something like Gordon having a slew of bodyguards around him, I’m not surprised. He’s a wanted man.

As many viewers of the show know, Gordon pushes these contestants’ buttons, and at times, they get sick of being yelled at and can get a little physical. This is where the bodyguards come in, not just to protect Ramsay, but because Fox isn’t down to see blood on screen.

14 Contestants Are Paid To Be On The Show


I don’t know if many people know this, but there are a ton of reality TV shows where contestant’s aren’t paid for being on the show. Sometimes the only person that sees the money is whoever wins the competition. They essentially quit their jobs and all their experience for one opportunity that they think they can win. (Those competing on The Bachelor do not get paid — nor are they stipend for all those damn gowns they have to buy.)

On the contrary, according to The Richest, contestants on Hell’s Kitchen are paid for leaving their life’s work while being on the show. Their paid a modest salary throughout the show, which is kind of touching since so many shows are cheap in that way. When you think about all the single parents who show up on Hell’s Kitchen, it’s nice knowing they’re not completely left dry from this experience.

13 The Interview Process To Be On The Show Is LONG


When I think if interviewing to be on a reality TV show, I think of recording myself, telling the camera my life story and why I want to be on the show. I would probably expect an arranged meeting and then that would be it. However, according to Sous Chef Ariel Malone—who appeared on the show in 2016—the application process is quite long.

“During the on-camera interview, the questions were more situational, like, ‘if you’re in the kitchen and somebody burns you, how do you respond?’ They want a sense of your personality—or if you’re a dead fish with no personality at all.”

Malone went on to add that entire process took 2-3 months of interviews until production figured she was right for the show. This, of course, means that the same time was spent on other contestants as well.

12 Ramsay Isn’t As Cruel As He Appears


When we’re watching Gordon on one of his TV shows (Hell’s Kitchen, Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, MasterChef, MasterChef Junior, and Hotel Hell), it’s easy to see the man is passionate about food. Not only food, but the entire food industry. He loves what he does and respects what he does. His passion, however, comes with a heated hot-head and a whole lot of curse words. If you’re messing up — gordon isn’t going to sugarcoat things, he’s gonna give it to ya straight. But is he really always a bad guy?

Former contestant Ariel Malone begs to differ. “Honestly, he’s a really nice guy. I like the mentorship he gives. It’s a no bull, ‘I expect the best from you’ style, and he’s actually really genuine and nurturing.” WHO would have thought!?

11 Some Of The Contestants Get A Little…Handsy


When I think of a bunch of people teaming up to win over $200,000 and a job of a lifetime, I expect tensions to be high. All the contestants are crammed into a house or a flat to share until the end of the season, and sometimes people get friendly, or other times people get…really friendly.

Former season six contestant, Kevin Cottle explained how there’s not just cooking and sleeping going down. People are so stressed, they’re sleeping with each other… After a Reddit: Ask Me Anything, someone asked if there were any weird secrets of the show, to which is replied, “Not weird, but contestants on the show all the time.” I’m not gonna lie, that’s not something I would have expected. Especially since most of the ‘at home’ scenes are in no way sensual; they’re pretty much the cast chilling out with some wine and snacks.

10 The Stress Of The Show Can Be Overwhelming


The show takes place over a five-week time span. And in that time frame, contestants are literally pushed to their limits. They’re working long days in a sweaty kitchen, going head-to-head with other talented chefs, and being scolded at in the time being. There’s a lot at stake and the physical needs are quite demanding of these chefs — so it makes sense that many of them are stressed.

Mashed explains how “during Season 2 of the series, one producer noted that the competition began with only four smokers in the cast. By the end of the season, that number had more than doubled to 10.” If picking up a bad habit is any inclination to how much is at steak in this competition, the proof is in the pudding.

9 Along With Cooking For Others, The Cooks Have To Also Cook For Themselves


There are so many reality TV shows that have dinners catered or snacks always prepared behind-the-scenes. The meals don’t need to be four-star quality, but something wholesome and quick that gets the job done. But apparently on Hell’s Kitchen, yes the contestants kitchens are stocked with anything they’d wanna make for themselves, but with such long days cooking for other people, the last thing these people wanna do is cook dinner for themselves (which is probably why so many contestants were pumped when they won team dinners. It makes so much sense now!)

