Who's your favorite chef?

Rachael Ray - my favorite chef
United States
January 10, 2007 9:47pm CST
No fair picking mom or grandma. I'm talking a professional chef, the kind you see on tv or find in a special restaurant. My favorite is Rachael Ray. Right along with her is a woman on the Food Network named Sandra Lee.
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34 responses
• United States
11 Jan 07
Rachael Ray is my top pick! Love her, love her style, love her meals! Next would be Mario Batali. He has one awesome way with food.
• United States
12 Jan 07
Mario is an excellent chef for sure! His stuff is a little more time consuming and takes a lot more work and I'm a lazy cook! I love his quirkiness too. Just one look at the picture I posted of him and you will understand, look at his shoes! lol He's just him. Ponytail, crazy shoes and very laid back.
• Canada
11 Jan 07
Well, not for the reasons that you guys are discussing, but I currently adore Curtis Stone, of "Take Home Chef".... Have you seen him? ::: grin ::: Too bad I can't upload a picture LOL http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Curtis_Stone Yummy... even without the food ;)
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• Canada
11 Jan 07
WHEEEEEEEEEEEE! Thanks hockeygal! That's rockin' LOL He even made the "Newcomers" list in People's Sexiest Whatever List for 2006. My husband just tolerates my fascination with this Aussie man ;) And you know... he cooks some pretty amazing recipes. Most of what he prepares are easy to duplicate dishes because the idea of his show (for those who don't know) is that he meets up with a random person in a supermarket or other food shop. He offers to buy all their groceries and go back to their place to prepare a dinner for whomever they were going to be cooking for that night. It's a combination of having a cooking lesson, right in their own kitchen, plus the services of an actual chef to make them a meal. Fun concept for a show, really :) Who doesn't like a man that cooks?
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• United States
11 Jan 07
omg.. and he has an aussie accent!!!!!!!! Now I do have to find him on tv! lol
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• Canada
11 Jan 07
ROFL! Yeah he's definitely Australian ;) Ummm... do you get TLC (The Learning Channel) where you are? That's where I find him lol
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• United States
11 Jan 07
I wanted to say my mom..lol..but if I had to choose one person, it would be emeril lagasse...he is hilarious and most of his cooking reminds me of my family and the way they cook..I could be wrong, but I think he does a little drinking before his shows..lol
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@vivasuzi (4126)
• United States
12 Jan 07
Bam! I love Emerial. I buy a lot of his sauces and products whenever I come across them. He's great because he's manly, funny, entertaining, and good at what he does. He's one of the few chefs that keeps my interest throughout the whole show. Sorry to you but I can't really stand Rachael Ray. She's actually one of the guest starts at the Charity night of the Auto Show (tonight) and I heard on the radio this morning that it's the first year that the Charity tickets are not completely sold out. What a weird choice for a guest star!
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• United States
12 Jan 07
Yeah, a lot of people really dislike her. There's something about her, I guess she's a typical loud Italian (I can say that, I'm Italian and I KNOW typical! LOL) and that rubs the wrong way with a lot of people. For me it's like a sister in the kitchen! lol So you're not alone for not liking her. I guess to many she can be annoying.
@beckyomg1 (6761)
• United States
12 Jan 07
I would have to say mine is Paula Dean. I think she is so funny.
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@razcal2267 (15577)
• United States
12 Jan 07
Paula Dean - in Elizabeth town
Yes she is. What is with her and butter or mayo? LOL
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• United States
12 Jan 07
Her 2 boys are also on the food network and do their own show. She does make a lot of great food. And she's definitely not a chef to watch if you're dieting at all! She LOVES her butter! lol
@razcal2267 (15577)
• United States
12 Jan 07
You did not pick a chef yourself. Rachael Ray says it all the time she is a cook not a chef but since I like to watch her cook and even use one of her cookbooks I will let your answer slide LOL My favorite chef at the moment is Tyler Florence.
