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Get a tantalizing taste of the lives of these famous chefs

Creativity in cooking has given rise to a new type of fame in recent decades: the celebrity chef. 

Thanks to dedicated network programming by the Food Network, Travel Channel, Netflix, and the Cooking Channel, there is no shortage of mouthwatering, chef-hosted programming; even Oprah’s getting in on the foodie fun with her recently announced OWN in the Kitchen featuring an all-female lineup. 

Memorable quotes by famous chefs that make us say *chefs kiss*

Food has so much power, and so do words. Here are some memorable celebrity chef quotes that we love:

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“People who love to eat are always the best people.”Julia Child 

“I love my pizza so much, in fact, that I have come to believe in my delirium that my pizza might actually love me, in return.”Elizabeth Gilbert in her memoir Eat, Pray, Love (Julia Roberts plays Elizabeth in the movie adaptation)

“I’d like to think that when I invite friends to my house, they know what I’m really saying is, “I love you; come for dinner.”Ina Garten

“In that unforgettably sweet moment in my personal history…I attained glory.Anthony Bourdain on the life-changing moment of eating an oyster at age 10, described in Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly.

“I’ll have what she’s having.– Rob Reiner’s Mother Estelle as Woman in Diner upon hearing Meg Ryan’s character faking an orgasm in the classic Katz’s deli scene from When Harry Met Sally

Food is love, and famous chefs celebrate this truth

Plenty of TV and films also help us express the magic of food-inspired love. During the pandemic, for instance, we long to sit in a booth and eat greasy breakfast food with our friends, much as the Seinfeld besties do.  We’re Ratatouille-level obsessed with comfort food, like the Gilmore Girls eating their pancakes at Luke’s Diner. (Don’t worry, we’ll share some five-star worthy comfort foods below.)

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We definitely don’t want our ramen noodles mixed with terror, as director Bon Joon-ho artfully did in last year’s Best Picture film Parasite. Instead, let us pursue the perfect ramen noodle dish, as the characters do in the 1985 classic Japanese movie Tampopo.

Without too much effort, we also want to be that guy or gal who has delicious bruschetta at the ready. 

Remember that scene in 30 Rock when Food Network star Ina Garten leans over the garden hedge of an East Hampton home to invite Liz Lemon (Tina Fey) over for bruschetta and a glass of white wine

We instantly recognize the fantasy and the joke: we’re wannabes too. Sure, we’re in awe of The Barefoot Contessa, but we also identify with Liz, a busy woman who wants to casually have on hand the most delicious bruschetta on the planet while also working on her night cheese in a Snuggie.

Okay, as long as we’re talking about Ina Garten, we also secretly want to serve a roast chicken that matches a devotion to our partner. “Jeffrey’s Roast Chicken,” as her Perfect Roast Chicken recipe is known, is basically the holy grail of romance because it’s Ina Garten’s husband Jeffrey’s favorite.

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When we’re not striving to be our best selves through food, we sometimes deal with stress through food. We might not eat a chocolate cake from the garbage can, as Miranda does in Sex and the City or an éclair from the trash as George does in Seinfeld — but if we caught our spouse cheating, we might eat mashed potatoes straight from the pot, as Meryl Streep does in the classic 1986 film Heartburn. (Incidentally, Meryl Streep eats those mashed potatoes shortly before she throws a key lime pie in her husband’s face.) 

In fact, according to Food on Film, celebrity chef Nigella Lawson is a fan of an early scene in Heartburn, when Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson eat spaghetti carbonara together post-sex. Their meal is a “chin-dripping, love-soaked primal feast,” she says in an introduction to her own recipe for spaghetti carbonara in her book How to Eat.

Heartburn screenwriter Nora Ephron also wrote one of the greatest films about celebrity chef fandom: Julie & Julia. Through the journey of a super-fan working her way through Julia Child’s famous cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking, the film explores the life and career of the original celebrity chef Julia Child.

Get a glimpse behind the Chef’s Table with this popular Netflix show

The Emmy-nominated series Chef’s Table on Netflix highlights culinary stars from across the world “who are redefining gourmet food with innovative dishes and tantalizing desserts.”

Christina Tosi’s episode dives into how this celebrity pastry chef channels her love for junk food into the popular Milk Bar store treats that can now be ordered online and shipped nationwide.

Watch all of the episodes on Netflix with plenty of snacks on hand!

Celebrity chefs entertain us in so many ways 

If you’re like us, you’ve already tuned in to their talents showcased on the Food Network, their cookbooks, or their restaurants, but here’s our list of the top celebrity chefs. 

We’ve included a dash of quotes to live by, a pinch of recipes to try, and a sprinkling of yummy ideas to bring these food-loving personalities into your life at home.

Famous chefs: Julia Child  

Julia Child is widely considered one of the original female celebrity chefs. She was among the first to have her own televised cooking program, The French Chef, produced and broadcast by the public television station WGBH in Boston, from 1963 to 1973. Reruns continued on PBS until 1989, and the show is still available on PBS’s streaming service.  

Stay tuned for a new TV series from HBO Max called Julia based on her life. “We are so happy to help bring the incomparable Julia Child back to the small screen, when we need her more than ever. This show’s look into her life, marriage, and trailblazing career as she transformed the way we talk about food is an absolute delight,” says Sarah Aubrey, head of original content for HBO Max in Food and Wine. The series will star two-time British Academy Television Awards winner Sarah Lancashire as the famed chef. The pilot was written by Daniel Goldfarb, best known for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, and directed by Charles McDougall, who previously worked on House of Cards.

Julia Child made French cuisine more accessible to the everyday cook with her cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking, published in 1961. Still, chefs and food critics credit “her spirit and sense of humor” as important to her legacy, too.

Julia Child loved butter—she reportedly used 753 pounds of it during the four seasons of Baking With Julia, a PBS show that aired in the 1990s. 

And fans loved her hard work. According to the Julia Child Foundation, it took Julia Child nine years of research, editing, and recipe testing to complete her cookbook.

Fans also enjoy learning that Julia Child’s own mother rarely cooked and that Julia Child