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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. 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.

Padma Lakshmi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Chefs
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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 2006, for which she received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. In 2010, Top Chef won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 48

Birthplace: Chennai, India

Nationality: India, United States of America

Profession: Model, Author, Actor

Credits: Top Chef, Girl Most Likely, The View, The 2009 Independent Spirit Awards

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Julia Child is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Chefs
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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 premiered in 1963. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 92 (1912-2004)

Birthplace: Pasadena, California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Cook, Copywriter, TV chef, Author, Writer, + more

Credits: The French Chef, Julie & Julia, Good Morning America, In Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs

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Rachael Ray is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Chefs
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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: Celebrity Cook-Off. Ray wrote cookbooks based on the 30 Minute Meals concept, and launched a magazine, Every Day with Rachael Ray, in 2006. Ray's television shows have won three Daytime Emmy Awards. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 50

Birthplace: Glens Falls, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Profession: Celebrity chef, Businessperson, Television producer, Screenwriter, Author, + more

Credits: Rachael Ray, 30 Minute Meals, Rachael Ray's Week in a Day, Lunch Hour

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Giada De Laurentiis is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Chefs
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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 Foods. She is a winner of the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lifestyle Host, and in 2012 was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 48

Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Nationality: United States of America, Italy

Profession: Television producer, Author, Actor, Presenter, Chef

Credits: Giada at Home, Everyday Italian, Food Network Star, Today

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