• United States
12 Jan 07
Tyler Florence - chef
LOL... I realized that after I said "chef" but I wasn't sure how many others realized she's not professionally trained. I love that about her, lets you know that she has average skills that can come across without making you feel like an idiot in the kitchen! Tyler Florence, while I see he's on the food network and the name rings familiar, the pictures don't ring with me as someone I've seen. Odd. I probably have seen him and haven't realized! lol
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• Malaysia
12 Jan 07
My favorite is Chef Wan. He's a man and the best chef in Malaysia.
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• United States
12 Jan 07
Chef Wan - Malaysian chef
I think someone else from Malaysia mentioned him. He must be good!
@tabi1978 (33)
• United States
11 Jan 07
racheal ray is the best. she is my favorite too. the first time i saw her show i was like...did she say "30 minute" meals?? i was amazed by all the recipes she has to offer...that too in such a short span of time she completes a whole meal...she is soo talented and witty too.
• United States
11 Jan 07
Yeah, I love her style and the meals she prepares are so realistic. It's rare that she will whip up something that you can't find the ingredients easily or even usually have them in your pantry. Some people don't like her style, her humor and such but I just love her. Thanks!
• India
11 Jan 07
i m not a foodie peron ... so i don't know much abt chefs ... but all i wanna say that i wud luv 2 eat watever my wife will cook for me.... n i m amazed by ur gud interest in stuffs like that .... gret
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@raenie (707)
• Philippines
11 Jan 07
Mine would be Alton Brown--I just love how he presents his cooking show--educational but in a quirky & entertaining way--& his recipes are really Good Eats too!! ;) Rachael Ray is also pretty cool & do you know that she didn't have formal education as a chef? (at least that's what I recall being said of her--waaay cool! & she's really successful)--lucky girl for her to be also a fave of Oprah!
• United States
12 Jan 07
I've watched Alton Brown many times, although something about him annoys the heck out of me! lol I just refuse to search for something to watch for only 1/2 hour while I wait for the next show on the food network! lol Sometimes he does some great recipes, I do agree. In the end I usually don't mind him, just don't get overly excited about him. No, Rachael does not have a formal education as a chef at all. She's a cook from the heart. That's why I love her so much, she doesn't get all 'fancy' and use big words. She has recipes that a normal person would cook. She can be annoying at time, I think it's her little 'cutsie act' where she pulls her shoulders up and giggles like a little girl. Annoying. But I get past it cuz I love most everything else about her and her cooking rocks. lol
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• United States
12 Jan 07
Alton Brown - Good Eats chef
BTW.. here's a pic of Alton Brown for those who don't know who he is by name. He's on the Food Network and has a show called "Good Eats".
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@raenie (707)
• Philippines
12 Jan 07
Hehe, gotta agree with you on how Rachael Ray could be a tad too cutesy sometimes--especially when she laughs--sorta reminds me of Betty Rubble ;) but yup, I do take some pointers from her when it comes to time saving tips like her garbage bowl...as for Alton Brown, hehe just love his concept of presenting his show...have a great day =)!
@greengal (4288)
• United States
31 Jan 07
I like both of them and I must say Rachael is my favourite too. I never miss any of her shows and have tried so many of her recipes. She has a way of talking while cooking that actually makes you want to try the recipe. She makes everything sound so easy and yummy..hehe!
• United States
1 Feb 07
Here's a recent recipe she shared when doing her travels to different towns. I'm using this for SuperBowl Sunday! White Cheese Jalapeno Dip Recipe courtesy Bukowski's Tavern 2 1/2 pounds white American cheese, cut into small chunks 1/2 white onion, diced 1 cup chopped jalapeno peppers 1 cup chopped canned green chiles 2 cups milk 2 tablespoons butter 1 cup diced tomato Chips, for serving In a double boiler, combine all ingredients except tomato and chips. Cook slowly over low heat until melted, stirring frequently. If you don't have a double boiler, a large bowl set over a pan of simmering water will work. Add tomatoes. Serve warm with your favorite chips. This recipe was provided by professional chefs and has been scaled down from a bulk recipe provided by a restaurant. The Food Network Kitchens chefs have not tested this recipe, in the proportions indicated, and therefore, we cannot make any representation as to the results. Recipe Summary Difficulty: Easy Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Yield: 4 to 6 servings User Rating: Episode#: RY0102 Copyright © 2006 Television Food Network, G.P., All Rights Reserved
@clownfish (3278)
• United States
16 Jan 07
Hi! I like Rachael Ray, too! Other Food Networks chefs I like are Paula Deen, Sandra Lee (although the way she talks sometimes drives me nuts LOL), Dave Leiberman, and the Barefoot Contessa Ina Garten. Lately I have been enjoying watching Everyday Food on PBS. I like their menus and the style of the show. :-)
• United States
16 Jan 07
I'm so addicted to the food channel that now I actually am seeing repeats of the shows I watch! lol That's sad! I love all the ones you mentioned too but my faves are Rachael Ray, Emeril and Sandra Lee for sure!