Chef Ariel Malone explained to Delish “I didn’t have a watch, but we usually woke up around 7 a.m. at the latest and were headed back to the dorms to make dinner or whatever around 9 or 10 p.m.” Now, I don’t know about you, but when it’s 10pm, the last thing I wanna do is make myself a full blown meal.

8 Technology Is Cut Off From Contestants


It’s true what they say, when contestants enter Hell’s Kitchen, phones, iPads, and the alike are collected. While they’re competing these challenges the show makes sure they have no contact with the outside world. Talking to friends and family can be a stress reliever, and that’s something the show wouldn’t want. To make for better TV, these contestants need to be wired… stressed.

“The producers will call our parents to update them on what’s going on and let them know that everything’s okay,” Sou Chef Ariel Malone told Delish. “Not having the comforts of home is really the hardest part of being on the show. If you have a rough day, you can’t just call up your best friend and talk , or go out for a jog to clear your head.”

7 Gordon Doesn’t Even Watch The Show!


When you think about how many TV shows Gordon Ramsay is apart of, you would expect this man to watch them all. Maybe he can pick up on some challenge ideas or ways to make the show better, but that’s not how Gordon rolls. In fact, the more he watches himself on screen, the more susceptible he is to getting a big head.

He told Playboy back in 2011 “I don’t want to get self-obsessed and start thinking about putting makeup on and watching the way I walk. ‘Oh, did I really say that?’ it. It is what it is. I’d rather watch Deadliest Catch or go out for dinner.”

Side note: the fact that he watches Deadliest Catch makes me like him more.

6 The Living Quarters Are Small AF


When I think of the living quarters of reality TV shows, I think of shows like Jersey Shore, The Real World, and The Bachelor franchises; mainly because they spend so much time there, that’s where a lot of the scenes are filmed. But in Hell’s Kitchen, the only time we really see the contestants living arrangements is when they’re getting ready for work or winding down after a stressful day, venting to one another. And according to PPCorn, contestants share a room (of course) with three-four other hopeful winners. When you’re first meeting someone, falling asleep with them can be super awkward… especially when you’re both trying to win the same prize. PPCorn explains how their living arrangement is pretty similar to that of a college dorm (only with cameras hidden everywhere).

5 It’s Not A Real Restaurant


As we all know, the two teams kind of go head-to-head during the day and then duke it out at night when it comes to cooking the dinner service. As any human being knows, cooking for a bunch of people is hard work. Buy cooking for a bunch of people who are specifically there to see Gordon perform and eat (hopefully) amazing food is stressful AF. But if you thought the restaurant they were in had a strange layout, that’s because it does. Hell’s Kitchen is not a real restaurant, it’s actually a “soundstage in Culver City, California” claims season six contestant, Robert Hesse. “Guests can request seats by signing up on the show’s website. But they make you sign something that says you are not guaranteed to eat anything.” So it’s pretty much all for the show and to make it seem fuller and busier than it might actually be.

4 Cameras Are EVERYWHERE


Though this is a cooking competition, it’s still a reality TV show, which means cameras are everywhere. But since these 20 people are being filmed all day, it’s impossible to get the film crew witnessing their every cringeworthy moment, which is where hidden cameras come into play. Season six contestant, Seth Levin told The Post “The ones you don’t see are behind mirrors,” which seems TMI if you ask me. Cameras are also on both sides of the kitchen, and even a grounds crew in the dining room, asking the visitors questions about the food they’re eating. This is an entertainment show, so I’m sure the questions they’re asking aren’t always in the chefs’ favor either.

Switching the topic back to the bathroom mirrors for a second, can you imagine feeling like you’re always being watched? How vulnerable must that feel.

3 Losers Of The Show Are Required To Get A Psychiatric Evaluation


Working almost 20 hours a day for five weeks, with little sleep will drive anyone crazy. I’m actually surprised the contestants don’t speak about all the weight they’re losing, because there’s no way they have enough time in a day to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Without sleep, enough water, proper nutrition, and Gordon Ramsay yelling in ear, it’s enough to make anyone lose their damn mind. Knowing this, Hell’s Kitchen insists all those who lost the show go for a psychiatric evaluation.

