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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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    Sara Moulton is an American chef, cookbook author and television personality. She was the on-air food editor for Good Morning America, a morning news-and-talk show broadcast on the ABC television network, from 1997 through 2012. She was the chef of the executive dining room at Gourmet for 20 years, a ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: TV chef, Author, Writer, Presenter, Chef
    • Credits: Sara’s Weeknight Meals, Cooking Live
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    Gail Simmons
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    Gail Simmons is a Canadian culinary expert, food writer and television personality, and is the Special Projects Director with Food & Wine magazine. In addition to her role with Food & Wine, she is a regular judge on the television show Top Chef and hosts its spin-off, Top Chef: Just Desserts. She offers ...more

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    • Age: age 39
    • Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
    • Profession: Food critic, Chef
    • Credits: Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, Top Chef: Just Desserts
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    Mary Ann Esposito is an American chef and the television host of Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito, which started in 1989 and is the longest-running television cooking program in America. Esposito has published over a dozen cookbooks.more

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    • Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: TV chef, Presenter, Chef
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    Tiffani Faison is an American chef and was one of two finalists on the first season of Bravo's reality show, Top Chef. She finished second place to Harold Dieterle. Faison was born in Germany to American parents and raised as a self-described "army brat" in various parts of the United States, including ...more

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    • Age: age 38
    • Birthplace: Germany
    • Profession: Chef
    • Credits: Top Chef
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    Zonya Foco, RD, CHFI, CSP, is an American dietitian, professional speaker, nutrition expert, entrepreneur, television chef and writer, focusing more on healthy eating than on dieting. Foco is the only Registered Dietitian and Certified Health and Fitness Instructor in the United States to have earned ...more

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    • Profession: Businessperson, TV chef, Entrepreneur, Chef
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    Daisy Maria Martinez is an actress, model, chef, television personality and author, who hosts a PBS television series, Daisy Cooks!, which launched on April 15, 2005.more

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    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: TV chef, Chef
    • Credits: Carlito's Way
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    Tina Nordström
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    Tina Nordström is a Swedish celebrity chef, television personality, and pitch lady from Helsingborg, Sweden. She hosted the second season of New Scandinavian Cooking on PBS stations on American television, replacing Andreas Viestad as host of the show; she was succeeded by Claus Meyer. She also appeared ...more

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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: Sweden, Eurasia, Skåne County, Scania
    • Profession: Chef
    • Credits: New Scandinavian Cooking, Cravings, Tinas cookalong, Perfect Day
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    Fiona Sara Shackleton, Baroness Shackleton of Belgravia LVO is an English solicitor, who has represented members of the British Royal Family and celebrities, including Sir Paul McCartney and Prince Andrew, Duke of York. Her charm and resoluteness earned her the nickname "Steel Magnolia".more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Chef, Solicitor
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    Carla Hall
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    Carla Hall is an American chef and television personality. She was a finalist in the fifth and eighth seasons of Top Chef, Bravo's cooking competition show. She is currently one of five cohosts on The Chew, a one-hour talk show centered on food from all angles, which premiered in September 2011 on ABC.more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Profession: Chef
    • Credits: Top Chef, The Chew
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    Leslie R. Bega is an American theatre, film and television actress, known for performances in Head of the Class, David Lynch's Lost Highway, and as a recurring cast member in CSI: NY and The Sopranos. She is also featured as a dancer in the breakdancing films Breakin and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo.more

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    • Age: age 48
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, California
    • Profession: Actor, Chef
    • Credits: The American President, Get Shorty, Head of the Class, For Keeps, Mobsters, + more
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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. This ...more

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    • Age: age 35
    • Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
    • Profession: Television producer, Screenwriter, Singer, Chef
    • Credits: Nadia G's Bitchin' Kitchen
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    Sandra Lee
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    Sandra Lee is an American television chef and author. She is known for her "Semi-Homemade" cooking concept, which Lee describes as using 70 percent pre-packaged products and 30 percent fresh items.more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
    • Profession: TV chef, Author, Writer, Chef
    • Credits: Sandra's Money Saving Meals, Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee
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    Clarissa Theresa Philomena Aileen Mary Josephine Agnes Elsie Trilby Louise Esmeralda Dickson Wright was an English celebrity chef, television personality, writer, businesswoman, and former barrister. She was best known as one-half, along with Jennifer Paterson, of the Two Fat Ladies television cooking ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1947-2014)
    • Birthplace: St John's Wood, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Celebrity chef, Businessperson, Politician, Barrister, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Two Fat Ladies, Art School, One Man and His Dog
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    Anna Olson
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    Anna Olson is a professionally trained pastry chef. She resides in Welland in the Niagara region of Ontario, Canada. She is the host of Bake with Anna Olson on Food Network Canada. She was previously the host of Food Network Canada's Fresh with Anna Olson, Sugar and Kitchen Equipped.more

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    • Age: age 47
    • Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Presenter, Chef, Baker
    • Credits: Sugar, Fresh with Anna Olson, Kitchen Equipped, Bake with Anna Olson
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    Sheila Lukins
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    Sheila Lukins, was an American cook and food writer. She was most famous as the co-author, with Julee Rosso, of the The Silver Palate series of cookbooks, and The New Basics Cookbook, a very popular set of food guides which introduced many Americans to French, Southern and Eastern European cooking ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1942-2009)
    • Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Profession: Author, Chef
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    Adrianne León
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    Adrianna Therese León is an American singer-songwriter, chef, personal fitness trainer, model and actress. She is the co-founder and lead vocalist of the rock band Caught Crimson. León began writing songs for the Emmy award-winning soap opera General Hospital. León went on to have a role as the punk ...more

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    • Age: age 28
    • Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Singer-songwriter, Model, Actor, Personal trainer, Chef
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    Robin Vitetta-Miller was the host of the Food Network cooking show Quick Fix Meals with Robin Miller. As a nutritionist and food writer, her work has appeared in multiple magazines and publications. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Profession: TV chef, Author, Nutritionist, Chef
    • Credits: Quick Fix Meals with Robin Miller, Quick Fix Meals with Robin Miller: Make Ahead Meals, Quick Fix Meals with Robin Miller: Quick & Delicious
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    Mollie Katzen is an American chef, cookbook author and artist. She is best known for her vegetarian cookbook, the Moosewood Cookbook, inspired by the Moosewood Restaurant she helped create, but left in 1978 "amid some bitter accusations that she had appropriated group recipes as her own." She later ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Author, Writer, Chef
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    Alice Waters
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    Alice Louise Waters is an American chef, restaurateur, activist, and author. She is the owner of Chez Panisse, a Berkeley, California restaurant famous for its organic, locally-grown ingredients and for pioneering California cuisine. Waters opened the restaurant in 1971. It was consistently ranked among ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Chatham, USA, New Jersey
    • Profession: Author, Chef
    • Credits: Food Fight
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    Devin Alexander

    Devin Alexander is an American New York Times Bestselling cookbook author and media personality. She is the Host of Healthy Decadence on Fit TV. She has appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, The Biggest Loser and Access Hollywood.more

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    • Profession: Author, Chef
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