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Top 10 Sexiest Chefs?


Probably not the Top 10 I'd choose :-)

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  1. Can't us guys have a say in this? Marcela Valladolid is a babe!

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    1. re: Veggo

      Here you go Veggo


      Y Marcela es el number diez en las lista :-)

      1. re: DiningDiva

        the fact that nigella lawson is number two automatically disqualifies that list from validity in my book

      2. re: Veggo

        Veggo, not all are chefs, but here are mine, in no particular order, and just because you might be annoying, doesn't mean you can't be hot.

        Ingrid Hoffman
        Gail Simmons
        Claire Robinson
        Cat Cora
        Gina Neely
        Casey Thompson
        Lee Ann Wong
        Giada De Laurentis
        Rachel Ray
        Sara Moulton
        Donatella Arpaia
        Amanda Freitag (with her hair down)

            1. re: invinotheresverde

              Ok, just seeing if the guys were paying attention, sexy, maybe not, but I find her cute. Maybe it's because she like pigs, just like my wife does. Please, no pig jokes.

          1. re: James Cristinian

            I'd have to put Laura Calder (French Food at Home) on that list

            1. re: James Cristinian

              Rachel Ray could hitchhike cross country and not get hit on. Claire Robinson is hot.

                  1. re: phantomdoc

                    I don't know, I'm an older guy. I remember when she started out on 30 minute meals, all cute and bubbly. And then $40 a Day, and I still really liked her and thought I wouln'td mind traveling with her. And now if I were driving down the road and she were to be standing there still looking better than me and stickin her multi millilion $$$ income at me, I would find her even more adorable than 15 years ago.

                    1. re: junescook

                      +1, Junescook. There is an old Seinfled joke/episode, where George and Jerry are discussing how attracted they are to hotel chambermaids. Essentially their agreement came down to (paraphrasing, here): "What's not to like? It''s a woman in your room.". As for Rachel Ray: a curvy young woman who never tires of preparing burgers and smashed potatoes and tries way too hard to be accepted; what's not to like?

              1. Let me see....
                1. Hubert Keller
                2. Eric Ripert
                3. Susur Lee
                4. Chris Costentino
                5. Aaron Sanchez
                6. Michel Richard (yep, I'm serious. I find him very sexy in a teddybear way)
                7. David Meyers
                8. Michael Symon
                9. Michael Psilakis
                10.Me (per my husband.)
                That's what I got!

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                1. re: mamachef

                  Mamachef, I like your list better than Slash Foods :-)

                  1. re: DiningDiva

                    So agree. I'd keep Jamie (not really sexy but he has that sort of cute boyishness) on the list but otherwise I'm totally with you (adding my other picks below...).

                    1. re: chefathome

                      I'd probably add a couple to Mamachef's list.

                      One is a chef sexiest chef you've never heard of (yet), Javier Plascenica of the Plascencia Group in Tijuana/San Diego. http://blogs.laweekly.com/squidink/20...

                      This picture doesn't do him justice. He's very charismatic and oozes charm and sex appeal. Amazingly enough, he's a really nice guy.

                      Having actually met Rick Bayless in person, I'd have to add him to the list. He's got the most intensely blue eyes...

                      1. re: DiningDiva

                        rick bayless was who i was thinking was missing. and i do like jamie oliver and curtis stone a bit.

                  2. re: mamachef

                    mamachef, I also agree with your list, but I'd add Jacques Pepin.

                    1. re: mamachef

                      Frankly my dear, I only agree with your husband......

                      1. re: mamachef

                        Michael Symon for sure! Those twinkly eyes, that giggle. . .that giggle

                        1. re: Bellachefa

                          I think Symon is kind of cute, too. Love his twinkly eyes. Love his giggle, until I start thinking of hearing it in, um, non-cooking situations. But I'd probably still keep him on the list.

                          1. re: debbiel

                            lol. hilarious. but he's adorable. and having met him in cleveland he really is awesome.

                        2. re: mamachef

                          Oh yeah, how I love me some of that Michel Richard. Great list!
                          I also have a crush on Heston Blumenthal.
                          And Peter Reinhart, breadbaker.
                          And Russ Parsons, from the Los Angeles Times food section.
                          And Ben Ford, chef/owner of Ford's Filling Station

                          1. re: la vida dulce

                            Brother Peter!! You so called it!! (I grew up in the town right next to where he baked...)

                          2. re: mamachef

                            I like your inclusion of Keller, Lee, and Symon.

                            As much as I like Jamie Oliver, I don't find him sexy - nor Rocco or Flay. Curtis Stone - meh.

                            1. re: mamachef

                              My list would include that guy from Chuck's Day Off and Tyler Florence now that he's packed on a few years and a few pounds. Hubert and Eric are sexy. Rick Moonen is sexy. Ming Tsai is too in an he-doesn't-know-how-cute-he-is kind of way. Symon's fun but not, for me, sexy. Once upon a time I'd have put Todd English on this list but then I saw an episode of that show he did and I have to say, as soon as he opens his mouth it's all over--for god's sake, he calls everybody in earshot, including the cameraman, 'babe'. Seems way too sold on himself--major ugh.

