There is nothing quite as torturous as watching a highly skilled chef making beautiful food that you can’t eat. We sit through this every week as we tune in to our favorite cooking shows on television, and all because we love the celebrity chefs behind the recipes. They bring their food to life with their personalities and their cooking skills, and, let’s face it, we all wish we could cook as well as they can. We will just have to be forever envious of how perfectly their food always comes out, and how they can finely chop vegetables without also chopping their fingers while on camera.
So get hungry or grab some snacks to hold you over, because we’re counting down our top ten favorite celebrity chefs and sharing some of their cooking tips while we’re at it!
10. Mario Batali
Mario Batali is known for his expertise on Italian Cuisine, and for his great love of olive oil. He knows the ins and outs of every tomato sauce, pasta, and meatball, as well he should—he holds a spot in the Culinary Hall of Fame. I don’t know why, but whenever I think of Chef Mario, I can’t help but think of that ponytail.
9. Julia Child
One of the first celebrity chefs on television, Julia Child became known for her expertise in French cuisine and for her distinctive voice. She became a celebrity chef after her book “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” was published in 1961, and she helped start the craze that surrounds celebrity chefs, as it exists today. Child passed away in 2004 at age 91.
8. Emeril Lagasse
Bam! You would think he is another Italian chef, but Emeril Lagasse actually specializes in delicious Creole cuisine. He always kicks it up a notch for the camera with his personality and his iconic catchphrases. His charm and skills as a chef earned him a spot on our top ten!
7. Rachael Ray
Armed with a distinctive New York accent and practical cooking tips, Rachael Ray is one of Food Network’s most famous celebrity chefs. She is most well known from her show 30 Minute Meals, her down-to-earth cooking and teaching styles, and her lively personality. Grab some E-V-O-O and get cooking!
6. Anthony Bourdain
Anthony Bourdain, who specializes in French cuisine, is known for his sense of humor as a celebrity chef. He is perhaps best known for his Food Network show Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, on which he travels the world, sampling some of the best and—sometimes—most bizarre foods known to man.
5. Giada De Laurentiis
Another Food Network celebrity chef, Giada De Laurentiis specializes in Italian cuisine. She holds an Emmy for her daytime cooking show, Everyday Italian and also appears on the show The Next Food Network Star as a mentor to contestants. What’s best about her are her fun personality and her easy to follow cooking tips, which make her a pleasure to watch and learn from.
4. Bobby Flay
Bobby Flay is no stranger to anyone who watches Food Network. He has hosted over a dozen cooking shows on the channel and is constantly appearing on many more. Perhaps one of the most famous celebrity chefs, Flay has countless books, awards, and restaurants, all gained from his skills as a chef and reality television personality.
3. Wolfgang Puck
Hailing from Austria, Wolfgang Puck is one seriously adorable celebrity chef. It may be his accent, but his lovely personality and cooking skills only help his case. Puck also has some serious talent in the kitchen. He holds a few Michelin Stars and was recently inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame.
2. Paula Deen
Paula Deen has been stirring up quite the controversy lately with her admission to using the ‘N’ word and the backlash that followed. Even so, her love of butter, her drawling accent, and her artery-clogging recipes earned her the number two spot on our list.
1. Gordon Ramsay
He is perhaps one of the most popular, if not the most popular, celebrity chefs of our day. Gordon Ramsay is world-renowned for his cooking skills, but more importantly for his temper, as seen on such shows as Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares. He does have some serious cooking cred, though. He has been awarded over a dozen Michelin stars, so he clearly knows his stuff in the kitchen. His palate is also impeccable, which is why he can always tell when something is bland, donkey!