Top 9 best-dressed chefs
“Chefs are in the pleasure business,” Anthony Bourdain once said. “And it’s important to understand your subject.” Perhaps that stance explains why the self-professed hedonist takes such evident gratification in looking sharp. The Kitchen Confidential author and globetrotting host of the Travel Channel’s No Reservations fills his well-worn luggage with leather jackets, breezy button-downs, and a stash of rounded-frame sunglasses.
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As the host of Food Network mainstay Good Eats, Alton Brown began demonstrating the science behind great food long before “molecular gastronomy” became every millenial’s favorite buzzword. Unsurprisingly, the man responsible for our go-to chocolate-chip-cookie recipe is equally experimental when it comes to his wardrobe. Off-duty, Brown favors professorial tweed blazers, an endless array of bow ties, and, of course, his signature circular frames. And because we’re so fond of him, we’re going to go ahead and overlook his penchant for Hawaiian print.
Giada De Laurentiis
Before we met Giada De Laurentiis, we assumed all Italian chefs had groomed moustaches and closets brimming with orange Crocs. Wrong, it turns out, on all counts! Both on-air and off, the stylish host of the Food Network’s Giada at Home defies convention by relying on a rainbow of figure-hugging dresses, V-neck cardigans, and pared-down accessories to complement her five-foot-two frame. She has also bravely appeared on national television in a bikini, about which we say: Giada, you’re an ispirazione.
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Marcus Samuelsson, the fedora-favoring executive chef responsible for Manhattan’s acclaimed Red Rooster restaurant, is as inventive in his clothing as he is in his cuisine. Born in Ethiopia but raised in Sweden, Samuelsson makes no secret of his global influences. Beyond the burner, he can be found alongside his equally polished wife, model Maya Haile, in tailored vests, cheery printed scarves, and textured blazers.
As Iron Chef, author, and restaurateur Geoffrey Zakarian knows, real men wear pink. Perhaps that universal truth explains why the silver-haired food-industry veteran so frequently layers rosy pastel button-downs under his expansive collection of crisp sports jackets, trim knit sweaters, and even traditional, starched chef whites.
Ramen owes its culinary renaissance in no small part to chef David Chang. With the opening of his first Momofuku restaurant in 2004, the Korean-American innovator elevated a dish previously tainted by the memory of all-nighters and general destitution to award-winning new heights. Since then, Chang has had a hand in a dozen or so new restaurants and founded Lucky Peach, a food journal. When he’s not busy tingling taste buds, Chang can be spotted in checkered button-downs, snazzy suiting, and Uniqlo billboards. In 2011, the high-street retailer handpicked him to star in one of its advertising campaigns.
Katie Lee summarizes her style with “the three c’s: casual, comfortable with a touch of couture.” The motto is hardly limited to the confines of her sparkling kitchen. Instead, it extends to her many red-carpet appearances, which find her outfitted in expertly draped gowns, metallic separates, and jewel-tone dresses. Given that the onetime fishmonger has now washed her hands of restaurant cooking, Lee is able to showcase her talents in print and on television with increasing frequency. If we looked that good, we would too.
Food writer, journalist, and television personality Nigella Lawson has been regaling audiences with her delightful mix of sass and sensuality since debuting Nigella Bites on Britain’s Channel 4 in 1999. These days, the so-called Queen of Food Porn manages an ever expanding empire characterized by her laid-back approach to cooking and entertaining. Meanwhile, Lawson embodies her titular Domestic Goddess in curve-hugging jersey, silk blouses, and brightly colored sheath dresses.
Sam Talbot is best known for his second-season appearance on Bravo’s Top Chef. Still, despite his third-place finish, the undeniably handsome North Carolina native was named a fan favorite. The vocal diabetic, who published The Sweet Life: Diabetes without Boundaries in 2011, fills his closet with chambray button-downs, jaunty baseball caps, and—when he’s feelin’ fancy—shawl-collar sweaters.