@cjsmom (1423)
• United States
16 Jan 07
My son, CJ, dearly loves Emeril. He must have at least 20 episodes, Live or otherwise recorded on his DVR. I've protected them and end up erasing everything else at some time or another. I want to keep those as well so that I can find something great to make when I'm in the mood. He watches them over and over; that's one of the things he want to be in life when he grows up, a chef! Personally, I like Paula's Party and the guy who does Good Eats? I also like Rachael Ray; she's the 30-minute lady, right?
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• United States
16 Jan 07
Yeah, Rachael Ray is the 30 minut meals and she also does something like $40 a day eating out at different places, although by the looks of her in most of those it's fairly old. Plus she has a regular daytime show that is produced by Oprah, or Harpo Productions technically, that runs daily on I think it's NBC? it might be ABC... i can never remember! lol I just know I love to watch her. And as for CJ growing up to be a chef... what more could you ask for as a mom... a kid that will cook and then grow up to make some woman very happy as a cooking man! lol That's my prerequisite for my next "man"... he has to love cooking and we'll trade off days in the kitchen. I had one guy I dated that loved to cook. He would call me up at work and say "Babe, bring the kids for dinner... I'm making that recipe you sent me in the email yesterday for such and such" and man I'll tell you... I was a fool for letting that one go! lol Funny part is we're still great friends today. It's weird. But he's married now (not happily... which is also sad because I left him to try one more time to make things work with my ex, for the kids sake and he went off and married the first girl he met after me because we split and he figured he couldn't have the girl he loved.... *sigh*) But anyways... she doesn't appreciate his love for cooking either. It kills me! lol
• United States
13 Jan 07
I have to say that Rachel Ray is not my favorite cook in the world. I have watched her shows and really haven't seen much that impresses me. She admits that she is a cook and not a chef. Many people enjoy the meals she prepares. Sandra Lee has some great ideas for cutting corners. The one that I love most is Paula Deen. Her uses down home recipes that are easy to prepare and are delicious.
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• United States
16 Jan 07
Yeah, I love Sandra Lee's great quick ideas. It doesn't really bother me that Rachael Ray isn't an authentic "chef" though. Some people it upsets. I guess I just love the way she cooks because she's a lot like me. She just goes for it, changes things up to fit her style and makes it. Even the measuring is more of a "what looks right" way. That alone deters some people if it's not your style of cooking for sure. It can frighten people away if they're not confident cooks and need a step by step with measurements style recipe. I like Paula Deen but a lot of her stuff is so time consuming that it's not realistic for me.
• United States
13 Jan 07
I'm going to go old-school and vote for Emeril. He's the one who started the whole "cool chef" trend that is permeating the Food Network right now. He's cocky, he's funny, he's lighthearted, and he's just a badass. One of the local morning shows in San Diego, the Mikey Show, had an interview with him that was so awesome, it ended up on one of their Best Of CD's.
• United States
16 Jan 07
LOL.... I think Emeril rocks! I'm telling you, it has to be the attitude and the smirk that drives me wild but for some reason (even thought I know technically he's not hot at all LOL) he drives me wild! And he cooks. What more could a woman ask for? LOL
• United States
12 Jan 07
It depends, honestly. Some of them I think they have great personalities, but I don't think I'd want to eat antelope tartar served with quail eggs and squid ink soup, lol. I love to watch the prepare the stuff, but I probably wouldn't eat it. The food that makes me hungry is Paul Deen's, good old fashioned southern foods, no skimping on the calories! To me what she cooks seems more attainable, things we could really cook in our own homes.