2 Hell’s Kitchen Is Kind Of Like School


When you’re cooking for one of the most powerful chefs in the world, the last thing you want to do is act like a know-it-all. No one knows everything, and when you’re fame is nowhere near the levels of Gordon Ramsay, then it’s time act like a sponge and learn some knowledge.

One of the executive producers of the show, Arthur Smith says “Everything is regimented, everything is part of the program.” He continues sayin, ” are always learning something, prepping something, or meeting with the sous chefs, who are with them a lot.” There’s even people viewers aren’t introduced to, who go around supporting these contestants, giving them words of encouragement.

But Gordon isn’t the typical prick he looks like on TV. If a contestant really wants to leave because it’s all too much for them to handle — Gordon offers them that opportunity.

1 There Are No Reshoots


Truth be told, I always thought these cooking shows had a few reshoots. There are so many competitions, mistakes, and high-notes, that I figured maybe some of it wasn’t caught on camera. Maybe production made the crew redo a few things just to get a shot or to capture a previous argument. But apparently, that’s not the case.

Robert Hesse tells The Post “There are never re-shoots. Filming is continuous.” This is probably why if cameras missed an argument, two contestants will talk over what’s happening to give the viewers more detail on what they missed.

“The producers have a plan of what they want to do — the destinations, the characters. But basically Ramsay is a bees’ nest, and they throw it in a room, shake it up and see who gets stung.”

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The Hottest Women of Food Network / Cooking Channel – Part 1

Back in 1993 when Reese Schonfeld thought up the idea of a Food Network I can’t imagine he ever thought the heights it would reach. Today the Food Network is a staple in everyones TV watching catalogue, so much so that they spawned a new Cooking Channel just to have extra space to put on more shows. The Food Network is responsible for creating the Super Star Chef. They’re the reason people know the names Bobby Flay, Rachel Ray, Emeril Lagasse “BAM!” and so on and so forth. These people are household names and are worth millions of dollars all because they cook food on TV. I could only imagine what the pitch went like back then before we had any idea of what it could be.

Food Network Pitch Reenactment:

Reese Schonfeld: I want to start a network where trained Chefs cook dishes and explain how they do it.

TV Executive: Who is going to star in this?

RS: The Chef that’s cooking the food. They’ll explain the process of making gourmet food in your own home.

TV Executive: Hmm, I don’t get it. Did you see Jurassic Park? I loved that movie, can we add Dinosaurs?

RS: Why would we add Dinosaurs?

TV Exectuive: Why not? I mean I’m not sure anyone wants to watch people cooking food. Can you eat the food?

RS: How would you eat the food through the television?

TV Executive: I don’t know this was your idea.

RS: I don’t think you understand, let me try this again. People love to eat, heck they NEED to eat to survive. You can’t always go out to dinner and most people are getting sick of the same old food week in week out. This network will run cooking shows 24 hours a day. We’ll get trained professional chefs to come on show the viewer their dishes. Give the every-day cook restaurant quality recipes, and tips that they can cook for their families.

TV Executive: So you’re saying my wife will learn how to cook a better meatloaf? I like the sound of that. I mean I loveeeeee meatloaf, but she over cooks it to hell. The only thing drier than her meatloaf is her muff, am I right?

RS: Sir, I wouldn’t know about her “muff”. But yes, along with tons of other dishes. The point is to educate the viewer so that they can cook better meals, and inspire a future generation of chefs.

TV Executive: Hmm, this is sounding better. I still think we need a gimmick, are you sure the Dinosaurs are off the table?

RS: For the last time we don’t need Dinosaurs.

TV Executive: Okay, I’ll green light this for a trial run. As long as you promise me if this bombs we add a Raptor? Maybe a Brontosaurus, they’re vegetarians did you know that? I didn’t until Dr. Grant said so in Jurassic Park. Gosh what a movie. Stunning.

RS: Deal.

