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The Six Hottest Superstar Female Chefs on Food Network

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6 Skilled (and Also Sexy) Female Chefs

They say that we begin eating with our eyes, and these rare beauties prove it, for we have already feasted long before we've even gotten to the main course.

I've picked these six, with their charm, grace, and knife-wielding skills, for that exciting element of danger and dash of spice that intoxicates me.

Do them kindness, and the pleasure will be returned to you ten thousand times. Do one of them wrong, and they'll sauté your rotten heart in the soured wine of bad love. I have been completely charmed by them, sent lustily whirling in a salad spinner.

In my deepest dreams, when I walk into the kitchen of my fantasy restaurant, that picture up there is what my sous chefs look like. So enjoy this feast of the sexiest female chefs on the Food Network. It's your appetizer, entree, and dessert all rolled into one...or six.

As of 2012, Claire is currently the co-host with Richard Corrigan of Chef Race: UK vs. US on BBC America.

As of 2012, Claire is currently the co-host with Richard Corrigan of Chef Race: UK vs. US on BBC America.

1. Claire Robinson

First on the forbidden menu is Claire Robinson. Born in Jacksonville, Florida, Claire moved to New York City in 2004 to attend the French Culinary Institute.

After graduating, she worked with culinary production teams for several cooking series, including Food Network’s Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello and PBS's Everyday Baking for Everyday Food.

She later was promoted to be the host of her own show, 5 Ingredient Fix.

Her good looks and sweet nature capture you like a good mystery novel. There is a familiarity about her, as though she's your very best friend and most passionate lover.

2. Marcela Valladolid

The south-of-the-border beauty Marcela Valladolid brings Mexico's spicy, authentic flavors with their characteristic heat and deep richness that we have come to associate with Mexico.

Growing up in a family of chefs, she went on to study at Los Angeles Culinary Institute, and if that's not enough for you arrogant philistines, she graduated from the Ritz Escoffier Cooking School in Paris.

As host of Mexican Made Easy, you'll find yourself full and satisfied by her effortless charm and bubbly attitude.

Giada is a winner of a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lifestyle Host and the Gracie Award for Best Television Host.

Giada is a winner of a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lifestyle Host and the Gracie Award for Best Television Host.

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3. Giada De Laurentiis

The Roman-born, raven-haired beauty Giada De Laurentiis has become a Food Network icon.

Born in Rome, Giada moved to southern California after her parents divorced and later attended UCLA. After graduating, she decided to attend Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. While she initially had aspirations of becoming a pastry chef, she became a professional chef after returning to Los Angeles. She later worked as a food stylist and was contacted by the Food Network after styling a piece in Food & Wine magazine in 2002.

Her deep Mediterranean good looks and culinary knowledge have taken her very far indeed and made her the poster girl for hormone-frenzied foodophiles everywhere.

4. Sunny Anderson

Former member of the Air Force, Sunny Anderson, will fly into your conscious and your heart. While working as a radio host, she was contacted by the Food Network to be a guest on Emeril Live.

Shortly after, Sunny began hosting How'd That Get On My Plate? in July 2008. She also hosted the Food Network program Cooking for Real and served as co-host with Marc Istook of the Food Network program Gotta Get It, beginning in April 2007.

Her “down-to-earth” attitude and style make you feel as though you have known her your whole life. The girl, to put it bluntly, is huggable.

There is beauty everywhere if you will but look for it, and if you see the deep down beauty of Sunny, she will see it in you, and then you will be a king, top of the mountain, enveloped by her substantial goodness, languorous in her feminine pulchritude.

Rachael has written several cookbooks based on the 30 Minute Meals concept, and launched a magazine Every Day with Rachael Ray, in 2006.

Rachael has written several cookbooks based on the 30 Minute Meals concept, and launched a magazine Every Day with Rachael Ray, in 2006.

5. Rachael Ray

You can hardly write about female chefs on the Food Network without including Rachael Ray. I remember our first time, the first time I saw her, that is, on her show, 30 Minute Meals. She was cute and bubbly and adorable and...well, other things.

