With multiple series and specials on Food Network, a New York Times best-selling book and millions of fans, Guy Fieri is on top of the world. But the ten-year old who just wanted to cook dinner for his family had no idea where his passion would lead him. From starting a pretzel cart business in fifth grade to running restaurants in his early twenties, it was clear that food was a driving force in Guy's life, but that was just the beginning. In 2005, he was picked as a finalist on the competition series "Next Food Network Star," and a new chapter began. Viewers fell in love with his infectious personality, and he won the competition, as well as his own cooking show, "Guy's Big Bite." Other successful series, like "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives" and "Ultimate Recipe Showdown" soon followed, and Guy's status as culinary superstar was secured.
Wolfgang. It's one of the most famous names in the culinary world. Wolfgang Puck changed the way Americans eat. Mixing classical French techniques along with Asian and California influences and the highest quality ingredients, Wolfgang created a completely new style of cuisine. Once Wolfgang invented pizza with smoked salmon and caviar, contemporary fine dining in cities across the nation ... and the world ... would never be the same.
At the tender age of seven, Tyler Florence specialized in creating souped-up snacks for his skateboard pals. He struggled early in school, but Tyler's passion for food helped guide him through a strenuous course of culinary training and set him on the path for success. Through sheer will, guts and determination, Tyler not only won acclaim in the Big Apple for his inspired cooking, but he also became famous on TV for solving home cooks? emergencies in kitchens around the country.
She's the girl next door that stole America's heart. In 2001, Rachael Ray was teaching cooking classes in a small market in upstate New York, and working on her first cookbook. Her "30 Minute Meals" caught the attention of local radio and TV stations, and the rest is history. Five years later, this "Little Girl with Big Ideas", an infectious smile, and love for life, food, and people has become a media icon. With multiple series on the Food Network, a successful monthly magazine, over a dozen best-selling cookbooks, and a hit daily syndicated talk show, Rachael Ray has proven herself to be one of the biggest names in food and lifestyle.
She's known around the world as the domestic goddess, a global superstar with a hit TV show and a string of award winning best seller cook books. But life wasn't always so sweet for this a once painfully shy girl whose mother was a catering heiress and father, one of Britain's leading politicians. Nigella suffered her parents divorce in the glare of publicity that was followed by an appalling triple tragedy. She was left a young widow with two small children after cancer claimed her younger sister, her mother and then the beloved husband who she had met as a young journalist and who helped set her on the road to stardom. Now happily remarried, this international superstar continues to bring her irresistible vivacity, charm and passion to cook to millions of fans.
Mario Batali is a culinary school dropout who reigns as America?s king of Italian cuisine. From his training and cooking style ? to his signature orange clogs and shorts attire, Mario is anything but conventional. He created his own path that ultimately paved his way to culinary and television stardom. Today, Mario?s not only building an empire as the larger-than-life chef who cooks like an Italian grandmother, but is also using his celebrity, profits and cooking talent to benefit New Yorkers.
With her unmistakably expressive voice, Julia Child invited everyday people into her TV kitchen and introduced them to exciting new ways of preparing food. Julia was not a natural born cook ... until one bite of a buttery French dish helped change everything. With passion, charm, and impeccable timing, Julia captivated generations of viewers and helped change the way we cooked.
He's a high school dropout who discovered his passion for cooking completely by accident. After a brief career detour to Wall Street, Bobby Flay set out on a mission to win over New Yorkers with the big, bold flavors of his innovative Southwestern cuisine. The result? Bobby's a critically-acclaimed chef and restaurateur, an award-winning cookbook author, and one of Food Network's first stars.
He?s a man who believes in order to be big, you have to think big. His passion for food is infectious and he?s captured the hearts and stomachs of hungry America. He?s this country?s most recognizable and beloved chef, and he?s known by one name and one name only: Emeril. Join us for a look back at the life of Chef Emeril Lagasse, from his early days growing up in Fall River, through his enormously successful rise in the culinary community, business, and television.
She's a superstar in the culinary world who seems like a friendly next door neighbor. But success didn't happen overnight. It's the story of Paula Deen. Her fears, her struggles and the dreams that finally came true are all recounted on the Food Network series, "Chefography."
She's known worldwide as the Barefoot Contessa, the elegant, yet down-to-earth home entertainment expert who's made the process of cooking crystal clear. But growing up, Ina Garten wasn't even allowed in the kitchen. So how was she able to build a culinary empire? Her path to success is chronicled on the Food Network series, "Chefography."
She was born with one of the most famous names in show business. But the granddaughter of legendary film producer Dino De Laurentiis left the family business behind to follow her passion for cooking. The story of Giada De Laurentiis is told on the Food Network series, "Chefography."
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