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: Celebrity Chef, TV Personality
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.

 2 Bobby Flay

Bobby Flay
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Famous As: Chef
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.

 3 Julia Child

Julia Child
11
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
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 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.

 6 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.

 7 Emeril Lagasse

Emeril Lagasse
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Famous As: Chef, Restaurateur
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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 8 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.

 9 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.

 10 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

 11 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.

 12 Chris Fischer

Chris Fischer
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Famous As: Chef
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.

 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 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.

 15 Katie Lee

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

 16 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.

 17 Grant Achatz

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

 18 Christina Tosi

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

 19 Sandra Lee

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

 20 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

 21 Action Bronson

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

 22 Adam Richman

Adam Richman
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Famous As: TV host on various dining and eating-challenge programs on the Travel Channel.
Birthdate: May 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 23 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.

 24 David Burtka

David Burtka
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Famous As: Actor, Chef
Birthdate: May 29, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dearborn, Michigan, United States

David Burtka is an American actor and chef. He is known for his roles in popular television series, such as How I Met Your Mother. An openly gay actor, David Burtka serves as an inspiration to the LGBT community. Along with his husband Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka contributes to the welfare of the LGBT community.

 25 Buddy Valastro

Buddy Valastro
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Famous As: Baker, Reality TV Personality
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.

 26 Carl Ruiz

Carl Ruiz
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: April 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey, United States
Died: September 21, 2019

 27 Anne Burrell

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

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.

 28 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

 29 Andrew Zimmern

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

 30 Duff Goldman

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

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.

 31 Graham Elliot

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

 32 Kelis

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

 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 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.

 35 Eddie Jackson

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

 36 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

 37 Michael Symon

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

 38 Cat Cora

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

 39 Alice Waters

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

 40 Geoffrey Zakarian

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

 41 Carla Hall

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

 42 Michael Paré

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

 43 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

 44 Molly Yeh

Molly Yeh
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Famous As: Host of the Food Network cooking show Girl Meets Farm
Birthdate: May 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Glenview, Illinois, United States

 45 Rick Bayless

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

 46 Christine Ha

Christine Ha
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Famous As: First blind contestant of MasterChef and the winner of its third season in 2012
Birthdate: May 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles County, California, 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 Roy Choi

Roy Choi
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Famous As: Chef who gained prominence as the creator of the gourmet Korean-Mexican taco truck Kogi
Birthdate: February 24, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Seoul, South Korea

 50 Richard Blais

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