1. Food
Send to a Friend via Email

Chef Bios & Interviews

Who's who in the world of cooking. Get the facts on how some of the greatest celebrity chefs became the icons they are today. How did they get their start in cooking and what are they doing today.
  1. Interviews (10)

Interview with Guy Fieri
I had the opportunity recently to speak with Food Network Star Guy Fieri (Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives; Guy's Big Bite) about his upcoming show, the second season of Ultimate Recipe Showdown.

Wylie Dufresne
Chef Wylie Dufresne is executive chef of New York's wd-50 restaurant in Manhattan's Lower East. wd-50 boasts a state-of-the-art kitchen where Dufresne perfects his craft of molecular gatronomy.

Best New Chefs Named by Food & Wine Magazine 2007
Every year Food & Wine Magazine chooses 10 up-and-coming culinary superstars. Young, but none the less experienced, nominees have been in charge of a kitchen for no more than five years. Many of today's culinary superstars were once relatively unknown. Food & Wine had the foresight to recognize their genius. Past winners include Thomas Keller,...

Ferran Adrià
Ferran Adrià has been called the world's greatest chef. He is certainly one of the most creative. Gourmet magazine referred to Adrià as "the Salvador Dalí of the kitchen". His restaurant, El Bulli, was recently named best restaurant in the world by the prestigious Restaurant magazine. Without a doubt, Ferran Adrià will hold a prominent place in culinary history.

Best New Chefs Named by Food & Wine Magazine 2006
Every year Food & Wine Magazine chooses 10 up-and-coming culinary superstars. Young, but none the less experienced, nominees have been in charge of a kitchen for no more than five years. Many of today's culinary superstars were once relatively unknown. Food & Wine had the foresight to recognize their genius. Past winners include Thomas Keller, Daniel Boulud, Rick Bayless, Gary Danko, Todd English, Allen Susser, Tom Colicchio, Gale Gand, Suzanne Goin, John Besh, and other greats.

2006 World's Most Beautiful Chefs
Chefs are as much celebrities as movie stars or professional athletes. Here are some the most beautiful (and talented) in the business.

Top Chef New Orleans Names Season 11 Contestants
Hard to believe, but the newest installment of Bravo's Top Chef will mark eleven seasons for the Emmy and James Beard award-winning show. Head Judge Tom Colicchio and Host Padma Lakshmi will return Wednesday, October 2 where "chef'testants' will again compete for a $125,000 cash prize, a feature in Food & Wine magazine, a showcase at the Annual Food & Wine Classic in Aspen and the title of “Top Chef.”

Giada de Laurentiis Biography
Giada de Laurentiis is the charming host of the Food Network’s hit show, Everyday Italian. A private chef and caterer in Los Angeles, Giada had no intention of getting into the family business of entertaining (she is the granddaughter of the famous producer Dino de Laurentiis).

Rachael Ray Biography - Celebrity Chef Bio
It’s easy to dismiss Rachael as an amateur chef. She uses boxed ingredients, she hates specialty foods in recipes, her food often has silly nicknames, and she uses abbreviations like EVOO for extra-virgin olive oil. But people love Rachael because of her engaging personality, her recipes fit the American lifestyle – cheap and easy, and most importantly, Rachael Ray is someone they can relate to.

Mario Batali Biography
Mario Batali, the zealous and stylish star of the Food Network, has become one of the most recognizable chefs in America. With a restaurant empire, several cookbooks, a line of food products, and appearances on television and in print too numerous to mention, it is hard to discuss current culinary trends in America without citing the name of Mario Batali.

Jamie Oliver Biography
Jamie Oliver is as much a humanitarian as a great cook. A very skilled chef, Jamie has chosen not to create a restaurant empire like many of his contemporaries but rather start a cooking school for underprivileged youth and campaign for better food in the school systems. His charming personality and good looks have made him a television star, as well as creating numerous book deals.

