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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.

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Jane Asher is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Female Chefs
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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: 69

Birthplace: London, England

Nationality: United Kingdom, England

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 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Female Chefs
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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 ...more

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Age: Died at 83 (1904-1987)

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Nationality: Canada

Profession: Chef

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Ruth Graves Wakefield is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Female Chefs
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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

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Inventor, Chef

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Katie Lee is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Female Chefs
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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: 34

Birthplace: Huntington, West Virginia, USA

Nationality: 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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#44 on The Most Entertaining Celebrity Chefs

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Isabella Beeton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Female Chefs
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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

Nationality: England

Profession: Journalist, Chef

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Marika Hanbury Tenison is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Female Chefs
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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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Nadia Giosia is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Female Chefs
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Nadia Giosia, better known as Nadia G., is a Canadian cooking personality, comedic actress, and singer who transitioned her web cooking series into a TV cooking show. She is the host of Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen, which has appeared on the Cooking Channel, Food Network Canada and Food Network UK. ...more

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Age: 36

Birthplace: Montreal, Canada

Nationality: Canada

Profession: Television producer, Screenwriter, Singer, Chef

Credits: Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen

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

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Lidia Bastianich is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Female Chefs
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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, ...more

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Age: 70

Birthplace: Pula, Croatia

Nationality: Italy, United States of America

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

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