List of Famous TV Chefs People

List of Famous TV Chefs

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This list of famous TV chefs includes photos, bios, and other information, when available. Who are the top TV chefs in the world? This includes the most prominent TV chefs, both living and dead, from America and abroad. The notable TV chefs below are ordered by their level of prominence, and the list can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these famous chefs on TV were born and what their nationality is. The top celebrity chefs on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all well known chefs, famous for their television cooking shows and appearances.

This list is made up of a variety of famous cooks on TV, including Anthony Bourdain, Mario Batali, and Julia Child. When perusing a list of famous chefs, you're sure to find many names of chefs you're already a fan of, but you'll also discover some famous Asian chefs, and other famous TV cooks you are soon to be a fan of.

From reputable, prominent, and celebrity TV chefs to the lesser known TV chefs of today, these are some of the best professionals in the TV cooking show world. Who are the most famous TV chefs ever? What are the names of the best TV chefs? Just take a look below!


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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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    Anthony Bourdain
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    Anthony Michael Bourdain is an American chef, author, and television personality. He is a 1978 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and a veteran of numerous professional kitchens, including a stint of many years as executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles. Though Bourdain is no longer formally ...more

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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Television producer, TV chef, Screenwriter, Author, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Top Chef, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Far Cry, The Taste, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, + 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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    Robert William "Bobby" Flay is an American celebrity chef, restaurateur, and reality television personality. He is the owner and executive chef of several restaurants: Mesa Grill in Las Vegas and the Bahamas; Bar Americain in New York and Uncasville, CT; Bobby Flay Steak in Atlantic City; Gato in New ...more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Television producer, Restaurateur, Author, Presenter, Chef
    • Credits: Iron Chef America, Iron Chef, The Next Food Network Star, Worst Cooks in America, Falling for Grace, + 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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    Martin Yan is a Chinese-born Hong Kong-American chef and food writer. He has hosted his award-winning PBS-TV cooking show Yan Can Cook since 1982.more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Guangzhou, China
    • Profession: TV chef, Chef
    • Credits: Rice Rhapsody, Yan Can Cook, Martin Yan’s Chinatown Cooking, Yan Can Cook: The Best of China
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    Emeril Lagasse
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    Emeril John Lagasse is an American celebrity chef, restaurateur, television personality, and cookbook author. A regional James Beard Award winner, he is perhaps most notable for his Food Network shows Emeril Live and Essence of Emeril, as well as catchphrases such as, "Kick it up a notch!" and "BAM!" ...more

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: Fall River, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Television producer, TV chef, Entrepreneur, Restaurateur, Author, + more
    • Credits: The Princess and the Frog, Last Holiday, Top Chef, Iron Chef America, Emeril, + more
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    Ming Tsai is an American restaurateur, television personality, and celebrity chef of fusion cuisine. Tsai currently hosts Ming's Quest, a cooking show featured on the Fine Living Network, and Simply Ming on American Public Television. He was eliminated in week 7 of the third season of the Food Network's ...more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Newport Beach, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Restaurateur, Author, Presenter, Chef
    • Credits: Iron Chef America, Simply Ming, East Meets West, Sara’s Weeknight Meals
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    Mario Francesco Batali is an American chef, writer, restaurateur and media personality. In addition to his classical culinary training, he is an expert on the history and culture of Italian cuisine, including regional and local variations. Batali co-owns restaurants in New York City, Las Vegas, Los ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America
    • Profession: TV chef, Author, Actor, Voice acting, Chef
    • Credits: Fantastic Mr. Fox, Iron Chef America, The Next Iron Chef, The Chew, Spain... on the Road Again, + more
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    Guy Fieri
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    Guy Fieri is an American restaurateur, author, game host, and television personality currently working for Food Network. He co-owns five restaurants in California and is known for his television series on the Food Network. By mid-2010, the Food Network had made Fieri the "face of the network." In 2010, ...more

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    • Age: age 47
    • Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: TV chef, Restaurateur, Actor, TV Personality, Chef
    • Credits: Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Minute to Win It, Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, Guy's Big Bite, + more
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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, Croatia
    • 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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    Rocco DiSpirito is an American chef based in New York City.more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Jamaica, New York City, New York, USA
    • Profession: TV chef, Author, Chef
    • Credits: Dancing with the Stars, The Restaurant, Rocco's Dinner Party, Eat This New York, Riviera Fantasy with Bon Appétit
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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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    Jacques Pépin is an internationally recognized French chef, television personality, and author working in the United States. Since the late 1980s, he has appeared on French and American television and written an array of cookbooks that have become best sellers.more

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    • Age: age 80
    • Birthplace: Bourg-en-Bresse, France
    • Profession: TV chef, Author, Chef
    • Credits: Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home, Essential Pépin, Jacques Pépin's Kitchen: Encore with Claudine, Baking with Julia, Today's Gourmet, + more
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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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    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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    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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