American Female Food Experts

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Julia Child
13
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.
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Rachael Ray
(American Celebrity Chef and Host of the Food Network Show ‘30 Minute Meals’)
Rachael Ray
27
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.
 3 
Paula Deen
(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.
 4 
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.

 5 
Katie Lee
(Cook, Author, journalist)
Katie Lee
12
Birthdate: September 14, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Huntington
 6 
Typhoid Mary
(The First Person to be Identified as an Asymptomatic Carrier of the Pathogenic Bacteria 'Salmonella Typhi')
Typhoid Mary
12
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.

 7 
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.

 8 
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
 9 
Christina Tosi
8
Birthdate: November 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ohio, United States
 10 
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.

 11 
Alex Guarnaschelli
14
Birthdate: June 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
 12 
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.

 13 
Anne Burrell
16
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.

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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
 15 
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
 16 
Kelis
(Singer-songwriter and chef who is known for her hit singles "Milkshake" and "Bossy.")
Kelis
20
Birthdate: August 21, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
 17 
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
 18 
Alice Waters
(Chef, Author)
Alice Waters
4
Birthdate: April 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chatham Borough
 19 
Molly Yeh
(Host of the Food Network cooking show Girl Meets Farm)
Molly Yeh
1
Birthdate: May 22, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Glenview, Illinois, United States
 20 
Ayesha Curry
(Host of The 'Food Network' Show 'Ayesha's Home Kitchen')
Ayesha Curry
19
Birthdate: March 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Ayesha Curry initially played guest roles in various series and films. She later gained fame with the Food Network culinary show Ayesha's Homemade and her YouTube channel, Little Lights of Mine. She has authored a cookbook and owns an olive oil brand. She is married to NBA star Stephen Curry. 
 21 
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
 22 
Jo Anne Worley
5
Birthdate: September 6, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lowell, Indiana, United States
 23 
Tracy Griffith
2
Birthdate: October 19, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
 24 
Antonia Lofaso
1
Birthdate: November 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
 25 
Amanda Freitag
4
Birthdate: May 11, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Jersey, United States
 26 
Damaris Phillips
(Chef who won the ninth season of the Food Network television series Food Network Star)
Damaris Phillips
6
Birthdate: December 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States
 27 
Christina Machamer
(Chef, Sommelier)
Christina Machamer
2
Birthdate: March 13, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St. Louis
 28 
Fatima Ali
(Chef, Restaurateur)
Fatima Ali
1
Birthdate: August 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Died: January 25, 2019
 29 
Stephanie Izard
2
Birthdate: October 30, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Evanston
 30 
Tamra Davis
(Film director)
Tamra Davis
2
Birthdate: January 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
 31 
Adina Howard
(Singer-songwriter)
Adina Howard
4
Birthdate: November 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
 32 
Pati Jinich
(Chef, TV Personality, Cookbook Author)
Pati Jinich
0
Birthdate: March 30, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
 33 
Ruth Graves Wakefield
(Chef, Patent inventor, Teacher, Businessperson, Food critic, Dietitian)
Ruth Graves Wakefield
1
Birthdate: June 17, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Walpole
Died: January 10, 1977
 34 
Anna Olson
(Television show host, cookbook author, and pastry chef)
Anna Olson
2
Birthdate: May 4, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
 35 
B. Smith
(Restaurateur, Model)
B. Smith
1
Birthdate: August 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Everson, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 22, 2020
 36 
Leah Chase
2
Birthdate: January 6, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: June 1, 2019
 37 
Sara Moulton
5
Birthdate: February 19, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City
 38 
Cathay Williams
(Chef, Military personnel)
Cathay Williams
2
Birthdate: 1844
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Independence, Missouri, United States
Died: 1893 AD
 39 
Cristeta Comerford
1
Birthdate: 1962
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sampaloc, Manila
 40 
Edna Lewis
1
Birthdate: April 13, 1916
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Freetown, Virginia, United States
Died: February 13, 2006
 41 
Fannie Farmer
1
Birthdate: March 23, 1857
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 15, 1915
 42 
Colombe Jacobsen-Derstine
(Known for Her Child Roles, Including Julie ‘the Cat’ Gaffney in the Film Series the ‘Mighty Ducks')
Colombe Jacobsen-Derstine
4
Birthdate: December 21, 1977
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
 43 
Nina Compton
(Runner-up on Season 11 of Top Chef)
Nina Compton
1
Birthdate: October 16, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Lucia
 44 
Sara La Fountain
(Finnish-American Celebrity Chef, Reality TV Personality and Cookbook Author)
Sara La Fountain
0
Birthdate: April 22, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Santa Barbara, California, United States

Born to a Finnish mother and an American father, celebrity chef Sara La Fountain grew up in Helsinki after her parents’ divorce. Now one of the world’s most-loved chefs, she has also hosted her own cookery shows, such as Avec Sara, and penned culinary books such as à la Sara.

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Ashley Christensen
1
Birthplace: Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
 46 
Koren Grieveson
0
Birthdate: November 4, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Luanda, Angola
 47 
Joyce Chen
1
Birthdate: September 14, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Died: August 23, 1994
 48 
Najat Kaanache
1
Birthdate: 1987 AD
Birthplace: San Sebastián, Spain
 49 
Sheila Lukins
2
Birthdate: November 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: August 30, 2009