Women Chefs

Throughout history, there have been many women chefs who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female chefs such as Typhoid Mary, Julia Child, Rachael Ray, Candace Nelson, Elizabeth David.The women chefs featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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Julia Child
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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.

 2 
Rachael Ray
(TV Personality, Celebrity Cook)

Rachael Ray
29
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.

 3 
Paula Deen
(TV personality)

Paula Deen
9
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
34
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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Typhoid Mary
(Asymptomatic carrier of typhoid fever, Cook)

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.

 6 
Katie Lee
(Cook, Author, journalist)

Katie Lee
12
Birthdate: September 14, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Huntington

 7 
Ina Garten
(Author and Host of the Food Network Show ‘Barefoot Contessa’)

Ina Garten
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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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Christina Tosi
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Birthdate: November 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ohio, United States

 9 
Lisa Faulkner
(Actress, Presenter and Celebrity Chef)

Lisa Faulkner
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Birthdate: February 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Merton, London, England

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.

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Prue Leith
(Celebrity Chef, Restaurateur and Judge of the Baking Show 'The Great British Bake Off')

Prue Leith
13
Birthdate: February 18, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: South Africa

British-South African chef and culinary expert Prue Leith had begun her career with a lunch-supplying business. She later launched her Michelin-starred restaurant Leith's in Notting Hill and a culinary school. Best known as a judge on The Great British Menu, she is also associated with various charitable initiatives.

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Rachel Khoo
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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.

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Marcela Valladolid
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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.

 13 
Sandra Lee
(Television chef, author known for her "Semi-Homemade" cooking concept)

Sandra Lee
19
Birthdate: July 3, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States

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

 15 

Lidia Bastianich
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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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Alice Waters
(Chef, Author)

Alice Waters
4
Birthdate: April 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chatham Borough

 17 

Anne Burrell
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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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Nadiya Hussain
(Television personality)

Nadiya Hussain
19
Birthdate: December 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England, UK

Nadiya Hussain is a British TV chef, television presenter, and author. She is best known for winning the sixth series of The Great British Bake Off. Over the years Nadiya Hussain has become a household name in the UK by hosting shows like Nadiya's Family Favourites. In 2017, she was mentioned in Debrett's' 500 most influential people in the UK list.

 19 
Ayesha Curry
(Host of The 'Food Network' Show 'Ayesha's Home Kitchen')

Ayesha Curry
18
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. 

 20 
Kelis
(Singer-songwriter and chef who is known for her hit singles "Milkshake" and "Bossy.")

Kelis
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Birthdate: August 21, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States

 21 
Cat Cora
(Chef best known for her featured role as an "Iron Chef" on Iron Chef America)

Cat Cora
3
Birthdate: April 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi, United States

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Gesine Bullock-Prado
(Pastry chef, TV personality, author)

Gesine Bullock-Prado
4
Birthdate: March 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

 23 
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

 24 
Carla Hall
(Chef who appeared in the fifth and eighth seasons of Top Chef, Bravo's cooking competition show)

Carla Hall
10
Birthdate: May 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nashville, Tennessee, United States

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Christine Ha
(First blind contestant of MasterChef and the winner of its third season in 2012)

Christine Ha
5
Birthdate: May 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles County, California, United States

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Monica Galetti
2
Birthdate: August 26, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Samoa

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Lorraine Pascale
(Television cook)

Lorraine Pascale
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Birthdate: November 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England, UK
British chef Lorraine Pascale has her TV shows in 70 countries worldwide and has sold one million books in UK. A highly successful fashion model in 1990s, Pascale is also the United Kingdom government Fostering and Adoption Ambassador. She was the first British Black model on the cover of American Elle and fronted campaigns for brands like Versace and Gap.

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Melissa Leong
(Co-host and judge of MasterChef Australia and Junior MasterChef Australia)

Melissa Leong
1
Birthdate: March 27, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

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Delia Smith
(Chef, Broadcaster, Cookery writer)

Delia Smith
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Birthdate: June 18, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Woking

Delia Smith is an English TV presenter and cook best known for teaching the basic skills involved in cooking through her books and TV shows. One of the most popular celebrity chefs in England, Smith is widely regarded as an influential personality in the culinary world. She has also contributed as a columnist for major publications like the Evening Standard.