                              1. re: Neecies

                                Tyler Florence now that he's packed on a few years and a few pounds.
                                interesting how all our tastes vary. i like the extra years on him, but not the extra lbs.

                                i was definitely digging RM during Top Chef Masters...i think it's partly the glasses.

                              2. re: mamachef

                                Love your list and yes I second Michel Richard, I got the chance to meet him and drink lots of wine with him...it was amazing day!

                                There is always my personal Favs... John Besh and Michael Chiarello

                                1. re: bermudagourmetgoddess

                                  Oh, you ARE a lucky goddess, aren't you? Was it totally one of the best things that ever happened to you? Was he as nice and teddybearish as he seems?
                                  I stepped out of Chef Keller's place to have a smoke many years ago, and the kitchen door opened and out came the man himself. He stepped back inside and came out with a small snifter of good brandy, "zo zat you can ztay waaaarm," and stayed to talk about food and our dinner that night. What a charmer. My husband knows Hubert's my one-time-one-time only if I ever get the chance - but in all fairness, his is Fergie from Blackeyed Peas, and I think the chance of either of us making our scores is about as likely as us learning to invent a time-travel machine. So no worries.
                                  Michael Chiarello is one goodlooking man. But I can't get behind sexy, because of his arrogance. To me, sexy involves kindness and humility, and those, he really hasn't got.

                                  1. re: mamachef

                                    And you're the lucky mama. Your Hubert story just reinforces him as #1 on my list. I may have to fly to California and stand outside his restaurant smoking.

                                    1. re: gaffk

                                      gaffk, it was a GOOD thing he brought the brandy, 'cause it loosened my tongue to the point that I could speak intelligently. At first, I felt like I was just going to stand there beaming, nodding, and drooling....looking like a compleat idiot-child.

                                      Ok, so for a minute I did. That might be why he brought me a hit of booze in the first place. (Oh, and when you go? You have to be out BACK, by the kitchen entrance)

                                      1. re: mamachef

                                        Not that I'm a stalker or anything ;)

                                    2. re: mamachef

                                      WOW love your story!
                                      It was one of the best (second chef best was meeting Jeffery Steingarten... we were all drunk and it was FUN FUN, even called my husband a "Big Boy" )

                                      When I was the catering manager at Rockfish Grill in the old Newstead hotel here in Bermuda we hosted a Celebrity Chef Dinner and he was Celebrity Chef. He brought his own case of wine and every so offten he would come to my office and off to the patio that over looked the harbour and have wine...then back to the kitchen...this went on all day, I was lucky to be sober to eat (took a nap) He is so nice and gracious! and yes teddy bear like...love a man with a beard

                                      Chef Keller!!!...lucky you!! Yeah he is so good looking so distinguished...need to put him on my freebe list too

                                      Good call on Chiarello - never thought of it but now that you have said it you are right!

                                      1. re: mamachef

                                        I was surprised no one had mentioned Chiarello until now (unless I missed it?) Anyway, I feel the same way about him you do. He's very self-satisfied and smarmy.

                                        1. re: flourgirl

                                          Agree with the comments on Chiarello. Humility is certainly more attractive to me than arrogance and smarminess. He, unfortunately, does not appear all that humble...but then these comments are tricky as it is not as though most of us really KNOW any of these chefs personally to determine what they are truly like inside. Having said that, it appears at times as though celebrity chefs show their true colours in obvious ways, yet sometimes it is almost difficult to separate the fiction from non fiction. Some people are also better judges of character than others.

                                          Ramsay's TV personality is a total turnoff but I obviously do not know what he is really like inside. To me what is inside contribues hugely to whether a person is sexy or not. And usually what is inside is reflected on the outside in a person's actions and reactions.

                                          1. re: chefathome

                                            As you say, chefathome, it's hard to divine one's true personality when one is doing their tv persona. I did have the privilege of meeting Chef Ramsay, though; and although it was a public event where he was EXPECTED to behave, he came across as a charming, humble, and exceedingly gracious man. Also he's better-looking in person than on-camera. And based on a story by MP White, GR came up the way they all did; making mistakes, being humiliated to the point of tears.....my point being, there's some vulnerability in there too. And my impression is that he demands no more of his staff than he demands of himself.

                                            1. re: chefathome

                                              For me, Ramsay's shown enough of a difference on his various shows for me to know that his American HK persona isn't him through and through. Is it part of him? Probably, especially when confronted by donkeys. :-) But I also think it's overblown specifically for TV. He's way different (from what I've seen) on his British TV shows.

                                              1. re: LindaWhit

                                                Ramsay is a smart guy and I'm sure he knows that his over the top belligerent style is what draws viewers in on Hell's Kitchen and, when appropriate, on Kitchen Nightmares. He was more respectful and mellow on MasterChef when he was dealing with amateurs.

