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Prue Leith
(British-South African Restaurateur, Chef, Television Presenter, Journalist, Cookery Writer)
Prue Leith
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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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Sarah Willingham
(Restaurateur, Businessperson)
Sarah Willingham
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Birthdate: December 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stoke-on-Trent

It is believed Sarah Willingham had begun working in the hospitality industry at age 13. Apart from managing the popular restaurants Planet Hollywood and Pizza Express, she also manages a huge portfolio that includes The Bombay Bicycle Club and The London Cocktail Club. She has also been part of Dragons' Den.

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Antonia Lofaso
(Chef)
Antonia Lofaso
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Birthdate: November 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
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Alice Waters
(American Chef, Restaurateur, and Author)
Alice Waters
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Birthdate: April 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chatham, New Jersey, United States
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Fatima Ali
(Chef, Restaurateur)
Fatima Ali
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Birthdate: August 8, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Died: January 25, 2019
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Christy Chung
(Canadian Restaurateur and Actress)
Christy Chung
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Birthdate: September 19, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montreal, Quebec, Canada
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Anna Olson
(American Pastry Chef )
Anna Olson
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Birthdate: May 4, 1968
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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Leah Chase
(Chef)
Leah Chase
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Birthdate: January 6, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: June 1, 2019
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Thomasina Miers
(English Cook, Writer, Television Presenter and the Co-founder of the Wahaca Chain of Mexican Street Food Restaurants)
Thomasina Miers
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Birthdate: February 5, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
English cook, Thomasina Miers, is the co-founder of Wahaca chain of Mexican street food restaurants. Also a writer and presenter, Miers has written books including Cook: Smart Seasonal Recipes for Hungry People, The Wild Gourmets: Adventures in Food and Freedom, with Guy Grieve, and Mexican Food Made Simple. In 2019, she became Officer of the Order of the British Empire. 
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B. Smith
(Restaurateur, Model)
B. Smith
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Birthdate: August 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Everson, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 22, 2020
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Anne-Sophie Pic
(Chef)
Anne-Sophie Pic
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Birthdate: July 12, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Valence, Drôme, France
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Kylie Kwong
(Australian Chef and Restaurateur)
Kylie Kwong
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Birthdate: October 31, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
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Nina Compton
(Runner-up on Season 11 of Top Chef)
Nina Compton
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Birthdate: October 16, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Lucia
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Ruth Fertel
(Businessperson)
Ruth Fertel
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Birthdate: February 5, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: April 16, 2002
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Margarita Fores
(Chef)
Margarita Fores
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Birthdate: March 23, 1959
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philippines
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Karen Martini
(Australian Chef and Restaurateur)
Karen Martini
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Birthdate: September 20, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Greensborough, Australia
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Rose Gray
(British Chef and Founder of the 'River Café')
Rose Gray
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Birthdate: January 28, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bedford, England
Died: February 28, 2010

Chef and cookbook author Rose Gray is best known for co-founding the Michelin-starred The River Café in London, with Ruth Rogers, her long-time collaborator, and for her series The Italian Kitchen. Before starting her cooking venture, she taught fine arts at a school. She had also opened a furniture business.

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Ashley Christensen
(American Chef, Restaurateur and Author)
Ashley Christensen
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Birthplace: Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
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Joyce Chen
(Chef)
Joyce Chen
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Birthdate: September 14, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Died: August 23, 1994
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Paola Carosella
(Chef, Businesswoman)
Paola Carosella
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Birthdate: October 30, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina

Paola Carosella is an Italian Argentine businesswoman, cook, and celebrity chef. She is best known for appearing alongside French chef Érick Jacquin and Brazilian chef Henrique Fogaça as a juror on the popular TV show, MasterChef Brazil.

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Nellie Cashman
(Restaurateur)
Nellie Cashman
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Birthdate: May 25, 1845
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Midleton, County Cork, Ireland
Died: January 4, 1925

Following the Irish Potato Famine, Irish-born Nellie Cashman and her family moved to the US. She launched a boarding house with her mother in Nevada and soon opened several restaurants. She led a rescue team to trapped gold miners in Cassiar and later became a gold prospector herself.

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Carme Ruscalleda
(Spanish Chef and Restaurateur)
Carme Ruscalleda
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Birthdate: 1952 AD
Birthplace: Sant Pol de Mar, Spain
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Ella Brennan
(Restaurateur)
Ella Brennan
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Birthdate: November 27, 1925
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: May 31, 2018
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Isabel del Puerto
(Model, Actress)
Isabel del Puerto
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Birthdate: August 7, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: March 13, 2014

Isabel del Puerto was a Mexican-American model, dancer, actress, photojournalist, writer, entrepreneur, and realtor. She contributed greatly to the prosperity of the Golden Age of Mexican cinema during the 1940s and 1950s. A multi-talented person, Isabel del Puerto lived her life to the fullest. After her retirement, she dedicated her time to help homeless people by heading a charity.

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Laila Haidari
(Activist)
Laila Haidari
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Birthdate: 1978 AD
Birthplace: Quetta, Pakistan