Rocco DiSpirito Biography
Rocco DiSpirito has had an illustrious career full of awards and recognition. Once viewed as having a very bright career, Rocco, still in his early 30's, is a chef without a restaurant. An extraordinary chef with keen business skills, it remains a mystery why Rocco's endeavors continue to fail. Will Rocco ever reach his full potential?

Mario Batali Biography
Mario Batali, the zealous and stylish star of the Food Network, has become one of the most recognizable chefs in America. With a restaurant empire, several cookbooks, a line of food products, and appearances on television and in print too numerous to mention, it is hard to discuss current culinary trends in America without citing the name of...

Emeril Lagasse Biography
Emeril Lagasse, CEO of the Emeril Empire, is the definition of celebrity chef and has changed how most of the world sees restaurants and culinary professionals. Through his cooking shows and books, Emeril has made chefs more human and approachable

Anthony Bourdain Biography
Anthony Bourdain is the anti-celebrity chef. He’s crass and offensive. He's also a great cook, a great writer, and has an infectious passion for food of every kind. His passion and adventurous spirit are what have created millions of gourmet fans around the world. Chef Bourdain may have turned more people onto good food than any five-star,...

Paula Deen Biography - Celebrity Chef Bio
Paula Deen is a true American success story. Newly divorced, almost penniless, afraid of public places, and trying to raise two teenage sons, Paula could have easily become another sad forgotten story. Instead, Paula Deen took what she knew, Southern cooking, and with it not only overcame her situation but has became a huge success with her own restaurant and popular television show.

Anthony Bourdain Biography
Anthony Bourdain, executive chef of Brasserie Les Halles in New York City, is the anti-celebrity chef. He’s crass, offensive, and doesn’t wear starched, white jackets or fancy hats. He is, however, a great cook, a great writer, and has an infectious passion for food of every kind. His passion and adventurous spirit are what have created millions of gourmet fans around the world.

Gordon Ramsay Biography
Gordon Ramsay has been called a lot of things in his life. “Nice guy” probably isn’t one of them. Chef Ramsay is more known for his temper and scathing outbursts in the kitchen. However, despite his unconventional management style, he is without a doubt one of the best chefs in the world and has several successful restaurants to prove it.

Gordon Ramsay Biography
Gordon Ramsay has been called a lot of things in his life. “Nice guy” probably isn’t one of them. Chef Ramsay is more known for his temper and scathing outbursts in the kitchen. However, despite his unconventional management style, he is without a doubt one of the best chefs in the world and has several successful restaurants to prove it.

Emeril Lagasse Biography
Emeril Lagasse, CEO of the Emeril Empire, is the definition of a celebrity chef. He has changed how most of the world sees restaurants and culinary professionals. Through his cooking shows and books, Emeril has made cooking entertaining and given chefs everywhere celebrity status.

Susanna Foo Biography
In 1987, Susanna and her husband, E-Hsin, opened their own restaurant, Susanna Foo Chinese Cuisine, in Philadelphia. Susanna and her restaurant have earned national acclaim for her fusion of Chinese and French cooking, including being named one the Best New Chefs in 1989 by Food & Wine Magazine and two James Beard Awards.

Edna Lewis Biography - The Grande Dame of Southern Cooking
A tiny, wisp of a woman, Edna Lewis was a giant in the culinary world and in life. The granddaughter of freed slaves, Edna would grow up to be a great chef, culinary ambassador, and caretaker of genuine Southern cooking. She would inspire a generation of young chefs and ensure that the traditional folkways of the South would not be forgotten. More than a skilled cook, Edna Lewis touched the lives of those around her with grace and the beauty of life. She will be deeply missed.

2012 James Beard Foundation Awards - Winners
The James Beard Foundation is the most prestigious organization in the professional culinary world. Since 1986, the annual James Beard Foundation Awards honor the best chefs, restaurant professionals, food writers and other media in the industry.

You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Discuss in my forum

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.