Born in Glen Falls, New York, Rachael has been around the food industry all her life. Her mother managed restaurants her whole life, and Rachael took notes.

After moving to the Adirondacks, she taught a course at a local gourmet grocery store and showed how to make meals in less than 30 minutes. With the success of her "30 Minute Meals" classes, a local news channel asked her to appear in a weekly segment on their newscasts.

This led to a Today show spot and eventually to her first Food Network contract in 2001.

Mollenkamp attended the Cornell Hotel School and graduated with a B.S. in hospitality management from Cornell University.

Mollenkamp attended the Cornell Hotel School and graduated with a B.S. in hospitality management from Cornell University.

6. Aida Mollenkamp

With her Italian-American and French upbringing, Aida Mollenkamp learned how to cook at a very early age, and as a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Paris, she has the Diplôme to back it up.

Her fashion model beauty is stunning, and a smile from her is a promise made by heaven, an acknowledgment that all is well with the world and the planets are indeed aligned.

But the question raises itself again: Does the Food Network just not know what to do with a genuine extraordinary beauty? Do they just stand there and stammer, tongue-tied as they stare at the floor, too terrified to ask her to dance?

First, they saddle her with that stupid premise of her show, Ask Aida, and then give her a nerd computer geek sidekick and wonder why she isn't more popular.

Ever tune into the Food Network for more than just the food?

Ever tune into the Food Network for more than just the food?

Food Network Beauties

With years of experience under their belts, these chefs are hard to resist! If you ever find yourself bored and hungry, simply find one of their programs and enjoy it!

Food isn't the only remarkable thing to come out of the Food Network!


Maggie on December 14, 2014:

Such an imrssepive answer! You've beaten us all with that!

Debra on December 13, 2014:

Free info like this is an apple from the tree of kngeoedlw. Sinful?

Selina Kyle on April 21, 2013:

Ah, so glad you included Sunny :) She's adorable. Rachael, however...sorry, Chris my dear but I have to agree to disagree with you on that one ;) Not that she isn't a doll but when I hear her talk it's like nails on a chalkboard.

Of course, who am I to talk? I've got a thing for Russel Brand lol

Christoph Reilly (author) from St. Louis on July 24, 2012:

Thanks, Kelly. I started reading it just now (it's been so long) and had to stop. But I'm glad you got through it!

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on July 23, 2012:

Oh you know I personally LOVED this! haha! I love a guy that can cook and I am so impressed with your knowledge. Giada - certainly my favorite of all listed above. She is adorable and I love her recipes - I have tried quite a few.

Super up and awesome and everything and all that!

Christoph Reilly (author) from St. Louis on October 13, 2011:

Marie-Renee: Thanks so much for stopping in and saying hello. Glad you enjoyed it.

Renee on October 13, 2011:

I guess the way to a man's heart is through his stomach is doubly correct when the chefs are uber beautiful. I love Rachel Ray because she is so bubbly, Giada De Laurentiis is also very beautiful though I haven't noticed the cleavage..uhmm or maybe because I am a woman and not that interested in it. Great hub..will be following as a fan and reading more of your hubs.

me on July 22, 2011:

I am handsome male chef. I wrote Variety Cooking, Delicious Desserts and other desserts to come. I don't cook anymore. I don't eat meat. I wrote it for people who want to live. After a billion for one year I'm done I will burn my money.

Christoph Reilly (author) from St. Louis on May 20, 2011:

Yeah, I love Claire. Being a Memphis boy, how could I not? Thanks for the comment.

James Speeding on May 20, 2011:

Claire Robinson's the best by far....

Christoph Reilly (author) from St. Louis on December 10, 2010:

Roulette: Yes, she has been discussed in the comments, and surely should be included here. At the time I wrote it, I was not aware of any shows she had currently running on Food Network. She does now, and should be included, since she is sexy as a get out!

Roulette Sniper 2.0 on December 10, 2010:

What about Nigela Lawson. She is a little older but still very fit.