                                                I will say this about Ramsay, I've seen him when he's been a guest on The Tonight Show where you'd expect him to be more "himself" and he does come across as being a male chauvanistic and very arrogant.

                                              2. re: chefathome

                                                I didn't make my judgment about chiarello just based on his tv persona (althought that certainly doesn't help him.) It's also based on interviews with him that I've read, his voice in his books & some of the choices he's made in his personal life.

                                                That said, I took "Bottega" out of the library on a whim and was completely surprised by how much I love the book. I ended up buying it - and I never thought I'd buy any of his books. I dislike him that much.

                                                1. re: flourgirl

                                                  Flourgirl, please don't think I meant you passing judgement! I meant people tend to do that in general - myself included.

                                                  What a pleasant surprise re the book! I haven't read "Bottega", either, but I am now intrigued and wiling to give it a go...

                                                  1. re: chefathome

                                                    There's a recipe in there for a roasted beet salad with blue cheese cream and creamy pistachio viniagrette that I can't wait to make. There's also a recipe for a shaved brussels sprout salad with sieved eggs, chopped marcona almonds and a citrus viniagrette that has me drooling - which is pretty amazing considering that I intensely dislike brussels sprouts!

                                                    1. re: flourgirl

                                                      i love brussels sprouts. that sounds awesome.

                                                      1. re: AMFM

                                                        I just may learn to love brussels sprouts too, after making this recipe. A girl can always hope.

                                                        1. re: flourgirl

                                                          roast them. 400 degrees. with olive oil. till they get carmelized and a bit crispy. some sea salt.

                                                          simple and awesome. :) could eat way too many - but then i pay! lol.

                                                          1. re: AMFM

                                                            And make sure you toss in any leaves that fall off after cutting off the root ends. Those are the best "crispies". :-)

                                                            1. re: AMFM

                                                              Thanks, I love roasted veggies, make them all the time, but I never thought to try it with brussels sprouts. You know, because of the whole "intensely dislike" thing. I'll have to try it though. You never know. And thanks Linda, I'll make sure to do that.

                                                              (i have to say, I'm not real hopeful - I have tried brussels sprouts all kinds of way, even in recipes that involve a lot of bacon, because you know, bacon makes EVERYTHING taste good. But nope, they still tasted just like brussels sprouts to me - and that's not good.)

                                                              1. re: flourgirl

                                                                flourgirl, a suggestion...if you can find a store that sells brussels sprouts "loose" vs. in the cardboard cup, try buying maybe 10 of them to try out the roasting method.

                                        2. Tyler Florence gets my number one, but I totally see what mama's getting at with Hubert Keller. There's just something about him...

                                          Todd English is pretty hot, too.

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                                          1. re: invinotheresverde

                                            English? ewwww have you met him? creepy
                                            same with collicheo

                                            1. re: Bellachefa

                                              I love that dark, brooding look. English totally does it for me. Tom Colicchio, on the other hand, is not my bag.

                                              1. re: invinotheresverde

                                                see, English is the perfect example of one that i think is handsome, but not sexy...there's a huge difference to me.

                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                  have at him invino - we won't get in your way!

                                              2. re: Bellachefa

                                                Agreed on English--he seems a bit smarmy.

                                                But I've met Collichio and he struck me as very warm. Plus, he has killer blue eyes.

                                                1. re: Bellachefa

                                                  Todd English and me could hang out only if he was committed to sitting in a chair with duct tape over his mouth. He would have to agree to losing the broody, angry look. Then, we could just sit there and I could just look at him, and look at him, and look at him.
                                                  Then, it would work just fine. I've heard he suffers from a case of Irritating Personality, but just to sit in silence and gaze upon all that fine gorgeousness......yum.
                                                  I bet it would make him really uncomfortable, too. :0)

                                                2. re: invinotheresverde

                                                  I was just thinking about Todd English, invino! And Kerry Simon; and Larry Forgione. And you know who I also loved for his Teddybear thing? Jan Birnbaum. But then he went and lost all the weight and just looks a little cadaverous now.

                                                3. Adamantly disagree with some of these, especially Gordon Ramsay! I would add David Rocco to the list. Heston Blumenthal has that certain something to me - I am fiercely attracted to his scientific mind and to me that is sexy. Although she is not a chef, my husband would likely add Nigella Lawson.

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                                                  1. re: chefathome

                                                    Agreed. Seeing him at the start of the list made me consider not reading on. I did read on, mostly to make sure that Ripert was given proper respect. At #3, he was NOT. Tsk tsk.

                                                  2. well, sexy and good-looking are completely different, IMO. my choices for sexiest in no particular order:
                                                    Rocco Dispirito
                                                    Michael Symon
                                                    Eric Ripert
                                                    Scott Conant
                                                    Hubert Keller
                                                    Chris Cosentino
                                                    Michael Psilakis
                                                    Seamus Mullen
                                                    Govind Armstrong
                                                    Tom Colicchio

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                                                      1. re: DiningDiva

                                                        i'm obsessed with him lately...i'd eat at Scarpetta every day if i could.

