Famous American Food Experts

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Anthony Bourdain
(American Celebrity Chef and TV Personality)
Anthony Bourdain
15
Birthdate: June 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: June 8, 2018

Anthony Bourdain was an American celebrity chef. He was also a renowned author, media personality and travel documentarian. His shows about the exploration of international culture and cuisine were very popular. Apart from writing several books on food and cooking and travel explorations, Bourdain also wrote fiction and historical non-fiction. In June 8, 2018, he died by suicide in France.

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Julia Child
(American Chef, Author and Television Personality)
Julia Child
13
Birthdate: August 15, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pasadena, California, United States
Died: August 13, 2004
Julia Child gained fame with her culinary show The French Chef and her cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She also founded The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and Culinary Arts. She received several Emmys and the Peabody Award for her work, and had a rose named after her.
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Bobby Flay
(Celebrity Chef Known for His Work with 'Food Network' & Owner of 'Bobby's Burger Palace', 'Mesa Grill')
Bobby Flay
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Birthdate: December 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Celebrity chef Bobby Flay is best known for his Food Network shows, such as the Emmy-nominated Hot Off the Grill with Bobby Flay. He launched many restaurants, such as the Las Vegas-based Mesa Grill and 19 outlets of Bobby's Burger Palace. He has also taught at the French Culinary Institute.
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Rachael Ray
(American Celebrity Chef and Host of the Food Network Show ‘30 Minute Meals’)
Rachael Ray
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Birthdate: August 25, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Warrensburg, New York, United States
Celebrity chef Rachael Ray is best known for her Food Network show 30 Minute Meals. She also made waves with her talk show Rachael Ray and her culinary shows such as Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels. She has also authored several cookbooks and launched the magazine Every Day with Rachael Ray.
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 5 
Paula Deen
(American Chef, Cookbook Author and TV Personality)
Paula Deen
5
Birthdate: January 19, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Albany, Georgia, United States
Culinary show host and chef Paula Deen is known for her Emmy-winning Food Network show Paula's Home Cooking. She owns Paula Deen's Creek House and The Lady & Sons restaurant. Apart from writing several cookbooks, she has also appeared in the film Elizabethtown and the show Dancing with the Stars.
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Wolfgang Puck
(Celebrity Chef and Restaurateur)
Wolfgang Puck
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Birthdate: July 8, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sankt Veit an der Glan, Austria

Wolfgang Puck is an Austrian-American restaurateur. In 1973, Puck moved to the US and opened a restaurant named Spago in 1982. He then established himself as a respected restaurateur by opening several other restaurants. In 2013, he was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame. Also an actor, Puck has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Giada De Laurentiis
(Chef and Host of 'Giada at Home')
Giada De Laurentiis
32
Birthdate: August 22, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Giada De Laurentiis is an Italian-American chef, restaurateur, television personality, and writer. She won the Gracie Award under the Best Television Host category for hosting Giada at Home. The founder of a catering business called GDL Foods, Giada De Laurentiis has been an influential figure in the American culinary business over the last few years.

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Alton Brown
(American Television Personality and Food Show Presenter)
Alton Brown
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Birthdate: July 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Alton Brown soared to fame as the creator of the Food Network culinary show Good Eats. He has also hosted shows such as Iron Chef America and Feasting on Asphalt. He has authored several bestselling cookbooks. He also created two culinary shows on YouTube during the COVID-19 lockdown.
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Typhoid Mary
(The First Person to be Identified as an Asymptomatic Carrier of the Pathogenic Bacteria 'Salmonella Typhi')
Typhoid Mary
13
Birthdate: September 23, 1869
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cookstown, County Tyrone, Ireland
Died: November 11, 1938

Irish immigrant Mary Mallon, or Typhoid Mary, worked as a cook in affluent American households. When people started falling ill in and around places where Mary had worked, it was discovered that she was an asymptomatic carrier of typhoid. Escaping every time, she caused three deaths and was eventually forcibly isolated.

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Chris Fischer
(American Chef and Farmer)
Chris Fischer
11
Birthdate: August 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chilmark, Massachusetts

Chris Fischer is an American farmer and chef who achieved national recognition in 2018 when he married popular actress and stand-up comedian Amy Schumer. Fischer, who worked at the Beach Plum Inn & Restaurant, won the Coastal New England Rising Stars Award in 2014. In 2016, he was honored with the James Beard Award for co-authoring The Beetlebung Farm Cookbook.

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Ina Garten
(Author and Host of the Food Network Show ‘Barefoot Contessa’)
Ina Garten
4
Birthdate: February 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, United States

Ina Garten is an American author and TV host best known for hosting Food Network's cooking show, Barefoot Contessa. Over the years, Garten has released several best-selling cookbooks, including The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook and Barefoot in Paris: Easy French Food You Can Make at Home.

