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Famous Female Chefs

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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. 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 knkow? From Food Network female chefs to other famous women cooks, this list includes the likes of Sophie Grigson to Jennifer Paterson and more.

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.


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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: age 45
    • Birthplace: Chennai, India
    • Profession: Model, Author, Actor
    • Credits: Glitter, Top Chef, Boom, The Mistress of Spices, The Ten Commandments, + more
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    Bethenny Frankel
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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 and ...more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Entrepreneur, Author, Actor, Presenter, Chef
    • Credits: The Real Housewives of New York City, Hollywood Hills, 90028, Bethenny, The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, + more
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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, which ...more

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    • Age: Died at 92 (1912-2004)
    • Birthplace: Pasadena, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Cook, Copywriter, TV chef, Author, Writer, + more
    • Credits: Julie & Julia, We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story, The French Chef, Cooking with Master Chefs: Hosted by Julia Child, Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home, + more
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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. Guy: ...more

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    • Age: age 47
    • Birthplace: Glens Falls, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Celebrity chef, Businessperson, Television producer, Screenwriter, Author, + more
    • Credits: Iron Chef America, Rachael Ray, Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, 30 Minute Meals, Rachael Ray's New Catchphrase, + more
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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 GDL ...more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Rome, Italy
    • Profession: Television producer, Author, Actor, Presenter, Chef
    • Credits: Iron Chef America, The Next Food Network Star, Handy Manny, Everyday Italian, Giada at Home, + more
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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 uses ...more

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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Albany, Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Cook, TV chef, Restaurateur, Author, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Elizabethtown, Iron Chef America, Paula's Home Cooking, Paula's Party, Paula's Best Dishes, + more
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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: age 55
    • Birthplace: Wandsworth, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Journalist, Author, Presenter, Chef
    • Credits: The Taste, Nigella Express, Nigella Feasts, Nigella Kitchen, Nigella's Christmas Kitchen, + more
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    Cat Cora
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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: age 47
    • Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi, 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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    Jane Asher is an English actress who achieved early fame as a child star, and has worked extensively in film and TV throughout her career. She was a key figure of 1960s showbusiness society as the fiancée of Paul McCartney. Asher is also a business entrepreneur, supplying specialist cakes and ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: England, London
    • Profession: Businessperson, Author, Actor, Chef
    • Credits: The Masque of the Red Death, Death at a Funeral, Alfie, Brideshead Revisited, I Give It a Year, + more
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    Jehane Benoît, OC was a Canadian culinary author, speaker, commentator, journalist, and broadcaster. After studying at the Sorbonne and the Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris, she started her own cooking school, Fumet de la Vieille France, in Montreal. She also opened one of Canada's first vegetarian ...more

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    • Age: Died at 83 (1904-1987)
    • Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
    • Profession: Chef
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    Ruth Graves Wakefield was the inventor of the Toll House Cookie, the first chocolate chip cookie, which she created circa 1938.more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1903-1977)
    • Birthplace: Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Inventor, Chef
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    Zealand Katherine Rebekah "Katie" Lee is an American cookbook author, television food critic, cook, and novelist.more

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    • Age: age 34
    • Birthplace: Huntington, West Virginia, United States of America
    • Profession: Cook, Author, Food critic, Chef
    • Credits: Top Chef, Paula's Party, George Hirsch: Living It UP!, The Kitchen
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    Isabella Beeton
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    Isabella Mary Beeton, universally known as Mrs Beeton, was the English author of Mrs Beeton's Book of Household Management, and is one of the best-known and posthumously best-selling cookery writers of the Victorian era, with her Book of Household Management first published in 1861.more

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    • Age: Died at 29 (1836-1865)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Journalist, Chef
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    Marika Hanbury Tenison

    Marika Hanbury-Tenison was an English journalist, cookery writer, and explorer.more

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    • Age: Died at 44 (1938-1982)
    • Profession: Chef
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    Lidia Matticchio Bastianich is an American celebrity chef, television host, author, and restaurateur. Specializing in Italian and Italian-American cuisine, Bastianich has been a regular contributor to public television cooking shows since 1998. In 2014, she launched her fifth television series, Lidia's ...more

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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Pula, Kingdom of Italy
    • Profession: Television producer, Restaurateur, Author, Presenter, Chef
    • Credits: Lidia's Italy: Sweet Napoli, Lidia’s Family Table, Lidia Celebrates America, Heartland Table, Lidia's Kitchen, + more
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    Isa Chandra Moskowitz
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    Isa Chandra Moskowitz is an American author, magazine columnist, and former host of community access cooking show Post Punk Kitchen. She has authored several best-selling cookbooks, including Vegan with a Vengeance, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World, Veganomicon, Vegan Brunch,Vegan Cookies Invade Your ...more

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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Chef
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    Marcela Luz Valladolid is an American chef and author. She is the host of the Food Network television series Mexican Made Easy, and a co-host of the Food Network television series The Kitchen.more

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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Author, Chef
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    Ina Garten
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    Ina Rosenberg Garten is an American author, Emmy Award winning host of the Food Network program Barefoot Contessa, and former White House nuclear policy analyst. Known for designing recipes with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and time-saving tips, she has been noted by Martha Stewart, Oprah Winfrey, ...more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Author, Actor, Presenter, Chef
    • Credits: Barefoot Contessa
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    Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo is a Filipino film and television actress, Pokémon trainer, Pokémon Gym Leader, host, product endorser, recording artist, and film producer. Santos began as a child actress and made her professional television debut in Kaming Mga Ulila before her screen debut in the film Silang ...more

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    • Age: age 37
    • Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
    • Profession: Model, Actor, Singer, Chef
    • Credits: Don't Give Up on Us, Komiks, May Bukas Pa, Basta't Kasama Kita, Magkapatid, + more
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    Sarah Kramer is a vegan cookbook author from Canada. She is the best-selling author of How It All Vegan, The Garden of Vegan, La Dolce Veganand Vegan A Go-Go!. She also recently released Go Vegan! w/Sarah Kramer one of the world's first vegan cookbook iPhone/iPad apps. Sarah Kramer has written for ...more

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    • Birthplace: Canada
    • Profession: Chef
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