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Top 10 sexiest celebrity chefs

Although there are some die-hard foodies out there who watch cooking shows to, you know, learn how to cook, we can’t say our reasons for tuning into Everyday Italian, No Reservations, Top Chef and Semi-Homemade are that innocent. In fact, our reasons for watching Anthony Bourdain, Tom Colicchio and Giada De Laurentiis have nothing to do with their ability to cook. We just watch because they are so darn sexy!

There’s no bigger turn on than a good-looking man or woman who can cook — am I right? We know we’re not the only people fighting away those impure thoughts every time we hear Curtis Stone’s accent or watch Giada gently whisk some whipped cream. Whether you are tuning in with true intentions or not, you can’t deny that these 10 sexy chefs really turn up the heat on daytime and prime-time cooking shows!


Paula Deen

Paula Deen

No, this isn’t a misprint. The queen of Southern fried cooking made our list this year! Deen, who was voted the sexiest female chef in America last year by Maxim, is certainly not shy about her sexuality, which could be what revs our motors when watching her show. In her autobiography, Deen talks about how food reminds her of sex and even sells a shirt at her flagship restaurant, Lady and Sons, that says “Our Hoes Are Complimentary.” Plus, it’s hard not to fall in love with her big Southern personality. Now that she’s cooking lighter, though, our dirty minds are beginning to wonder what she’s doing with all that leftover butter.

Check out Paula Deen’s diabetes diagnosis here >>

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Tyler Florence

Tyler Florence

There’s nothing more satisfying than a big bowl of comfort food, add in a sexy chef preparing it and consider our minds blown. Florence, one of the sexiest male chefs on Food Network, keeps us coming back every week for his comfort food-porn on Tyler’s Ultimate. Plus, his all-American classic good looks, adorable demeanor and good-boy vibe make it even harder for us to tear our eyes from the screen. Although this sexy chef is married with kids, he’ll always be an ultimate, lust-worthy hunk in our book.

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Sandra Lee

Sandra Lee

There’s something sexy about a woman who can hold her liquor and craft Christmas trees out of wine bottles, don’t you think? Sandra Lee, star of Food Network’s Semi-Homemade Cooking, turns regular store-bought junk, like cookies and jars of icing, into delicious delicacies. Plus, she makes things even the worst cook can manage. Not only can she cook, this sexy blonde is really good at decorating and crafting, so think of her as a sexier Martha Stewart. It might just be one of her lethal cocktails talking, but we can’t help but love Sandra Lee!

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Rocco DiSpirito

Rocco DiSpirito

We’ve loved Rocco since his first show on NBC, titled The Restaurant, but now this veteran chef, Dancing with the Stars alum and new host of Rocco’s Dinner Party, has us completely smitten [and sweaty]. This NYC-based chef has been all over the food scene, from radio shows to appearances on Top Chef and The Biggest Loser, and we just hope he never goes away. Rocco, you can teach us how to cook healthy anytime. We just can’t promise there’ll be a lot of cooking happening!

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Cat Cora

Cat Cora

Maybe it’s her rough-and-tough attitude, no-holds-barred persona or the fact that she was the first woman in the history of television to win Iron Chef, but we can’t keep our eyes off beautiful Cat Cora. She’s strong, dignified and could kick the crap out of any man twice her size, and to us, that’s pretty darn sexy. She’s also a great person and won 2006 Bon Appétit magazine’s Teacher of the Year award. Good deeds, a kick-butt attitude and a pretty face to boot? Cat, you can whip us around the kitchen anytime.

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Check out this famous foodie profile with Cat Cora >>


Tom Colicchio

Tom Collichio

There’s nothing hotter than a strong, bald man. Maybe it’s the George Costanza effect, we don’t know. All we know is that when Top Chef is on, our eyes are glued to Chef Tom. Maybe his ultimate sexiness comes from shooting down the dreams of young chefs all over the country, his hilarious tweets or his adorable chuckle. Whatever it is, we are glued to Top Chef Tom every week and then anxiously and patiently await the next season with bated breath. Oh, and did we mention he’s won five James Beard awards? We wouldn’t kick this sexy chef out of our kitchen. Or our bed.

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Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain

Seriously, what’s not sexy about Anthony Bourdain? He’s traveled all over the world; he’s a New York Times best-selling author; he knows just about everyone whose anyone in the foodie world; he has two TV shows; he’s married to a gorgeous Italian woman; he doesn’t take anyone’s crap; he’s humble, a bit pretentious, a giant lush and can make a mean omelet, or so we’re told. This is not only a man we’d love to cuddle up next to, but a man we’d love to get drunk with too!

Check out this interview with Anthony Bourdain here on SheKnows >>

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Padma Lakshmi

Padma Lakshmi

She’s a former model who really can cook and also breaks the hearts and dreams of hundreds of chefs a year on Top Chef. What’s not to love? Oh, and if you disagree with our vote to put her at No. 3 on our list, check out this hamburger commercial she did for Carl’s Jr. You’ll be craving a lot more than a greasy burger when you’re done watching it, we promise.

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Curtis Stone

Curtis Stone

Voted No. 2 on our list, but No. 1 in our hearts (and loins), Curtis Stone is one of the sexiest men in the world, period! This sexy Aussie, who was known as the Quiet Terminator on The Celebrity Apprentice 3, is the new host of Bravo’s Top Chef Masters and is also working on a new show Around the World in 80 Plates. Not only is it nearly impossible to resist his sexy accent, this 6-foot-4-inch hunk of Aussie man meat is absolutely gorgeous with dusty beach-blonde hair and green eyes. I’m sorry, what were we saying? Learn more about this amazing chef (and new dad!) by checking out our exclusive foodie profile!

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Giada De Laurentiis

Giada de Laurentiis

She’s absolutely gorgeous, petite, was trained at Le Cordon Bleu and recently cooked for the Duke and Dutchess of Cambridge (aka Will and Kate). Plus, she’s adorable on camera, has incredible style (thanks to her husband Todd Thompson, an Anthropologie designer) and can make a marinara sauce that would put your grandmother’s to shame. Oh, and she recently did a photo spread for Esquire where she’s wearing lingerie covered in tomato sauce. We rest our case. She’s No. 1. You can’t out-sex that.

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