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Eddie Huang
(Chef and Co-Owner of "BaoHaus", a Gua Bao Restaurant)
Eddie Huang
12
Birthdate: March 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Chef and food expert Eddie Huang co-owns the gua bao restaurant BaoHaus in Lower Manhattan. He has hosted shows such as Snack Off and Huang's World. His bestselling memoir, Fresh Off the Boat, was made into a sitcom of the same name. He has also been a food blogger.
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Vikas Khanna
(Chef)
Vikas Khanna
7
Birthdate: November 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Amritsar, India
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Marcela Valladolid
(American Chef and Author Known for Her TV Shows: ‘Mexican Made Easy’ and ‘Best Baker in America’)
Marcela Valladolid
13
Birthdate: July 19, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

Chef Marcela Valladolid was the host of the Food Network television series Mexican Made Easy. A graduate of the Los Angeles Culinary Institute, she is also a classically trained pastry chef. She started her own catering company and soon began hosting cookery shows on TV. She has also authored several cookbooks.

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Alex Guarnaschelli
(Chef)
Alex Guarnaschelli
14
Birthdate: June 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
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Thomas Keller
(American Chef & Restaurateur)
Thomas Keller
10
Birthdate: October 14, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, California, United States
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Christina Tosi
8
Birthdate: November 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ohio, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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Buddy Valastro
(Celebrity Baker, Reality Star Best Known for His TV Series ‘Cake Boss’, ‘Next Great Baker’ and ‘Kitchen Boss’)
Buddy Valastro
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Birthdate: March 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hoboken, New Jersey, United States

Baker Buddy Valastro, who owns Buddy V's Ristorante and Carlo's Bakery, gained fame as a reality star with his show Cake Boss. He has also appeared on shows such as Kitchen Boss, Buddy's Bakery Rescue, and Next Great Baker. He suffered a brutal hand injury in 2020.

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Anne Burrell
(American Chef and Television Presenter)
Anne Burrell
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Birthdate: September 21, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cazenovia, New York, United States

Anne Burrell is an American chef and TV personality who hosts cooking television series like Secrets of a Restaurant Chef and Worst Cooks in America. She has also competed in several cooking competition shows like Chopped All-Stars Tournament. In 2015, Anne Burrell won the fourth season of Chopped and earned $75,000, which she donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

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Geoffrey Zakarian
(Chef)
Geoffrey Zakarian
8
Birthdate: July 25, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, US
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Duff Goldman
(American Pastry Chef, Television Personality and Cookbook Author)
Duff Goldman
8
Birthdate: December 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

Duff Goldman is an American pâtissier, cookbook author, and television personality. The executive chef of Charm City Cakes shop, Goldman's work has been featured on several cooking television shows like Iron Chef America, Duff's Happy Fun Bake Time, and Food Network Challenge. Duff Goldman has made cakes for influential personalities like Barack Obama, Sir Roger Moore, and Tom Clancy.

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Lidia Bastianich
(Italian-American Celebrity Chef and Restaurateur Known for Her Cooking Shows)
Lidia Bastianich
11
Birthdate: February 21, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pula, Croatia

Lidia Bastianich is an Italian-American television host, celebrity chef, restaurateur, and author. She owns many restaurants in the US, including one in Manhattan. Bastianich is the recipient of several awards and honors, including a couple of Lifetime Achievement Awards. Also a philanthropist, Lidia Bastianich supports various non-profit organizations, such as the Columbus Citizens Foundation, which aims at promoting Italian-American heritage.

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Paul Wahlberg
(Chef, Actor and Owner of the Restaurant ‘Wahlburgers’)
Paul Wahlberg
6
Birthdate: March 20, 1964
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Chef and reality star Paul Wahlberg co-owns the restaurant Wahlburgers with his brothers, Mark and Donnie. He gained fame with his appearance on the A&E reality show named after his restaurant. He has previously worked as an executive chef and been associated with restaurants such as The Charles Hotel.
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Michael Symon
(Chef)
Michael Symon
4
Birthdate: September 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Cat Cora
(Chef best known for her featured role as an "Iron Chef" on Iron Chef America)
Cat Cora
5
Birthdate: April 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi, United States
Height: 4'11" (150 cm)
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Emeril Lagasse
(Celebrity Chef & Restaurateur Known for His Show 'Essence of Emeril' on The Food Network)
Emeril Lagasse
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Birthdate: October 15, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fall River, Massachusetts, United States
Celebrity chef Emeril Lagassé is known for his signature New New Orleans style of cooking and his catchphrases such as “Bam!” He owns several restaurants, has written many cookbooks, owns a non-profit for underprivileged children, and has also hosted Food Network shows such as Essence of Emeril and Emeril Live.
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Mario Batali
(American Celebrity Chef and Restaurateur)
Mario Batali
12
Birthdate: September 19, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States

Mario Batali is an American chef, restaurateur, writer, and media personality. He started hogging the limelight after appearing on some of Food Network's shows, such as Iron Chef America and Molto Mario. Also a well-known philanthropist and social activist, Batali established the Mario Batali Foundation in 2008, which funds pediatric disease research and various children's educational programs.

