Food Experts

Just as the name suggests, food experts are doyennes in the field of ‘food’ and are part of a world multi-billion dollar trade; the food industry. Starting from chefs, food critics, food lawyers, food scientists, restaurateurs, food microbiologists, nutritionists, food photographers or even farmers for that matter, food experts can be divided into any of these categories. From Doug Brochu to Heston Blumenthal and Pam Anderson to Andrew Zimmern, these personalities personify everything related to ‘food’ and are earning big bucks in this creative and dynamic industry. Food experts are trained to give advice on and conduct research on the quality of food and important food safety norms. Nutritionists are a type of food expert, who give insightful details and tailor-made diet charts for people who are either looking to gain weight, lose weight or who are simply suffering from certain ailment that requires them to change their food habits. Food experts are also veteran chefs, who have had decades of experience in professional kitchens and who ingeniously come up with several novel recipes. Food critics and columnists who provide information about crème-de la-crème restaurants and food are also food experts as they have an astute sense of food and its appeal. Here is a compilation of biographies of some of the most famous food experts, learn more fascinating facts and details about them with their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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 1 Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain.
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Listed In: Chefs
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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Listed In: Restaurateurs, Chefs
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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Listed In: Chefs
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 Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver.
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Listed In: Restaurateurs, Chefs
Famous As: Chef and Restaurateur
Birthdate: May 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Clavering, U.K.

Jamie Oliver is an English restaurateur and chef who gained international recognition after appearing on popular TV shows, such as Jamie's Kitchen and The Naked Chef. In 2005, his Feed Me Better campaign helped introduce several children to healthier foods. He also established a charity restaurant called Fifteen, which employs disadvantaged young people.

 5 Rachael Ray

Rachael Ray.
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Listed In: Chefs, TV Presenters
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.

 6 Marco Pierre White

Marco Pierre White.
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Listed In: Restaurateurs, Chefs
Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: December 11, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Leeds, United Kingdom
Marco Pierre White is known as the world’s first celebrity chef and became the youngest and the first British chef to win three Michelin stars. He has trained chefs Gordon Ramsay and Mario Batali, and has appeared on culinary shows such as Hell's Kitchen and Marco Pierre White's Kitchen Wars.

 7 David Chang

David Chang.
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Listed In: Restaurateurs, Chefs
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.

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 8 Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay.
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Listed In: Chefs
Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: November 8, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Johnstone, Scotland

A celebrated chef and restaurateur, British national Gordon Ramsay is also a writer and television personality. His TV shows about competitive cookery and food is quite popular. The Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, in Chelsea, is his signature restaurant. Known for his bluntness, short temper and strict manner, Ramsay has historically expressed a dislike for vegetarianism and veganism.

 9 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.

 10 Paul Hollywood

Paul Hollywood
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: March 1, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wallasey, England

Paul Hollywood is an English television presenter and celebrity chef. Since 2010, he has been appearing as a judge on the popular television baking competition, The Great British Bake Off. Paul Hollywood is also a motor racer. He has competed in several tournaments, such as GT Cup. In 2017, he took part in a race at Circuit of the Americas.

 11 Wolfgang Puck

Wolfgang Puck.
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Listed In: Restaurateurs, Chefs
Famous As: Chef, Restaurateur
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.

 12 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.

 13 Heston Blumenthal

Heston Blumenthal.
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Listed In: Chefs, Restaurateurs
Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: May 27, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Shepherd's Bush, London, England, United Kingdom

Heston Blumenthal is a British celebrity chef whose unusual recipes, such as Scotch eggs and triple-cooked chips have been widely imitated. He is considered a pioneer of multi-sensory cooking and his scientific approach to cooking has earned him honorary degrees from several universities. In 2004, he won the prestigious Chef Award, joining the likes of Phil Howard and Gordon Ramsay.

 14 Curtis Stone

Curtis Stone.
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Listed In: Chefs
Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: November 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne

Curtis Stone is an Australian celebrity chef, TV personality, and author. One of the proteges of Marco Pierre White, Curtis Stone is best known for appearing in several popular cooking shows, including Saturday Kitchen, Take Home Chef, and MasterChef Australia. Also known for his humanitarian efforts, Stone works closely with a domestic hunger-relief charity called Feeding America.

 15 Antoni Porowski

Antoni Porowski.
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Listed In: Chefs, Models, Actors
Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: March 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Antoni Porowski is a Polish-Canadian TV personality, actor, author, and chef. He served as the food and wine expert in the Netflix series Queer Eye. He is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. He is a self-taught cook. He was named the Sexiest Reality Star on People's annual list in 2019.