Christoph Reilly (author) from St. Louis on November 30, 2010:

Twilight: I have to agree with Nigella Lawson, being more familiar with her now than when I wrote this. She is indeed quite a woman. Thanks for the comment.

Twilight Lawns from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K. on November 30, 2010:

Epigramman and Christoph, there is only one female chef worth looking at on the Television, and that's Nigella Lawson. That woman would destroy every artery in my body and have me on the surgeon's table gasping my last with her creams and full fat butters and goose livers and... But I would die happy.

And Gordon Ramsay? If being foulmouthed is being funny, then I seem to miss the point. And the guy is so much up his own arse, I can't be bothered... Nobody needs to be so rude to others as he is.

Oops! Good hub also. I almost forgot to comment.

Christoph Reilly (author) from St. Louis on November 09, 2010:

Brent: Apparently, there is not as big of an audience for healthy cooking. They do have shows like that, but the chef's aren't on my list. Thanks for the comment.

Brent on November 09, 2010:

its crazy that most of these chefs use a lot of high fat items. oils cheeses cream. bring out the lower fat items would be cool.

Christoph Reilly (author) from St. Louis on November 07, 2010:

Hattersmen: Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it, and I appreciate your taking the time to comment!

hattersmen on November 07, 2010:

Christoph, seeing this information about sexy women chef makes me want to see them cooking. I personally like chef marcella. Nice hub man! you actually caught my attention.

Christoph Reilly (author) from St. Louis on September 12, 2010:

eventsyoudesign: I like the reality shows as well. I wonder if Beverly Hills Chefs is coming back (was that on Food Network? Don't know.) Chopped is one of my favorites, and the new one 24 hour Restaurant challenge. I know all the inside dope on Iron Chef. Thinking of writing about it.

eventsyoudesign from Nashville, Tennessee on September 12, 2010:

Rachael Ray might make a better dessert than sandwich. Shes sweet. Good article. I like the reality shows on the food net work. The other programming is kind of boring.

Christoph Reilly (author) from St. Louis on September 11, 2010:

Cindyvine: You are referring to "Kitchen Nightmares" with Gordon Ramsey - one of my favorite shows. It started in the U.K., and they still show the older British ones on BBC America every day.

I'm not aware of any show with a bimbo strutting around the kitchen in a chef's hat, high heels, and a mini-skirt...but if there was I'd watch it faithfully.

Cindy Vine from Cape Town on September 10, 2010:

I saw once a program called kitchen disasters or something like that, where this famous chef goes into a restaurant's kitchen and sees what's wrong and gives advice on how to fix it. Some of the restaurant owners got quite angry. Now I'd rather watch that than some bimbo in a chef's hat, strutting around the kitchen in high heels and a mini skirt!

Christoph Reilly (author) from St. Louis on September 10, 2010:

Hey, I anwered your comment before, Lorlie. Must have forgotten to hit the publish button. Anyway, sorry to hear Guy lead you astray. I like him alright, knowing something of his biography. I really like Diners, Drive Ins and Dives, but not his cooking show so much. Too many weird ingredients.

Laurel Rogers from Bishop, Ca on September 06, 2010:

Guy Fieri once led me astray, Christoph. While my son was matriculating in Sacramento, I decided to take my family to a dive he recommended there. It was closed and in a nasty part of the city.

Always trust the women!

Christoph Reilly (author) from St. Louis on September 02, 2010:

Hi BP! Yaaaaaaaaaayyyy! Oh, by the way, I've been writing hubs!. No, you never told me that I was your first crush. Is it too late to get some of that BP crush action? Did I ever tell you I had a big time crush on you and that I still adore you? Judging by what I see in the forums, I see you are still mucho popular! I thought you weren't speaking to me any more, so I have stayed away with a tear in my eye!

So, I'm sooooo happy to see you! I'll come a callin!

blondepoet from australia on September 02, 2010:

Oh Cristoph you could have told me you have been writing hubs again. Aghhhhhhhhhhh. Love this one. Did I ever tell you that you were my first major crush here on Hub Pages.

