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Jan 29, 2011 07:56 AM

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.