• United States
12 Jan 07
That's why I like Rachael Ray too, she's actually not even a trained chef. Her skills are just like most of us, learned from mom in the kitchen. Her recipes are usually down to earth and real, not something you could only find at a 5 star restaurant where you pay way too much for way too little! lol Paula Deen definitely does some great southern style cooking!
@Itallie (65)
• Italy
12 Jan 07
To me, Rachael Ray doesn't count because she's not actually a chef. She was never trained in anyway except by her family. She buys mostly pre-packaged, pre-washed food, and dumming down classic recipes, which is not what being a chef is about. I'll admit she has had one or two good ideas, but that's all. Some real chefs that are actually good are Mario Batali, Anthony Bourdain, Gordon Ramsey, Jamie Oliver. They actually create new food, not bastardized versions of classics.
• United States
12 Jan 07
True, she has not training as a chef, she is someone that creates realistic recipes that most of us would try at home. A true "chef" in the words is someone that is so well trained and specialized that we could probably never do what they do and come out with the same results. Their training alone is what provides them with an edge versus a real person like us in the kitchen. So I guess if you take the word 'chef' by it's truest form then you would be correct in saying Rachael Ray doesn't count. I personally think a chef is anyone who cooks. How great of a chef, how educated, etc. can come into play if that matters to you but to me it's a matter of who creates something that I'd like to create myself. Mario Batali is a great chef, I love to watch him in action. But he also does creations that I would never do so to me that's just 'entertainment' and not something I'd watch to recreate. Gordon Ramsey, I can't really say as I have never watched him due to his ignorance and rudeness. I can't tolerate that in anyone, let alone watch it on purpose! lol The other 2 I've never heard of, sorry.
@forfein (2509)
12 Jan 07
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Every second word starts with an EFF !!!!!!!!!
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• United States
12 Jan 07
Yeah, we have Hells Kitchen here and to be honest with you if I had to be in a kitchen with him I'd probably stab him with a paring knife! lol I haven't really watched him, simply because I won't tolerate rudeness. It's just a thing I have. But he must be good!
@brendalee (6086)
• United States
12 Jan 07
Rachael Ray is my favorite too. I love her 30 minute meal show and I especially like her enthusiasim. I also like to watch Emeril. Some things he cooks, I don't think I would eat but I like to watch him just the same.
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• United States
12 Jan 07
I'm not a seafood person so a lot of what Emeril cooks I wouldn't eat, but I have taken some of his recipes and substituted chicken instead of the seafood. I watch him all the time too. I love the 30 minute show with Rachel too. She actually proves you can do this in about 30 minutes without being stressed out! I love that! Simple enough to do but elegant enough to look like you cared!
• Canada
11 Jan 07
I really like Rachel Ray too. I always enjoyed watching her 30 minute meals show, because she has great and easy recipes and she gives me good ideas to be more creative in the kitchen when making a quick meal. I would have to say that I can't really pick a favourite chef because they all have their own personal styles and recipes and I just love to cook and watch ANY cooking show. I do however enjoy chef's that really know how to explain what they are doing while they are preparing their dishes.
• United States
12 Jan 07
I agree,it's hard to make a choice. I love watching anything cooking too and 9 times out of 10 my tv is set to the food network in my bedroom. I love to read and catch what they're cooking! I often use the basic ideas of these shows to create my own versions. I tend to be a cook that cooks from the eye and not so much a recipe. I do use recipes, don't get me wrong, but most times I will end up seeing a dish prepared, think in my mind what I'd like to do to add to the dish and go for it.
@Rasnie (1137)
• Indonesia
11 Jan 07
I love my Mom's cooking, so i think my favorite chef is my mother. From famous TV in my country, I like Nila Sari, She is the expert in making any kind of cake & traditional cookes.
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• United States
12 Jan 07
Thanks! I agree.. mom's cooking is always the best, along with Grams! That's why I had to say MOM and GRAM not included! lol