I take away two things from that conversation which almost definitely, probably, most likely didn’t happen…..maybe. One that TV Executives are complete morons, and two Reese knew he had to sell this thing to women. Now I know that comes off as sexist but in 1993 only around 30% of women were in the workforce full time. We’ve come a long way since then but in the initial conception of this Network it was clear who the majority of the audience was.

Now smash-cut to 2015 where the network is a powerhouse. From day one until now there have been a ton of changes, but the one I want to focus on is the change in hotness of chefs/hosts of the shows on air. The level of sexy that is being pumped out by the Network is kind of crazy when you think about it. Beyond just trained chefs we now have legitimate MODELS who have their own cooking shoes on the channels. This is the comprehensive list of the hottest women who are gracing your television screen and making more than just your mouth water. Do-you-know-what-I-mean (Jason Staham voice).

The Hottest Women (& Shows) on Food Network / Cooking Channel

One thing we need to consider for this list is that there will be some what of a bias towards women who became famous through cooking, as opposed to chicks that were famous and have now turned to cooking for more exposure/career extension.

16. Siba Mtongana (Siba’s Table)

About Siba Mtongana:

Siba Mtongana is a South African beauty who became popular in her native country. She brings new twists on classic dishes many of us here in America arn’t familiar with. She is a judge on Chopped South Africa. While a little thick for some peoples taste, you can’t deny the beauty she posses. That smile is flawless and holy accent.

About Siba’s Table:

Siba’s Table is a show where chef Siba Montanga brings traditional South African food and culture to the states. She has modern takes on classic dishes and shows you what she serves on her own home table.

16. Marcela Valladolid (Mexican Made Easy/The Kitchen)

About Marcela Valladolid:

Marcela (36 years old) grew up around expert and traditional cooks in Tijuana, Mexico. She jumped straight into a culinary life with her first job working at her aunt’s cooking school in Baja, Mexico. Marcela was the host of her own Food Network series, Mexican Made Easy, which premiered in 2010. She now works on the hit show The Kitchen which airs on the Food Network. Wanting to share her expertise on great Mexican food that combines freshness and flavor with kitchen ease, Marcela published Fresh Mexico: 100 Simple Recipes for True Mexican Flavor”. Marcela lives in San Diego with her 9-year-old son, who often doubles as her sous chef.

About The Kitchen:

The Kitchen is a talk show in the format of the very successful show The Chow. This show brings together five Food Network stars and they give tips and tricks to cooking in a very conversational setting.

14. Alie Ward (Co-Host Unique Sweets)

About Alie Ward:

Alie Ward (38 years old) was a staff writer for the LA Times covering nightlife and events. She joined up with her best friend Georgia Hardstark and they jokingly drafted plans on a cocktail napkin for a fictitious cocktail abomination called a McNuggetini. They made a farcical how-to video in their best vintage dresses. A viral hit ensued, with coverage in The New York Times, Time magazine, CNN and Perez Hilton alike. They were approached by Food Network with the challenge of creating cocktails that were still fun but palatable. The ladies went on to create two seasons of Drinks with Alie & Georgia, with 24 episodes of weirdly innovative cocktails. She is currently on-camera contributor for Cooking Channel’s Unique Sweets with Georgia. The two also just launched their new online Web series for Cooking Channel, Classy Ladies with Alie & Georgia, in which they wear lovely dresses, pretend to be classy and take a culinary lesson in each episode.

About Unique Sweets:

Unique Sweets is a show on the Cooking Channel where Alie and Georgia give you an insider’s peek into innovative eateries across America that are creating the most unique and exciting desserts today. These sweet spots cover the gamut: restaurants with revolutionary pastry chefs; candy shops inventing eye-popping confections; chocolate boutiques with wild artisanal flavors; and bakeries producing one-of-a-kind pastries, cakes and cookies in the middle of the night. While Georgia is nothing to write home about Alie is a redhead to remember.