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Jose Andres
(Celebrity Chef, Restaurateur and Founder of World Central Kitchen (WCK))
Jose Andres
10
Birthdate: July 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mieres, Asturias, Spain

Jose Andres is a Spanish-born American restaurateur and chef. Andrés, who owns restaurants in many American cities like Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., New York City, Las Vegas, and Chicago, is credited with introducing the concept of small plates dining to America. Jose Andres was honored with the 2015 National Humanities Medal for founding a non-profit organization called World Central Kitchen.

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Gesine Bullock-Prado
(Pastry chef, TV personality, author)
Gesine Bullock-Prado
6
Birthdate: March 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
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Carla Hall
(Chef who appeared in the fifth and eighth seasons of Top Chef, Bravo's cooking competition show)
Carla Hall
9
Birthdate: May 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Eddie Jackson
(Chef)
Eddie Jackson
5
Birthdate: December 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Americus, Georgia, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Alice Waters
(American Chef, Restaurateur, and Author)
Alice Waters
4
Birthdate: April 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chatham, New Jersey, United States
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James Beard
(American Chef, Cookbook Author and Television Personality)
James Beard
4
Birthdate: May 5, 1903
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
Died: January 23, 1985
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Christina Wilson
(Chef as Winner of the Season 10 of the Cooking Show Hell's Kitchen)
Christina Wilson
1
Birthdate: January 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Phillipsburg, New Jersey, United States
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Rick Bayless
(American Chef and Restaurateur)
Rick Bayless
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Birthdate: November 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
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Christine Ha
(First blind contestant of MasterChef and the winner of its third season in 2012)
Christine Ha
7
Birthdate: May 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles County, California, United States
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Andre Rush
(Chef Who Worked in the White House For Four Administrations)
Andre Rush
1
Birthdate: September 7, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Columbus, Mississippi, United States
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Sunny Anderson
(American TV Presenter)
Sunny Anderson
3
Birthdate: April 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lawton, Oklahoma, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Sandra Lee
(Television chef, author known for her "Semi-Homemade" cooking concept)
Sandra Lee
17
Birthdate: July 3, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Andrew Zimmern
(American Chef, Restaurateur, Television and Radio Personality)
Andrew Zimmern
5
Birthdate: July 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Richard Blais
(American Chef, Television Personality, Restaurateur, and Author)
Richard Blais
5
Birthdate: February 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Uniondale, New York, United States
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Kristen Kish
(Chef as Winner of the 10th Season of Top Chef)
Kristen Kish
1
Birthdate: December 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea
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Tracy Griffith
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Birthdate: October 19, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
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Marcus Samuelsson
(Celebrity Chef and Restaurateur)
Marcus Samuelsson
3
Birthdate: January 25, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Ethiopian Swedish chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson currently works as the head chef of Red Rooster in Harlem, New York. Fascinated by his grandmother’s cooking, he studied at the Culinary Institute in Göteborg to learn the nuances of food preparation. In the ensuing years, he gained recognition as a world-class chef. He is also an award-winning cookbook author.

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Michael Voltaggio
(American Celebrity Chef, Restaurateur and Cookbook Author)
Michael Voltaggio
4
Birthdate: September 29, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Frederick, Maryland, United States
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Ming Tsai
(American Chef, Restaurateur, and Television Personality)
Ming Tsai
6
Birthdate: March 29, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newport Beach, California, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Sohla El-Waylly
(Who Was an Assistant Food Editor at Bon Appétit)
Sohla El-Waylly
1
Birthdate: July 15, 1985
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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Richard Deacon
(Former Gourmet Chef)
Richard Deacon
1
Birthdate: May 14, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: August 8, 1984
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Brad Leone
(Chef Notably as the Host of It's Alive with Brad)
Brad Leone
1
Birthdate: May 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Jersey, United States
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Carl Ruiz
(Chef)
Carl Ruiz
1
Birthdate: April 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey, United States
Died: September 21, 2019