                                                        1. re: Miss Needle

                                                          i left out Top Chef contestants because i didn't have enough spaces :)

                                                          my top three:
                                                          Tre Wilcox
                                                          Sam Talbot
                                                          Michael Voltaggio

                                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                            Sam Talbot
                                                            Tre Wilcox
                                                            Brian Voltaggio :-)

                                                        2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                          I agree that sexy and good looking are completely different.

                                                          Ramsay has a face like a shar pei.. but sexy? yes.
                                                          Symon? yes Colicchio, yes.

                                                          Gah... I read the female list... if a man can find Rachael Ray "sexy" ......She's a fairly attractive human. But sexy? no.

                                                          1. re: Firegoat

                                                            The hosts of my morning drive sports show thinks Rachel is hot, and Giada hotter.

                                                            1. re: Firegoat

                                                              Hey, some of us find the bright, funny "girl-next-door" type a lot more sexy than the smoky Pahdma types. I'm sure she thinks she's sexier than I do. Chacun à son goût.

                                                              1. re: junescook

                                                                She's well past girl. I could give Sunny or Claire that. But on this I don't think we can agree.

                                                                1. re: Firegoat

                                                                  She's neither bright nor a chef. Teaching poor cooking techniques is not sexy. She may be cute, she may be perky, but sexy?

                                                                    1. re: Firegoat

                                                                      Your link doesn't work, and we get you don't like Rachel.

                                                                    2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                      I Googled this by accident one day, and I, my wife, and sister in law all concluded it was a fake. It isn't, having read Rachel's comments on it. It is not surprising on the negative backlash on her, most of the ones so far appear to be female. Most guys I talk to agree shje is definitely sexy.

                                                                      1. re: James Cristinian

                                                                        well if by faked you mean photoshopped, then yes. Even Rachael admits that shoot was photoshopped.

                                                                      2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                        well... there goes any hope of her ever being on my list.

                                                                        1. re: mattstolz

                                                                          ha! sorry, didn't mean to run her for you :)

                                                                  1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                    Best list yet, I think. I'll be lazy and just go with yours, if that's ok.

                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                      ghg, you KNOW I love you. But come on - Rocco as #1?

                                                                      My list taken from yours:

                                                                      Move Ripert up to #1, move Colicchio up to #2, and move Keller up to #3, and I'm good. Oh, and while he's no longer a chef, throw Anthony Bourdain into that mix, of course.

                                                                      WHAT a surprise, huh? ;-)

                                                                      1. re: LindaWhit

                                                                        i specifically said they were *in no particular order* ;)

                                                                        and you can have Tony - as much as i adore his snark, the old days with the ever-present cigarette hanging out of his mouth killed his sex appeal for me.

                                                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                          Yes, but even *in no particular order* Rocco doesn't deserve spot #1. :-P

                                                                          Yeah, AB's cigarette days would have made him less desirable to me as well. But he's past that. So I'll take him. ;-)

                                                                          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                            It's just that nasty-boy old school sexiness; that grit, that "gets me" about Bourdain. His affectations on American TV seem to me to be just that; a persona that he's developed that plays into his role as hipster judge. What I have observed in his unguarded moments, especially when he's dealing with another culture, is that he has quite a bit of respect and diplomacy. It's when he's in his role as judge that more edge is called for, and he pulls out the snark and sarcasm to satisfy the quota. I have a friend who used to play weekly poker with him, and he told me that 'Tony (as they were allowed to address His Nibs) was actually a very funny and kind man. Who tried, invariably, to cheat; and didn't have a very good pokerface. ; )

                                                                          2. re: LindaWhit

                                                                            Given the circles that Rocco travels in, I thought that he was probably gay.

                                                                            1. re: junescook

                                                                              what on Earth is that supposed to mean?

                                                                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                Someone I know very well and happens to be gay, has mentioned that he knows Rocco pretty well, sees him at parties, etc. I guess I had just made that assumption.

                                                                                1. re: junescook

                                                                                  What was that show where he had something like six minutes to open a restaurant, The Restaurant? He definitely had a girlfriend on that show.


                                                                                  1. re: junescook

                                                                                    AFAIK, he's straight. it wouldn't matter to me either way - sexy is sexy no matter which team you play for. i just don't see why one would make an assumption like that based on second-hand information about a single aspect of someone's social life. if people did that about me, there would be a whole lot of misconception about ghg floating around out there!

                                                                            2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                              Govind...oh yes. Thanks for reminding us.

                                                                            3. I wonder if Samantha Brown can cook?

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                                                                                1. re: James Cristinian

                                                                                  You're right, James. Goes on my list anyway.

                                                                                  But seriously, I agree with your picks of Sara Moulton and Rachel Ray. I also like Latin cook, Daisy Martinez.

                                                                                  1. re: Kagemusha

                                                                                    I wondered whether anyone would mention her. I can see how guys would think she is sexy!