Christoph Reilly (author) from St. Louis on August 31, 2010:

Petra! Ha, ha! But trust them for what? That's the question. Sunny would not be called skinny. I would trust you, and you are skinny (not too skinny, just right!) and you're right, I get lots of ideas? Thanks for coming by and visiting. I owe you a return visit!

Petra Vlah from Los Angeles on August 31, 2010:

So Chris, you are going against the rule "do not trust a skinny chef". I am sure they prepare very sexy food, so should be ok to get ideas from them. Keep on cooking and mind your salt

epigramman on August 27, 2010:

..and oh yes - another key word to describe Christoph -

lots and lots of CHARM!!!

Christoph Reilly (author) from St. Louis on August 27, 2010:

epigramman: I have to agree on Nigella, though I don't think she has a show airing on FN right now. Maybe I should make an exception in her case!

And Julia started it all of course. Been watching her since I was a kid (she's on the new Food Channel at 1PM currently...the old ones.) As long as she doesn't make that spaghetti out of one of her own g-strings!

Thanks for all the kind words. I only wish I could confirm your suspicions. Thanks!

epigramman on August 27, 2010:

Nigella Lawson - for me - because sex appeal like food is very subjective - is the sexiest cooking expert alive!

I would eat her TV dinners - frozen - she's so hot!

Please check her out! And I also feel very attracted to Julia Childs for obvious reasons - it's her voice and the fact she could make spaghetti from a g-string!!!!

As for your sexy female chefs - good choices indeed - they say food is a grand aphrodisiac - well I say - so are your hubs and of course that profile photo - you must have an army of women beating down your door because you combine all the great qualities - wit, flair, a knowing wink, and the inimitable ability to entertain and also educate - lucky hubbers and hubbettes we are - as they say, in this business of comments - lucky to share!!!!!!

Christoph Reilly (author) from St. Louis on August 20, 2010:

Hi Beth: Thanks so much for visiting. You can get to a man's heart through his stomach, with some other important factors of course. I have found you can also get to a woman's heart that way!

Tony: I'll bet you are hungry. Unfortunately, I don't have what you crave in my pantry. Thanks!

tony0724 from san diego calif on August 20, 2010:

Now I am hungry ! ( wink wink ! )

Beth100 from Canada on August 20, 2010:

This brings a whole new twist to the saying "A man's heart is through his stomach". :) You've served these beautiful chefs up with class and a hint of mystique.

Christoph Reilly (author) from St. Louis on August 17, 2010:

Mmmmmm..that sounds delish! I generally don't make their recipes either, but I pick up tips and techniques, get ideas, and incorporate stuff into my own recipes.

L Izett from The Great Northwest on August 17, 2010:

Yeah I hope Giada doesn't turn into even a fraction of what Rachael Ray has become. Giada is the only show I would make anything from- others, I've barely heard of whatever they're cooking and wonder where the hell they get some of the ingredients, like everyone casually has caviar or lychees hanging around their kitchen cupboards. I'm more of a keep it simple, stupid cook. I make some mean (as in yummy) chocolate peanut butter and jelly cookies from one of Giada's shows.

Christoph Reilly (author) from St. Louis on August 17, 2010:

Izetti, you'll have to write the one with the dudes. Besides, the title says, "Female Chefs." The guys might be offended to be included. I agree with you about Rachael Ray. I can't watch any of those other shows (like I have time anyway.) The only thing about Giada is they are over-exposing her. She's on too much and people will tire of her. Hope not. Thanks for reading and your comment!

L Izett from The Great Northwest on August 17, 2010:

When I look at Rachael Ray now, all I see is Martha Stewart in the making- talk show, products, crap, crap, etc. Ray has always been annoying to me when I first saw her travel shows. But Giada is cool to watch and I've actually tried some of her recipes. I think you need to put a few guys on here, what about Curtis Stone- hottie!

