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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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Paula Deen is listed (or ranked) 5 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) 6 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) 7 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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#17 on The Most Entertaining Celebrity Chefs

#26 on The Best Cat Things

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Jane Asher is listed (or ranked) 8 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: 71

Birthplace: Willesden, London, United Kingdom

Nationality: United Kingdom

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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