                                                                                    1. re: chefathome

                                                                                      Oh yes, I had to look up her image to put face with person, but she is definitely up there. Her show is on Cooking Channel in the US.

                                                                                      1. re: chefathome

                                                                                        She's attactive, especially if you add in points for body and voice.

                                                                                        1. re: junescook

                                                                                          Add to that the fact that she holds two University degrees and is wry and whimsical, she goes to the top of my list, even over Claire.

                                                                                          1. re: jackbauer

                                                                                            I agree - intelligence and wit are part of what makes people attractive and sexy to me.

                                                                                    2. i personally am a huge fan of Claire Robinson from Five Ingredient Fix (and now food network challenge).... little bit of an accent, funny, loves southern cookin...

                                                                                      also a fan of Aida Mullencamp

                                                                                      if ya happen to read this, Aida, im in Miami next time you are in town....


                                                                                      ok maybe not kidding.

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                                                                                      1. re: mattstolz

                                                                                        I have picked up a couple of nice recipes from Claire, and I'd agree she deserves to be on that list.

                                                                                      2. the fact that im not on that list shows it is clearly rigged.

                                                                                        as to the women's list - i find one of those women sexy. maybe 2.

                                                                                        1. Well, a few of mine are not so famous, so you might have to go looking them up if you are interested. For me, there;s more to sex appeal than looks or "intense blue eyes." There's a certain "je ne sais quoi."

                                                                                          In no particular order:
                                                                                          Marcus Samuelsson
                                                                                          Floyd Cardoz
                                                                                          Michael Symon
                                                                                          John Besh
                                                                                          Jean-Paul Lacombe
                                                                                          Jean-Michel Lorain
                                                                                          Wayne Nish
                                                                                          Aaron Sanchez
                                                                                          Waldy Malouf
                                                                                          Hubert Keller

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                                                                                          1. re: ChefJune

                                                                                            Wayne Nish...OMG, he's definitely sexy.

                                                                                            1. re: DiningDiva

                                                                                              Maybe someone should publish hers and his 12 month chefs' calenders for the kitchen? Opportunity knocks for an entrepreneur.....

                                                                                              1. re: ChefJune

                                                                                                forgot about marcus samuelsson. hot.

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                                                                                                1. re: Evilbanana11

                                                                                                  Wow. Someone's got a huge crush. ;-)

                                                                                                2. Rocco and Jamie, yes, the others leave me cold (I think Eric Ripert is odd-looking and not in the least appealling).
                                                                                                  Paul Liebrandt maybe, he's nice and TALL. Only if wearing glasses. English accent a big +.
                                                                                                  And I have to vote for Rick Bayless, he's nothing like what you see on TV and is very well put together. I was of course spoiled at an early age by the midwestern professor type.

                                                                                                  1. I also think that Gabrielle Hamilton belongs on my list.

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                                                                                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                          He is gorgeous but I could do without the "awesome"s.

                                                                                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                              Yes, and "guys". One CAN turn the sound down, though, no? :)

                                                                                                              1. re: Whosyerkitty

                                                                                                                Just please don't say "sweet!"! Please.

                                                                                                                1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                  That's what you get, for the effing tunafish song. : ) It's a terrible thing when you have to think of something equally obnoxious and catchy to clear out the already-present catchy and obnoxious jingle that keeps roaring through my brain. When you wake up at 2 a.m. to pee and the first thought in your brain is "bum,bum,bumblebee......"
                                                                                                                  you know you've been "earwormed."

                                                                                                                  1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                    That makes 2 of us, I shot myself in the foot with that one. Always and forever associated with early days in Berk.
                                                                                                                    Re Todd English: Can I be there too?

                                                                                                            2. re: buttertart

                                                                                                              When I saw Ming at the tournament, I didn't think he was "gorgeous" at all. Sort of bland, IMO.

                                                                                                      1. I'll take this in a different direction: all of those 20-something nerdy-hipster-chick cake makers from Charm City Bakery (Ace of Cakes). I imagine there's tons of hidden piercings, tatts, and bizarro, ahem, creative shaving going on under those frumpy jeans and t-shirts. I'll also throw in Mary Alice to the mix ( the curvy/pudgy/hungry version, not the newer/gaunt/successful version). Mind you, this is all a thought-experiment (I am happily spoken-for), and predicated on lots of buttercream frosting availability...

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                                                                                                        1. re: silence9

                                                                                                          Anna Ellison is smoking hot from Charm City, with no visible tatts or piercings, plus a real girl next door look.


                                                                                                          1. re: James Cristinian

                                                                                                            I've always thought Katherine Hill was the best looking of the Charm City bunch.

                                                                                                        2. 1. Eric Ripert
                                                                                                          2. David Rocco
                                                                                                          3. Anthony Bourdain
                                                                                                          4. Todd English
                                                                                                          5. Tyler Florence
                                                                                                          6 through 10--Eric Ripert--again!

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                                                                                                          1. re: jarona

                                                                                                            Another Todd English admirer. Finally!

