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This list of famous female chefs is listed by their level of prominence, with photos when available. This greatest female chefs list contains the most prominent and top women chefs to ever step foot in the kitchen. These popular female chefs are also found on most entertaining celebrity chefs and the best cooking TV shows of all time. There are thousands of females working as chefs throughout the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones - famous female cooks and female celebrity chefs that even your mom has heard of! Historic chefs have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a chef then the women cooks below should give you inspiration.

Who is a woman chef you should know? From Food Network hosts to other famous women cooks, this list includes the likes of Giada De Laurentiis to Rachael Ray and more. Fans will recognize these famous female chefs from favorite cooking shows and morning TV programs. 

Who are the most famous female chefs? Who are the best female chefs? While this isn't a list of all female chefs, it does include all the most famous women in the kitchen - from Italian female chefs to others with shows on a food channel, heads of notable restaurants, and any famous woman chef whipping up amazing food in kitchens all over the world.

Padma Lakshmi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Chefs
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Padma Lakshmi is an American cookbook author, actress, model, television host and executive producer. Her debut cookbook Easy Exotic won her the "Best First Book" award at the 1999 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. She has been the host of the US reality television program Top Chef since season two in ...more

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Age: 46

Birthplace: Chennai, India

Nationality: India, United States of America

Profession: Model, Author, Actor

Credits: Top Chef, Girl Most Likely, The View, The 2009 Independent Spirit Awards

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Bethenny Frankel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Chefs
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Bethenny Frankel is an American reality television personality, talk show host, author, and entrepreneur. She founded Skinnygirl Cocktails, authored four self-help books and hosted the talk show, Bethenny. Frankel has appeared on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, The Real Housewives of New York City ...more

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Age: 46

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Entrepreneur, Author, Actor, Presenter Chef

Credits: Bethenny, Bethenny Ever After, The Real Housewives of New York City, The Apprentice: Martha Stewart

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Julia Child is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Chefs
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Julia Carolyn Child was an American chef, author, and television personality. She is recognized for bringing French cuisine to the American public with her debut cookbook, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and her subsequent television programs, the most notable of which was The French Chef, ...more

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Age: Died at 92 (1912-2004)

Birthplace: Pasadena, California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Cook, Copywriter, TV chef, Author Writer, + more

Credits: The French Chef, Julie & Julia, Good Morning America, In Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs

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#6 on The Most Entertaining Celebrity Chefs

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Rachael Ray is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Chefs
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Rachael Ray is an American television personality, businesswoman, celebrity chef and author. She hosts the syndicated daily talk and lifestyle program Rachael Ray, and three Food Network series. Other programs to her credit include Rachael Ray's Week In A Day and the reality format show Rachael vs. ...more

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Age: 48

Birthplace: Glens Falls, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Celebrity chef, Businessperson, Television producer, Screenwriter Author, + more

Credits: Rachael Ray, 30 Minute Meals, Rachael Ray's Week in a Day, Lunch Hour

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#10 on The Most Entertaining Celebrity Chefs

#12 on Celebrity Chefs You Most Wish Would Cook for You

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Giada De Laurentiis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Female Chefs
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Giada Pamela De Laurentiis is an Italian-born American chef, writer, television personality, and the host of the current Food Network television program Giada at Home. She also appears regularly as a contributor and guest co-host on NBC's Today. De Laurentiis is the founder of the catering business ...more

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Age: 46

Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Nationality: Italy, United States of America

Profession: Television producer, Author, Actor, Presenter Chef

Credits: Giada at Home, Everyday Italian, Food Network Star, Today

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#5 on The Most Entertaining Celebrity Chefs

#6 on Celebrity Chefs You Most Wish Would Cook for You

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Paula Deen is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Female Chefs
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Paula Ann Hiers Deen is an American celebrity chef and cooking show television host. Deen resides in Savannah, Georgia, where she owns and operates The Lady & Sons restaurant with her sons, Jamie and Bobby Deen. She has published fourteen cookbooks. Though married in 2004 to Michael Groover, she ...more

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Age: 70

Birthplace: Albany, Georgia, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Cook, TV chef, Restaurateur, Author Actor, + more

Credits: Paula's Best Dishes, Paula's Home Cooking, Paula Goes to Hollywood, Paula's Party

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#15 on The Most Entertaining Celebrity Chefs

#16 on Celebrity Chefs You Most Wish Would Cook for You

#37 on Celebrities You Would Not Want as a Stepmom

#44 on People We Want to See on a Comedy Central Roast

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Nigella Lawson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Female Chefs
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Nigella Lucy Lawson is an English journalist, broadcaster, television personality, gourmet, and food writer. She is the daughter of Nigel Lawson, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Vanessa Lawson, whose family owned the J. Lyons and Co. food and catering business. After graduating from Lady ...more

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Age: 57

Birthplace: Wandsworth, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

Profession: Journalist, Author, Presenter, Chef

Credits: The Taste, Nigella Express, Nigella Feasts, Nigella Kitchen Nigella's Christmas Kitchen, + more

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#11 on The Most Entertaining Celebrity Chefs

#11 on Celebrity Chefs You Most Wish Would Cook for You

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Cat Cora is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Female Chefs
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Catherine Ann "Cat" Cora is an American professional chef best known for her featured role as an "Iron Chef" on the Food Network television show Iron Chef America and as co-host of Around the World in 80 Plates on Bravo. ...more

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Age: 47

Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi, USA

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: TV chef, Chef

Credits: Iron Chef America, The Next Iron Chef, Kitchen Accomplished, Around the World in 80 Plates

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#18 on The Most Entertaining Celebrity Chefs

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