Famous American Food Experts

Do you know that food tasting is a professional job? Yes, you heard it right. Some people actually get paid to taste lip-smacking and mouth-watering delights from top chefs. Same goes for food photography as well. Clicking tempting delicacies from various angles is an art and not a child’s play. If you ever had your hands on a lifestyle magazine, you would know that the food section is simply an unputdownable segment. You have expert comments from food nutritionists, critic comments about the new restaurant off the block, secret recipes of some delicious deserts by renowned chefs, unknown facts of foodstuff from food scientists and some handy tips on preserving and preparing food by food aficionados - a complete world on its own, isn’t it? Well, that is most of what we mean by the phrase ‘food experts’. From chefs to critics, food lawyers to food scientists, nutritionists to microbiologists, food photographer to farmer, the profile of food experts varies. They give us an insight into the world of professional and in-house cooking, some rare and unknown facts about fares, some tips on having a balanced diet, a bevy of not-to-miss world-class eateries, incredible recipes, and so much more. They personify everything related to food. And it to these that we have this section here. Dig in to find out some interesting information about American food experts, their life and their ‘food’ work.

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 1 Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain.
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Famous As: Chef, Author, T.V. Personality
Birthdate: June 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, 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.

 2 Bobby Flay

Bobby Flay.
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Famous As: American chef
Birthdate: December 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S
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.

 3 Julia Child

Julia Child.
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: August 15, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pasadena, California
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.

 4 Rachael Ray

Rachael Ray.
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Famous As: TV Personality, Celebrity Cook, Author
Birthdate: August 25, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Glens Falls, 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 Guy Fieri

Guy Fieri.
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Famous As: Restaurateur, Cookbook Author
Birthdate: January 22, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States

Primarily a restaurateur, Guy Fieri is a testimony to the fact that any professional can become famous if they are passionate enough in doing what they do best. From being a restaurateur, he went on to become a TV personality, hosting shows for Food Network channel. By mid-2010, he had become the face of the network.

 6 David Chang

David Chang.
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Famous As: Restaurateur
Birthdate: May 8, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Virginia, United States

David Chang revolutionized the culinary world with his brand Momofuku, which owns several noodle bars across the world, including a 2-Michelin-star restaurant. He has produced the Netflix shows Ugly Delicious and Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner. Several issues of his food magazine Lucky Peach have been NYT bestsellers.

 7 Mario Batali

Mario Batali.
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Famous As: Chef
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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 8 Emeril Lagasse

Emeril Lagasse.
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Famous As: Chef, Restaurateur
Birthdate: October 15, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fall River, Massachusetts
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.

 9 Trisha Yearwood

Trisha Yearwood.
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 19, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Monticello, Georgia, United States

Trisha Yearwood is an American recording artist, television personality, actress, author, and celebrity chef. She is credited with releasing several chart-busting albums that have sold millions of copies worldwide. Also known for her philanthropic activities Trisha Yearwood has been supporting Habitat for Humanity, a charity home building group, for many years now.

 10 Chris Fischer

Chris Fischer.
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: August 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chilmark, Massachusetts

 11 Dom DeLuise

Dom DeLuise
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died: May 4, 2009

 12 Alton Brown

Alton Brown.
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Famous As: TV Personality, Celebrity Chef, Author
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.

 13 Debi Mazar

Debi Mazar.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 13, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jamaica, New York, United States
Debi Mazar is known for films such as Goodfellas and Little Man Tate and series such as L.A. Law and Civil Wars. She has also appeared in several videos by Madonna. She is married to Italian celebrity chef Gabriele Corcos and co-hosts the show Extra Virgin with him.

 14 Katie Lee

Katie Lee
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Famous As: Cook, Author, journalist
Birthdate: September 14, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Huntington

 15 Eddie Huang

Eddie Huang.
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Famous As: Author
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.

 16 Grant Achatz

Grant Achatz
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: April 25, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint Clair, Michigan, United States

 17 Jill St. John

Jill St. John.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 19, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Jill St. John is an American actress best known for portraying the first American Bond girl Tiffany Case in the 1971 film Diamonds Are Forever. Jill St. John is also credited with founding the Aunts Club, a group of women who provide financial support for children.

 18 Christina Tosi

Christina Tosi.
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: November 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ohio, United States

 19 Thomas Keller

Thomas Keller.
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Famous As: American Chef & Restaurateur
Birthdate: October 14, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, California, United States

 20 Action Bronson

Action Bronson
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Flushing, New York, United States

 21 Sandra Lee

Sandra Lee
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Famous As: chef
Birthdate: July 3, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 22 Paula Deen

Paula Deen.
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Famous As: TV personality
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.

 23 Joe Bastianich

Joe Bastianich.
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Famous As: Restaurateur
Birthdate: September 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Astoria, New York, United States
Restaurateur and winemaker Joe Bastianich co-owns 30 restaurants across four countries, with his mother, Lidia Bastianich. His ventures include the Michelin-star-rated Babbo and the Pizzeria brand of eateries in Los Angeles. He has been a judge on the MasterChef franchise and has also authored several cookbooks and a bestselling autobiography.

 24 Marcela Valladolid

Marcela Valladolid.
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Famous As: Chef
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.

 25 Buddy Valastro

Buddy Valastro.
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Famous As: Chef, Reality TV Personality
Birthdate: March 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hoboken, New Jersey

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.

 26 Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern
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Famous As: Television presenter, Writer
Birthdate: July 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City

 27 Anne Burrell

Anne Burrell
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: September 21, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cazenovia

 28 Duff Goldman

Duff Goldman
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: December 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Detroit

 29 Alex Guarnaschelli

Alex Guarnaschelli
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: June 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

 30 Kelis

Kelis
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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Chef
Birthdate: August 21, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City

 31 Alice Waters

Alice Waters
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Famous As: Chef, Author
Birthdate: April 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chatham Borough

 32 Gesine Bullock-Prado

Gesine Bullock-Prado
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Famous As: Chef, Lawyer
Birthdate: March 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

 33 Paul Wahlberg

Paul Wahlberg.
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Famous As: Chef & Reality TV Star
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Dorchester, 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.

 34 Graham Elliot

Graham Elliot
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: January 4, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States

 35 Cat Cora

Cat Cora
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: April 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jackson

 36 Geoffrey Zakarian

Geoffrey Zakarian
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: July 25, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, US

 37 Eddie Jackson

Eddie Jackson
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: December 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Americus, Georgia, United States

 38 Carla Hall

Carla Hall
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: May 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nashville

 39 Michael Paré

Michael Paré.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 9, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York

 40 Aarón Sanchez

Aarón Sanchez
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: February 12, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: El Paso

 41 James Beard

James Beard
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Famous As: Chef, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: May 5, 1903
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Portland
Died: January 21, 1985

 42 Michael Symon

Michael Symon
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: September 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

 43 Rick Bayless

Rick Bayless
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Famous As: Chef, Restaurateur
Birthdate: November 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oklahoma City

 44 Christine Ha

Christine Ha
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Birthdate: May 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles County

 45 Bruno Kirby

Bruno Kirby
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 28, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: August 14, 2006

 46 Lauren Tewes

Lauren Tewes.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 26, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Braddock, Pennsylvania, United States

 47 Jo Anne Worley

Jo Anne Worley.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 6, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lowell, Indiana, United States

 48 Amanda Freitag

Amanda Freitag
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: May 11, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Jersey, United States

 49 Damaris Phillips

Damaris Phillips
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: December 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fayette County

 50 Richard Blais

Richard Blais
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: February 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Uniondale