                                                                                                            1. re: jarona

                                                                                                              Bourdain used to be my #1 but he's getting old and pudgy. Just like me! Tyler Florence IMHO has zero sex appeal. He's cute but cute isn't sexy. And yeah, Colicchio can park his slippers under my bed any day!

                                                                                                            2. Bryan Caswell all the way.

                                                                                                              I have met Todd English when I was lost and he showed me how to get to his own restaurant. Very, very nice man.

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                                                                                                              1. re: jim1126

                                                                                                                forgot about Caswell - i had a lil' crush on him during The Next Iron Chef :)

                                                                                                              2. add Joe Bastianich for me. Runners are sexy

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                                                                                                                1. re: Firegoat

                                                                                                                  ooh yes, Joe is looking good these days!

                                                                                                                2. Top 10 sexy women in the industry (in order of preference)

                                                                                                                  Gabrielle Hamilton
                                                                                                                  Claire Robinson
                                                                                                                  Celina Tio
                                                                                                                  Amanda Baumgarten
                                                                                                                  Amanda Freitag
                                                                                                                  Jennifer Carroll
                                                                                                                  Casey Thompson
                                                                                                                  Anna Ellison (Mary Alice and Lauren at Charm City Cakes are terribly sexy as well)
                                                                                                                  Giada De Laurentiis
                                                                                                                  Maneet Chauhan

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                                                                                                                  1. re: tangovoxtrot

                                                                                                                    I'd put Brooke Peterson and Katie Lee Joel somewhere on that list...

                                                                                                                    1. re: ahack

                                                                                                                      You're right about Brooke and Katie Lee. I also think that Sasha Perl-Raver is very attractive as well.

                                                                                                                        1. re: scubadoo97

                                                                                                                          is that show still filming new episodes? it always kinda entertained me. and i liked watching chef brooke lol

                                                                                                                        2. re: ahack

                                                                                                                          When did Katie Lee Joel become a chef? A "food personality," perhaps, but I'm betting she has never run a professional kitchen, and that if she tried, it would be a disaster.

                                                                                                                      1. What an odd list. I would have thought that Bill Dorrler (Osteria Morini), Alain Allegretti (La Petite Maison), and Georges Mendes (Aldea) would be on it, but Tom Colicchio, Bobby Flay, and Anthony Bourdain? With all due respect, I'm totally mystified, but then, what do I know...

                                                                                                                        Giada de Laurentiis is a total babe.

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                                                                                                                        1. re: Riverman500

                                                                                                                          In my experience, men can never tell what it is about other men that women find attractive. Or even what constitutes "handsome". Even after long association with the woman in question.

                                                                                                                          1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                            LOL. Straight men do rank other men according to looks too, but as you said their standards are so different from those of women and gay men.

                                                                                                                            1. re: Riverman500

                                                                                                                              My wife thinks Booby Flay is totally hot, I just don't see it. I was just watching Kitchen Nightmares shot in an alternative lifestyle, according to Ramsey, section of Brighton. Gordon mentioned he was on a top ten list of gay men.

                                                                                                                              1. re: James Cristinian

                                                                                                                                LOL, also heard Tom Colicchio is considered a "hot daddy" in some circles. Doesn't hurt business I'm sure....

                                                                                                                                1. re: Riverman500

                                                                                                                                  Within the "Bear" community, Colicchio's considered a real catch. You should see how flustered he got when someone told him that.

                                                                                                                          2. re: Riverman500

                                                                                                                            Agreed. Colicchio, Flay and (especially) Bourdain do nothing for me visually. All talented for sure, but sexy? Wow.

                                                                                                                            1. re: invinotheresverde

                                                                                                                              i think Colicchio's confidence & talent make him sexy. plus, a nice smile & chrome dome will get me every time ;)

                                                                                                                              re: Bourdain, even though i think he's brilliant & hilarious, i could never get past the ever-present cigarette.

                                                                                                                              and if Flay did it for me i'd need *serious* therapy because he bears a striking resemblance - in mannerisms, physical features, and even speech patterns - to my brother.

                                                                                                                              1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                Re: Bourdain

                                                                                                                                ...or the cheesy clothes (especially the cut off jeans for swimming) and the fact that he thinks he's just such a cynic. Yes, I like his writing, but his on-air personailty closes these legs right up!

                                                                                                                                1. re: invinotheresverde

                                                                                                                                  Yes, I like his writing, but his on-air personailty closes these legs right up!
                                                                                                                                  LOL! thanks for the chuckle and the amusing mental picture :)

                                                                                                                                2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                  ghg, I hear ya. I just did an adoptee search, looking for my brother, and I found him and his family sent photos. (He's deceased, but bless their hearts for being so open.)
                                                                                                                                  At any rate, I got the first batch of photos and I'm sure my face looked JUST.LIKE.THAT.PAINTING. You know the one. "The Scream." Dude with a lightbulb-shaped wide face, howling away. Why did I feel that way, you might ask? Let me tell you.
                                                                                                                                  Because my biological brother could be my husband's twin.
                                                                                                                                  Oy. If I didn't have the information I do (namely that it's a complete impossibility) I'd be really worried. I mean, side-by-side they could literally be twins.
                                                                                                                                  It made me itch all over.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                    yikes, mc, *i* just got itchy all over reading that! what did DH say?

