Celebrity chefs are a major force in pop culture today. Sometime during the last ten years it has become unbelievably cool to be a chef. An industry once dominated by chain-smoking alcoholics is now being overrun by wannabe Gordon Ramsay and Guy Fieri types. The trailblazers in this list have led the way. Unfortunately, the spotlight has either inhibited their ability to cook, or worse, they were never actually a great chef. This is a look at the ten most overrated celebrity chefs out there.
The celebrity chef lifecycle starts with television, either as a cameo, judge or contestant on a cooking reality show. Next they get their own cooking show and become known more as a personality than an actual chef. Some in this list have gone on to host game shows and get paid to talk about anything but cooking food.
Just missing the list is Nadia Giosia, known as Nadia G., is the host of Nadia G’s Bitchin’ Kitchin and Bite This With Nadia G. Important to note: being sassy doesn’t automatically make you a great chef, or even a good one. Eddie Huang is often referred to as a great celebrity chef, but he is really just more of an entrepreneur, an ex-attorney that learned the restaurant business. A good back-story (stand-up comic and drug dealer) doesn’t make you a great chef.
This list has world renowned chefs that have gotten too big for their britches, television personalities acting as great chefs and Anthony Bourdain, because he really is everywhere. Here are the top ten most overrated celebrity chefs.
10 Guy Fieri
9 Paula Deen
8 Robert Irvine
7 Sandra Lee
6 Bobby Flay
5 Rocco DiSpirito
4 Gordon Ramsay
3 Mario Batali
2 Rachael Ray
1 Anthony Bourdain
Even Bourdain might agree he has always been more of a cook than a chef. World traveler and best-selling author, Bourdain's career took off when he was an Executive Chef at New York City’s Les Halles restaurant. A fancy title that translated to: line cook hooked on heroin. He used this as a basis for his book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly and quickly found fame and a gig as a world traveler who loves to sample food and alcoholic beverages. Bourdain is everywhere. He still has his travel shows, is a judge and even tours if for no other reason than to share his dislike for Paula Deen. Bourdain is the guy you want to have dinner with, but if you look closely there are probably a million more people qualified to cook that dinner.
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