Christoph Reilly (author) from St. Louis on August 08, 2010:

candie: thanks for reading and the comment. Yeah, Rachael's got a dynasty going all right. I don't much care for that stuff though.

Share your kitchen, huh? What kind of equipment do you have?

Candie V from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure! on August 08, 2010:

Ha!! I'll agree with Giada.. She's positively adorable and you can tell she get's her 'look' from her mom! I don't get the foody channel so I'm in the dark about all but Rachel. Another girl who took lessons from Oprah and started the beginnings of a dynasty. Great hub Chris!!

And... I'll gladly share my kitchen with you!

Christoph Reilly (author) from St. Louis on August 07, 2010:

Awww, twernt nothin', Ma'am.

mysterylady 89 from Florida on August 07, 2010:

I love it! I think you have become a very special friend.

Christoph Reilly (author) from St. Louis on August 07, 2010:

On special occasions, I throw out the "low sodium" guidelines. And you are a special occasion.

mysterylady 89 from Florida on August 07, 2010:

I guess I must buy Conroy's book. especially after hearing about the dolphin. His books do tell the same story again and again, but in so many different ways that you really stay fascinated.

I am pleased you also don't like the Neelys, even though their food may be good. I also understand what you say about the Barefoot Contessa. I guess I envy her Hamptons lifestyle.

If you cook for me, your sour dough bread is a must! I hesitate about a salt-free meal, though. I must read your hub on that.

Christoph Reilly (author) from St. Louis on August 07, 2010:

Mystery Lady: Thanks for that re. my descriptions. I needed that, and am a little embarrassed and shy about them, as silly as that sounds.

Couldn't agree more about the Neelys. I just want to slap them for Saccarine Sweetness that seems more forced than prison sex! Sorry, but don't like Contessa either cause the show's so fake.

Ha, there's a dolphin in South of Broad too. Very sweet. Hmmm, so what do you want for supper?

mysterylady 89 from Florida on August 07, 2010:

You are no longer "woefully inadequate" in describing beautiful women - your descriptions are great. My favorite chef is probably the Barefoot Contessa, but I thought using Bobby Flay would be funnier, and I like him, too. I hate the Neely's because I can't stand their "sweetie" tone and therefore cannot stand to listen to them.

I am so glad you loved Pat Conroy. I have read quite a few of his books and thoroughly enjoyed them. "Prince of Tides" contains a chapter about a dolphin that can stand alone as a masterpiece of humor.

Btw, I love it when a man cooks for me!

Christoph Reilly (author) from St. Louis on August 07, 2010:

Mysterylady: Yeah, the pictures were a pain, and Rachael Ray's are surprising and pretty nervy. You're just the person I wanted to talk to. I finished South Of Broad...oh my, it was absolutely great. I loved it; couldn't put it down, and I'm going to read a lot more of his work. Oddly, this ties in with this hub. When I started this, I was going to have a whole different attitude, kinda self-effacing about writing it in the first place and my comments were going to lean much more towards snarky, but in the middle of the first sentence - thinking about the great poetry of Conroy's writing - I completely switched and decided I was going to treat it seriously and try to use this as a way to practice describing beautiful women - a thing at which I am woefully inadequate in my fiction. So this is over the top. In reality, my reaction to these ladies is, "She's pretty cute," and that's the extent of it.

I'm a fan of Bobby Flay's too, but I don't think of him in THAT way...Ha, ha!

Christoph Reilly (author) from St. Louis on August 07, 2010:

Paradise: Sure, but I can tell you that as a fair cook myself, I love to cook for a special lady. So tell me, how to ladies feel about a guy who cooks for them?

mysterylady 89 from Florida on August 07, 2010:

You found some great pictures. A couple of Rachel Ray's surprised me. And you sure are right about Giada's cleavage.

I, of course, am partial to Bobby Flay!

Paradise7 from Upstate New York on August 07, 2010:

What could make men happier than sexy cooks? That just about covers all the bases, doesn't it?

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