                                                                                                                                    oh, and i'm sorry you never got the chance to meet your brother :(

                                                                                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                      Aw, thanks for the kind thought, ghg. I'm sorry too, but am developing a lovely relationship with his father who survived him and now calls me "his beautiful adopted daughter." Warms me straight up and makes me so happy.
                                                                                                                                      Ah, Mr.'s reaction was pretty much same as mine. He was over my shoulder when I started flipping through the batch of photos, and we flipped it, looked at each other, flipped it back, and staaaaaared. He was staggered; I was staggered. But nowhere near as staggered as Irv (my brother's dad) was when I sent him a pic. of Richard; he called me immediately upon receipt and was just straight blown away.

                                                                                                                                    2. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                      That's eerie. I wonder, if you had known your brother, if you would have found your husband attractive. (Sorry, hope I didn't prompt another "Scream" moment ;)

                                                                                                                                      1. re: gaffk

                                                                                                                                        Interesting question, gaffk. I mean, I know it's fairly normal for men to marry a woman who resembles their mother, but women cringe at the thought of the reverse. That being said, the answer for me would almost certainly have been "No."

                                                                                                                              2. It's funny to me that David Myers' tip video is appearing on the side of this discussion because he is a much more attractive chef than any of the guys on that list (apart from Jamie O maybe)...Take a look and tell me if I'm wrong.

                                                                                                                                Meredith (who worked on that video)

                                                                                                                                1. I don't know what's worse. Calling Rachael Ray and Sandra Lee "sexy" or calling them "chefs".

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: Avalondaughter

                                                                                                                                    oh man that made me laugh super hard.

                                                                                                                                    1. Fabio Viviani on Top Chef. Everyone else can go home, lol!
                                                                                                                                      I will say that I love Bourdain's personality, but the physical package is all wrong for my taste.
                                                                                                                                      My man will drop everything to drool over Aarti party--not a chef :/ And she's the complete opposite of my scrawny, blonde, sarcastic self--so whatever floats his boat :p

                                                                                                                                      1. i just realized i forgot Michael Chiarello - he's definitely up there for me. (i know, i know...let the tomato-throwing begin!)

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                                                                                                                                        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                          I think he may be married to a woman, but I always got the feeling that Chiarello was cooking for the other team, if you know what I mean. ;)

                                                                                                                                          1. re: invinotheresverde

                                                                                                                                            i was convinced of that from the first time i saw his show, and was stunned when he mentioned his wife! but there are just some people i find sexy regardless of which team's line they're cooking on ;)

                                                                                                                                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                              I'd bet money that Chiarello's not gay. If he is, he's doing a marvelous job of using his wife as a beard and keeping that personal part of his life heavily under wraps. I'm from the area, and have never heard a whisper about his sexuality, either way. Now, that may have something to do with the region I'm from, because around here the vast majority of us really don't give a damn about other people's lifestyles, but even with the lack of homophobia, I'm sure I'd have heard if Chiarello digs "putting in the rough", just casually. And while I realize that gay men frequently marry women, his wife is so hot that I cannot believe she'd agree to a marriage of convenience/stability anyway, 'cause this gal could have a-n-y-b-o-d-y.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                oh i got over the assumption, it just took me a while :) in these days of metrosexuality and good grooming, sometimes it's just hard to tell with men who have softer, less masculine mannerisms.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                  Ain't that the troof! My gaydar got shot straight to hell with the advent of metrosexuality.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                    mine too. and believe me, it's even harder to tell here in LA. one of my dearest friends now is a guy who asked me out when i first moved here 10 years ago, and in the beginning i was thoroughly convinced he was just in denial. turns out he's 100% hetero, just a serious metro. ironically, he gets more [female] action than any other man i know!

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                                                                                                                                                      It may be getting harder for straight people to tell, but I don't think the same is true for gays. I've never thought Chiarello was gay, and nothing about his appearance or mannerisms has ever suggested otherwise to me. Sure, he's a soft spoken guy, but I wouldn't call him effeminate. And even back in my day, when gay men still had to hide in the shadows, the effeminate ones were a tiny minority. It's always been my experience that effeminate men usually really, really like women. "Metrosexual" men have always seemed really, really straight to me.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: gadfly

                                                                                                                                                        i know many a gay man who are not effeminate in the least

                                                                                                                                                        i don;t find him at all effeminate. but he sets my gaydar off.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: thew

                                                                                                                                                          +1 on the knowing many gay men who are not effeminate

                                                                                                                                                          And I have no idea on Chiarello. I just want to be invited to one of his dinner parties.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: debbiel

                                                                                                                                                            ha! will you bring me as your +1? :)

                                                                                                                                                            i gave up on trusting my gaydar after my best friend from HS - from whom i'd been practically inseparable for 4 years - came out in college. she stunned me.