13. Ingrid Hoffmann (Simply Delicioso)

About Ingrid Hoffman:

Ingrid Hoffmann (50 years old) launched Simply Delicioso on Food Network and hosts her own Spanish-language cooking and lifestyle show, Delicioso, on Galavision/Univision. Aside from the two shows, Ingrid pulled together a compilation of her recipes and entertaining ideas, which are showcased in her first cookbook,SIMPLY DELICIOSO: A Collection of Everyday Recipes with a Latin Twist. This smoke was raised in Colombia and later moved to Miami, so you know she’s down for a good time. On top of being a super sexy chef, Ingrid opened La Capricieuse, a high-fashion luxury boutique in Coconut Grove. Soon after, the store grew into a chain of four boutiques with a flagship on the island of Aruba, as well as a men’s shop in Miami. A super smart business woman who can cook? Sign me up.

About Simply Delicioso:

Simply Delicioso is a show where Ingrid makes every meal with her practical approach to easy, Latin-inspired dishes. Shot in her hometown of Miami Beach, each episode features lively menus, clever tips and time-saving shortcuts to help you create American favorites with bold and surprising Latin accents.

12. Rachael Ray (30 Minute Meals)

About Rachael Ray:

So I’m pretty sure EVERYONE knows who Rachael Ray (46 years old) is by now. Her show 30 Minute Meals is probably the most revolutionary show to hit air waves in the 20 plus years of the network. Rachel has since started her own prime time show called, what else, The Rachael Ray Show on ABC. Rachael is not a classically trained chef and uses very liberally measurements in her cooking which is something people can relate to. While her weight has been an issue throughout her fame, I’ll say this, when Rachael Ray is thin/tone she is sexy as hell. Maybe it’s the laugh, maybe its the voice (Sophia Bush-esque) but there is something about her that gets me going.

About 30 Minute Meals:

Rachel Ray started a show to help busy people make great meals in 30 minutes or less. This was a game changer in the world of cooking television. She made great meals and recipes accessible to even the busiest people in the world. It is a very simple concept, but maybe the best to grace the network.

11. Rachel Khoo (Little Paris Kitchen)

About Rachel Khoo:

Rachel Khoo (34 years old) is a chef from South London who started her career in the fashion industry. After being bored with that she moved on to taking patisserie courses at the Le Cordon Blue in Paris. From there Rachel parlayed her love of food into a few cook books and her on television series on the BBC. Now Rachel is a part of the Cooking Channel family and she is one of the cutest presenters on the network. She has a british accent, but having Chinese roots there is an exotic look.

About Little Paris Kitchen:

In the series Little Paris Kitchen Rachel invites you to sample her own distinctive “Parisian Cookbook,” throwing tired cliches out of the window and taking you on a beautiful and surprising edible adventure. Whether picnicking by the Seine, hosting tea parties or cooking intimate food for an intimate dinner, Rachel presents a modern, well rounded, irresistible and utterly unique portrait of French food.

10. Nadia G (Nadia G’s Bitchin’ Kitchen)

About Nadia G:

Mark this one under crazy. Nadia G is the quintessential ‘Bad-girl’ chef. Hailed as the “Julia Child of the Net generation,” she is the creator and host of the new Cooking Channel series Nadia G’s Bitchin’ Kitchen. Nadia’s focus is on accessible haute cuisine, fresh organic ingredients and a hands-on approach that will inspire hip audiences of all ages. Trained at the culinary institute of Hard Wooden Spoon Whacks, Nadia G grew up in a boisterous Italian family that never quite gave up the belief that Casalinga-style cuisine is the center of the universe. She was also an early pioneer of online skit comedy and ran a boutique web 2.0 studio. She is loud, has tattoos and loves to talk shit. Hence why Nadia G is on the list.

About Nadia G’s Bitchin’ Kitchen:

The show is basically Nadia being Nadia. It’s colorful, bold food served in a ‘hipster’ way that only a maniac would enjoy. While I can’t say she is the prettiest girl at the ball, she’ll definitely be the one to grab your attention and hold it for a while.

9. Sandra Lee (Semi Homemade / Sandra’s Money Saving Meals)

About Sandra Lee:

Sandra (48 years old) is an Emmy-nominated and internationally acclaimed expert in all things kitchen and home, Sandra Lee has predicted and changed the trajectory of American lifestyle with her signature “smart and simple” philosophy. She is currently the host of Food Network’s Sandra’s Money Saving Meals, also hosts HGTV’s Sandra Lee Celebrates, a series of holiday prime-time specials.On top of all that, Sandra is as fit as a fiddle. From the moment she got on the network until now she is still in rocking shape. She is also dating the Governor of New York Andrew Cuomo.