 16 Ayesha Curry

Ayesha Curry.
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Listed In: Chefs
Famous As: Celebrity Chef & Cookbook Author
Birthdate: March 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, 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. 

 17 Jacques Pepin

Jacques Pepin
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Listed In: Chefs
Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: December 18, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bourg-en-Bresse, French Third Republic France

 18 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.

 19 Giada De Laurentiis

Giada De Laurentiis.
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Listed In: Chefs
Famous As: Chef, TV personality, Writer
Birthdate: August 22, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rome

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.

 20 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.

 21 Grant Achatz

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

 22 Typhoid Mary

Typhoid Mary.
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Listed In: Chefs
Famous As: Asymptomatic carrier of typhoid fever
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.

 23 Chris Fischer

Chris Fischer.
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Listed In: Chefs
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.

 24 Vikas Khanna

Vikas Khanna
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Listed In: Chefs
Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: November 14, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Amritsar, India

 25 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.

 26 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

 27 Thomas Keller

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

 28 Paula Deen

Paula Deen.
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Listed In: Chefs
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.

 29 Robert Irvine

Robert Irvine.
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Listed In: Chefs
Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: September 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England
English celebrity chef, Robert Irvine, is also a talk show host and currently operates two restaurants: one in Las Vegas and other in The Pentagon. He has also hosted a variety of programs including Dinner: Impossible, Worst Cooks in America, Restaurant: Impossible, A Hero's Welcome. Robert Irvine is the recipient of several civilian honors for his charitable work and service on numerous USO tours.

 30 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.

 31 Katie Lee

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

 32 Salt Bae

Salt Bae
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Listed In: Chefs, Restaurateurs
Famous As: Restaurateur
Birthdate: August 9, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Erzurum, Turkey

 33 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.

 34 Auguste Escoffier

Auguste Escoffier
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: October 28, 1846
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Villeneuve-Loubet, France
Died: February 12, 1935

 35 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.

 36 Christina Tosi

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

 37 Sandra Lee

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

 38 Paul Bocuse

Paul Bocuse
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Listed In: Chefs
Famous As: Chefs
Birthdate: February 11, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or, France
Died: January 20, 2018

 39 Action Bronson

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

 40 Rick Stein

Rick Stein.
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Listed In: Chefs, Restaurateurs
Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: January 4, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Churchill, Oxfordshire, England

Celebrity chef Rick Stein has managed the U.K.’s Stein Hotel and Restaurant with his first wife, Jill Stein. He later became the head chef and co-owner of Rick Stein at Bannisters in Australia, with his second wife, Sarah. He has authored cookbooks and presented culinary shows such as Seafood Odyssey.

 41 Ainsley Harriott

Ainsley Harriott.
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Listed In: Chefs
Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: February 28, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paddington, London, England, United Kingdom

Ainsley Harriott is an English television presenter, chef, and entertainer. He is known for presenting popular cooking shows, such as Ready Steady Cook and Can't Cook, Won't Cook. A multi-talented personality, Ainsley Harriott is also a best-selling author whose books have sold more than two million copies worldwide.  He is also known for his singing and comedy skills.

 42 Rachel Khoo

Rachel Khoo.
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Famous As: Cook
Birthdate: August 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Croydon, United Kingdom

Renowned British cook Rachel Khoo was born to a Malaysian Chinese father and an Austrian mother. Trained at the Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, she started her own restaurant at her small Belleville apartment. She later gained fame for her cookbook and her BBC series named The Little Paris Kitchen.

 43 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.

 44 Lisa Faulkner

Lisa Faulkner
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Merton, London, England, UK

Named to the FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World six times, actor Lisa Faulkner is best known for her roles in series such as Murder in Suburbia and EastEnders. She has also taught at a theater school and is a talented chef, having won Celebrity Masterchef and co-hosted other cookery shows.

 45 Alain Ducasse

Alain Ducasse
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Listed In: Chefs
Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: September 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Orthez, France

 46 Joël Robuchon

Joël Robuchon
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: April 7, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Poitiers, Vienne, France
Died: August 6, 2018

 47 Alice Waters

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

 48 James Martin

James Martin
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Listed In: Chefs
Famous As: cook
Birthdate: June 30, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Malton

British chef James Martin initially gained fame with shows such as Ready Steady Cook and later hosted Saturday Kitchen for a decade. Apart from launching several restaurants, including a Michelin-starred one, he has also written food columns. He is an avid racing enthusiast and teaches at a cookery school, too.

 49 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.

 50 Andrew Zimmern

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