                                                                                                                                                            re: Chiarello, it's not that he's effeminate at all...it was just a sense (albeit an incorrect one!) that i got when watching him.

                                                                                                                                            2. re: invinotheresverde


                                                                                                                                              same as the guy on la dolce vita on cooking channel

                                                                                                                                              1. re: thew

                                                                                                                                                His wife is extremelyvhot and not afraid to appear on his show in very small bikinis.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: donovt

                                                                                                                                                  Yes - that's David Rocco, his wife Nina (and their twin girls sometimes appear on the show). Canadian.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: donovt

                                                                                                                                                    i've seen her. i'm just not convinced she isn't a beard. what do i base this on? nothing

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: thew

                                                                                                                                                      Beard or not, I'm glad she makes many appearances!!

                                                                                                                                            3. Must be the name Michael that does it for me.

                                                                                                                                              #1 Chef Michael Smith (Cdn) all 6'7" of him (super nice guy - easy going, easy to talk to, comes across as a bit shy sometimes) even my hubby calls him the "love of my life" (silly story there).

                                                                                                                                              #2 Michael Symon
                                                                                                                                              #3 Michael Psilakis
                                                                                                                                              #4 Michael Noble

                                                                                                                                              And yes, even I find Giada "hot" or "sexy" or whatever the term may be.

                                                                                                                                              1. How about Tina Nordstrom?

                                                                                                                                                As for me, give me a young Jacques Pepin any day.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: Nicolette S

                                                                                                                                                  Ah, Frenchmen. You can have the younger Jacques. I'll take a just slightly younger Jacques Torres

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: DiningDiva

                                                                                                                                                    More trouble than they're worth (so I am told). ;-)

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                        No doubt you're right. But who says I'm buying. At my age window shopping is more fun ;-D

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                          You were told the truth, bt. And bear in mind that this comes from the lady whose fantasy lover is a complete Frenchie! (HK)

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                            Admiress of man flesh, have a look at the (English like me) Canadian guy in jubilant cerise's post...http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7626...
                                                                                                                                                            You will like.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                                see and that i don't see at all. not that i begrudge you all... :)

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: AMFM

                                                                                                                                                                  I liked what seem to be more recent pics - stubble on the noticeable thinner face. :-) The earlier photos seem too babyish (for me).

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: Nicolette S

                                                                                                                                                        Yes for Tina, and what about the Finnish gal on the same series?

                                                                                                                                                      3. Doesn't the name Marco Pierre White mean anything to anyone these days? At his peak? The first brilliant celebrity bad bad boy chef.

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                                                                                                                                                        1. re: buttertart

                                                                                                                                                          Now how did I bypass MPW, my favorite Badass? My favorite story by him is when he tells about Batali working for him (at a very young age) and coming to work the day after the night before, in very very bad shape for a variety of reasons. So MP sends MB out to buy tropical fruits, and it takes MB like 6 hours to come back with a banana and an avocado.
                                                                                                                                                          This one made me laugh out loud.

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: mamachef

                                                                                                                                                            The story I love is that he made Gordon Ramsay cry.

                                                                                                                                                        2. What about Daniel Boulud..i find him sexy.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Monica

                                                                                                                                                            Me likee! It's his......debonair attitude, his little stylin' glasses, his obvious but not nasty appreciation for beautiful women, his finesse, his dedication to the craft, his quick mind, great clothes, gracious mien...
                                                                                                                                                            Oh, wait, did I say I like DB too? And him, yes, sexy as hellllll.

                                                                                                                                                            1. Handsome chefs I would select on my list are Chris Cosentino and Michael Symon. That's about it. Mmmm baby baby-yoyoyoBabyPops-yeah you-come here-gimme a kiss. Betta make it fast or else I'm gonna get pissed. LOL!!! Just being silly. Don't panic. Ciao

                                                                                                                                                              1. watching food wars right now.... and wondering how Camille Ford hasnt been mentioned yet.

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                                                                                                                                                                1. re: mattstolz

                                                                                                                                                                  Even in the loose interpretation being used here I don't think (the very pretty) Camille Ford could be considered a chef.

                                                                                                                                                                2. Hmmm, nobody has mentioned, and maybe I'm crazy to bring up, Andi Van WIlligan and Scott Leibfried from Hell's Kitchen. Both are usually working with complete train wrecks of a kitchen staff so they both usually look stressed and annoyed on the show, but they're both easy on the eyes!

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Bunson

                                                                                                                                                                    Oh, heck yeah on Scott Leibfried!

                                                                                                                                                                  2. I'm surprised no one's mentioned Anthony Sedlak - maybe he's only known here in Canada? Very cute when he debuted on the Food Network with his show "The Main." Haven't had tv for almost two years now but he has a Facebook page and got into really good shape - some of the photos are rather racy...

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: jubilant cerise

                                                                                                                                                                      Deserves to be better known, that's REALLY a bit of all right (and wears glasses, a personal weakness).