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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.

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  • Paula Ann Hiers Deen (born January 19, 1947) is an American TV personality and cooking show host. Deen resides in Savannah, Georgia, where she owns and operates The Lady & Sons restaurant and Paula Deen's Creek House with her sons, Jamie and Bobby Deen. She has published fifteen cookbooks. Though married since 2004 to Michael Groover, she uses the last name Deen, from her first marriage....  more
    • Age: 73
    • Birthplace: Albany, Georgia, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Profession: Cook, TV chef, Restaurateur, Author, Actor
    • Credits: Paula's Best Dishes, Paula's Home Cooking, Paula Goes to Hollywood, Paula's Party

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  • Nigella Lucy Lawson (born 6 January 1960) is an English food writer and cooking show host. She is the daughter of Nigel Lawson, a former Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Vanessa (née Salmon) Lawson, whose family owned the J. Lyons and Co. food and catering business. She attended Godolphin and Latymer School, London. After graduating from the University of Oxford, where she was a member of Lady Margaret Hall, Lawson started work as a book reviewer and restaurant critic, later becoming the deputy literary editor of The Sunday Times in 1986. She then embarked upon a career as a freelance journalist, writing for a number of newspapers and magazines. In 1998 her first cookery book, How to Eat,...  more
    • Age: 60
    • Birthplace: Wandsworth, London, United Kingdom
    • Nationality: England
    • Profession: Journalist, Author, Presenter, Chef
    • Credits: The Taste, Nigella Express, Nigella Feasts, Nigella Kitchen, Nigella's Christmas Kitchen

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  • Cat Cora
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    Catherine Ann Cora (born April 3, 1967) 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
    • Age: 52
    • Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi, United States of America
    • 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
  • Jane Asher (born 5 April 1946) is an English actress, author and entrepreneur who achieved early fame as a child actress and has worked extensively in film and TV throughout her career. Asher has appeared in TV shows and films such as Deep End, The Masque of the Red Death, Alfie, The Mistress, Crossroads, Death at a Funeral, and The Old Guys. She is also known for supplying specialist cakes and kitchenware, and publishing three best-selling novels. She was a key figure of 1960s UK entertainment and arts culture and was well known as the girlfriend and muse to Beatle Paul McCartney....  more
    • Age: 74
    • Birthplace: Willesden, London, United Kingdom
    • 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