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Dominique Crenn
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Birthdate: August 10, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Versailles, France

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Poh Ling Yeow
(Chef & Actress Known for Hosting Her Own Cooking Series on ABC Entitled 'Poh’s Kitchen')

Poh Ling Yeow
3
Birthdate: 1973 AD
Birthplace: Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Poh Ling Yeow is a Malaysian-born Australian television presenter, cook, author, actress, and artist who lives and works in Adelaide. A popular figure, Yeow has appeared in several films and popular TV shows like MasterChef Australia. Also known for her humanitarian efforts, Poh Ling Yeow donated her artwork to benefit Flinders Medical Centre in 2003.

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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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Antonia Lofaso
2
Birthdate: November 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

 34 
Fatima Ali
(Chef, Restaurateur)

Fatima Ali
1
Birthdate: August 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Died: January 25, 2019

 35 
Fanny Cradock
(Novelist)

Fanny Cradock
2
Birthdate: February 26, 1909
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Leytonstone
Died: December 27, 1994

Famous for dressing up in ballgowns and wearing heavy make-up while cooking up exotic dishes, celebrity chef Fanny Cradock initially co-wrote cookbooks and food columns with her husband Johnnie Cradock. She had married four times, and had committed bigamy twice. She was known for her signature husky voice and dramatic style.

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Amanda Freitag
2
Birthdate: May 11, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Jersey, United States

 37 
Clarissa Dickson Wright
(Celebrity chef)

Clarissa Dickson Wright
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Birthdate: June 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: St John's Wood, London, England
Died: March 15, 2014

Clarissa Dickson Wright was an English TV personality, celebrity cook, businesswoman, writer, and former barrister. Best remembered for appearing in the popular TV cooking program, Two Fat Ladies, along with Jennifer Paterson, Dickson Wright went on to become an important name in the culinary world. She also published several books and audio books pertaining to cooking.

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Damaris Phillips
(Chef who won the ninth season of the Food Network television series Food Network Star)

Damaris Phillips
5
Birthdate: December 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States

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Gail Simmons
(Writer)

Gail Simmons
2
Birthdate: May 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Candace Nelson
(Pastry Chef)

Candace Nelson
2
Birthdate: May 8, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Indonesia
Candace Nelson is a pastry chef and TV personality. She is credited with co-founding Sprinkles Cupcakes, one of the first cupcake bakeries in the world. Sprinkles currently has 24 locations across the USA and celebrities like Serena Williams, Tom Cruise, and Oprah Winfrey have publicly appreciated Sprinkles Cupcakes. Nelson also appears as a judge on TV shows like Cupcake Wars.

 41 
Christina Machamer
(Chef, Sommelier)

Christina Machamer
2
Birthdate: March 13, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St. Louis

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Stephanie Izard
2
Birthdate: October 30, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Evanston

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Pati Jinich
(Chef, TV Personality, Cookbook Author)

Pati Jinich
1
Birthdate: March 30, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico

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Larissa Takchi
(MasterChef Australia 2019)

Larissa Takchi
1
Birthdate: 1997 AD
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia

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Tamra Davis
(Film director)

Tamra Davis
2
Birthdate: January 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

 46 
Adina Howard
(Singer-songwriter)

Adina Howard
4
Birthdate: November 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

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Diana Chan
(Winner of MasterChef Australia for 2017)

Diana Chan
3
Birthdate: 1988 AD
Birthplace: Sitiawan, Perak, Malaysia

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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

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Ruth Graves Wakefield
(Chef, Patent inventor, Teacher, Businessperson, Food critic, Dietitian)

Ruth Graves Wakefield
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Birthdate: June 17, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Walpole
Died: January 10, 1977

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Jennifer Paterson
(Celebrity Cook Known for Her Liberal Use of Butter and Cream & The Show 'Two Fat Ladies')

Jennifer Paterson
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Birthdate: April 3, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kensington, London, England
Died: August 10, 1999

Jennifer Paterson was a British celebrity cook, television personality, actress, and author. She is best remembered for hosting the popular TV show Two Fat Ladies along with Clarissa Dickson Wright. She also contributed as a columnist for magazines like The Oldie and The Spectator.