About Sandra’s Money Saving Meals:

Sandra’s Money Saving Meals, which helps viewers make delicious, budget-conscious meals using fresh, in-season ingredients, and Semi-Homemade Cooking, a veteran program on the network in its fifteenth season. Easy, quick and affordable.

8. Tia Mowry (Tia Mowry at Home)

About Tia Mowry:

Most people know Tia Mowry (36 years old) from the hit ABC show called Sister Sister which she co-stared in with her real twin sister Tamera. What most people don’t know is that Tia and Tamera are German-born. She has bounced around shows since Sister Sister, but has now found a new home on the Cooking Channel. Tia is obviously great looking and with her new show she is showing us there is more to her then just looks. I want to put her higher, but seeing as she is famous I felt this was a nice landing spot.

About Tia Mowry at Home:

In the series Tia invites you into her home where she not only displays fun and simple recipes, she also takes you behind the scenes and into her life. While this show is just kicking off, you can tell it will be one that sticks around

7. Lorraine Pascale (How To Be A Better Cook)

About Lorraine Pascale:

Lorraine was a highly successful fashion model in the ‘90s. She fronted campaigns for brands including Versace, Donna Karan, Katherine Hamnett and The Gap. The first British black model on the cover of American Elle, she also worked regularly with Kate Moss, Christy Turlington, Naomi Campbell and influential fashion editor Edward Enninful for i-D magazine. But at the start of 2000, Lorraine turned her back on her successful modeling career, deciding instead to pursue her long-term passion for cookery. She enrolled in Leith’s Diploma of Food and Wine course, and learned about every aspect of food. Being that Lorraine is a model she had an un-fair advantage in this game, and hat’s the reason I have her here. She is probably hotter than this rank but you can’t win them all. Either way when Lorraine is cooking, I’m watching.

About How To Be A Better Cook:

The show is basically in the title there. She helps people cook better. Simple.

So there you have it, part one of the Hottest Women on the Food Network/Cooking Channel. We finished the first part of our list (16-7) on a high note with a former super model. Want to see who ends up being crowned THE HOTTEST WOMAN on either network? Well click here and join us as we count down #6 all the way to #1.

This “chef” may be sexy but he is not very good at cooking actual food, it seems. Image: ferrerivideo (iStock)

Today in News That Made My Eyes Roll So Hard They Tickled My Frontal Cortex: Variety reports that Food Network has teamed up with People magazine for a special program called “Sexiest Chef Alive,” a tie-in with the magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive issue. (Presumably, this means no chefs who are women will be a part of this special, and I can’t tell whether I’m relieved or not.) This paragon of quality programming will grace our airwaves November 1, and here are all the ways it is silly and unnecessary.

1. Chef worship is weird.

Are there talented, magnanimous, boundary-pushing chefs who fascinate and delight us? Of course. Are they worthy of our attention and interest? Of course. But to fawn—or drool—over chefs just for being chefs is… weird. And then to fetishize that profession as somehow more romantically alluring than any other job is also weird and somewhat creepy.


2. Sexualizing food is also weird.

Maybe this is more of a sub-argument to point one, but the conflation of food and sex—which in this case is subsequently sanitized because hey, it’s People magazine and mainstream cable—is bizarre. I’m already bracing myself for all the obvious sweaty-brow, shirtless-under-the-apron nonsense that will likely be a major component of this special.

3. Haven’t we exhausted the sexy-dude-chef trope?

I’m still not over the hot-but-conflicted-bad-boy ridiculous of Burnt, which I thought was the chef cliché to end all chef clichés. The focus on this narrow definition of what sexy is—or even what chefs are—does a disservice to the hard-working people in the industry who don’t fit that mold or have no interest in conforming to it. The food industry is still struggling to confront the sexual harassment and abuse among its ranks; this hardly seems like the time to glorify outdated sexual power dynamics in the kitchen.


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