The Best Celebrity Chefs for Virtual Cooking Entertainment

Celebrity Chefs Cooking Entertainment

Written by Tim Grable

June 21, 2020

Cooking fans know today’s top Food Network Chefs also star in popular series on television.

But very few people know they’re also available for Virtual Cooking Entertainment? The people attending your virtual event can meet these top celebrity cooks up-close and personal! Your event will become an experience your online audience will never forget.

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The Best Celebrity Chefs for Virtual Cooking Entertainment

Do you want to create a celebrity buzz around your incentive event? Or maybe dazzle your donors for your next virtual fundraiser? Adding a celebrity chef to your virtual program has never been easier. 

1. Guy Fieri

Guy Fieri, the “culinary rock star”, is known for his energetic personality, humor and culinary expertise. The debut of his first show, Guy’s Big Bite, on The Food Network was the catalyst for his successful culinary career. He is now the host of the top-rated television show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and the special series Tailgate Warriors. Guy Fieri is a guest judge on Food Network Star and collaborates with well-known Chef Rachael Ray in a competition series on Food Network called Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off. Rachael Ray has described the show as “the cooking equivalent to Dancing with the Stars” and the show has featured competitors such as Grammy winning rapper Coolio and Super Bowl MVP Hines Ward.

2. Shirley Chung

Chef Shirley first gained celebrity status as a Top Two Finalist on Top Chef Season 11 and once again as the first runner up on Top Chef Season 14. Born and raised in Beijing China, Shirley was exposed to international cuisine at an early age by her grandmother. Shirley has served as the Executive Chef for China Poblano by Jose Andres, which was nominated for the Best New Restaurant Award by James Beard in 2011. She is the creator and original head chef at the high acclaimed restaurant Twenty Eight in Orange County and in 2018 she opened her next restaurant Ms Chi Café in Culver City.

3. Cat Cora

Cat Cora is a world-renowned chef, author, restaurateur, contributing editor, television host and personality, actress, avid philanthropist, health and fitness expert, lifestyle entrepreneur and proud mother of six. The Jackson, Mississippi native, who trained at the Culinary Institute of America and went on to cook at two 3-star Michelin restaurants in France, has been captivating audiences since she made her TV debut in 1999, as co-host of Food Network’s Melting Pot with Rocco Di Spirito. She went on to host My Country My Kitchen: Greece, Date Plate, and was one of the featured hosts on Fine Living’s Simplify Your Life. Cat Cora is also a woman who holds a series of “firsts” for women in the culinary industry.

4. Adrianne Calvo

Since 2007, Adrianne Calvo has taken the food scene by storm, firmly establishing herself as a one of the top celebrity chefs, author, television personality, philanthropist, and restaurateur. To date, she has produced five cookbooks: Maximum Flavor (2005), Chef Adrianne: Driven by Flavor, Fueled by Fire (2008), #MaximumFlavorSocial (2014), Play With Fire (2015), and The A-List, a two-volume work released last year. Her restaurant, the award-winning Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar, has dazzled patrons with its boldly creative menu and its extraordinary “Dark Dining” event, in which guests get to experience a heightened sense of taste by being blindfolded during a multicourse dinner. Among the restaurant’s other accolades are being named one of the U.S.’s 15 most unique restaurants by Zagat , being selected as one of the 17 most important restaurants in Miami by Thrillist, being named in the Miami Food Bucket List, also by Thrillist, and winning best chef (2014,2016, 2018) and best restaurant (2014, 2017) in Miami by the Reader’s Choice Awards. Chef Adrianne entered the celebrity food world at a young age, but age was not a factor in pushing her efforts.

5. Darren McGrady

Chef Darren McGrady was personal chef to Queen Elizabeth II, Diana, Princess of Wales and Princes’ William and Harry for fifteen years and has cooked for Presidents’ Ford, Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush. He is now a one of the top celebrity chefs, author, culinary consultant, event planner and public speaker living in Dallas, Texas. His first cookbook titled ‘Eating Royally; Recipes and Remembrances from a Palace Kitchen’ is now in sixth print with all of his advance and royalties donated to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric Aids Foundation.

6. Tyler Florence

For the past 15 years, Chef Tyler Florence has delighted the masses by sharing the sights, sounds and flavors of his unique culinary vision with fans around the world.  After more than 12 years as a Food Network star, Florence has taken his food and his wit across the globe, finely tuning what is regarded as one of America’s most important culinary voices. He has starred in such series as How to Boil Water, his cooking show for novices, Food 911, his hugely popular “recipe rescue” show, as well as Tyler’s Ultimate, his signature series. Florence has also hosted numerous other Food Network shows and specials, including Planet Food, All American Festivals and My Country, My Kitchen. Tyler is also a regular guest on The Today Show, CNN, The View, The Tonight Show, Oprah, Access Hollywood, Extra, Good Morning America, and more.

7. Betty Fraser

Betty Fraser is a loud, crazy, and no-hold-barred chef! She competed on Top Chef Season 2 and has appeared on serval other TV shows including Chopped, Top Chef Masters, Master Chef Junior and Man vs Child. Betty is co-owner of the award-winning Los Angeles eatery Grub Restaurant and As You Like It Catering, this self-taught chef began her career cooking for friends and testing out recipes for anyone that would sit down and join her. Betty can rattle off recipes from the top of her head and is confident that her cooking excels even those with professional training.

8. Chef Huda

Multi-talented celebrity chef, food & entertainment writer, fashionista, good food enthusiast and philanthropist, Chef Huda truly is a modern day Renaissance Woman. She is the CEO of Pretty and Delicious, a full service personal chef and culinary company and creator of the delicious destination for everything food “A Happy Food Place” the blog. With undeniably glam and class, great food and style are truly her gift to the world. Chef Huda life mission is to improve people’s relationship with food and help the world find “A Happy Food Place™”.

9. Massimo Mele

Massimo Mele’s is a first class chef with big Italian heart and soul. His passion for Italian food comes from being surrounded by great Italian food from an early age. His passion for life comes from being a talented, young Italian guy. Always on the go and always up for a laugh, until recently Massimo was the Executive Chef of the Hugos Group in Sydney, which included Hugos Manly, Hugos Bar Pizza & Hugos Catering. He is now at the helm of his rapidly expanding business, ‘Catering by Massimo’, where fun-loving and entertaining nature is reflected in his passion for the casual ‘get-amongst-it’ style of his much-loved Italian street food.

10. Natasha Crnjac

Chef Natasha heated up the kitchen in Season 4 of MasterChef, winning her the number two position. According to Gordon Ramsay, this was the toughest decision he ever made on the show and even tried to convince the other judges to call it a tie! With a diverse background and upbringing, she has so much to offer with her unique perspective on food and culture. Her love of world traveling provides her the prospective to be able to incorporate the spices and flavors of various countries around the world. In 2019, she opened Meal Prep Boutique, offering catering services and meal prep delivery in California.

11. Melissa D’Ariabian

Celebrity chef, television host, best-selling author, speaker, writer and mom of four Melissa d’Arabian is an expert on affordable and healthy family home cooking. After winning season five of The Next Food Network Star in August 2009, Melissa premiered her inaugural cooking show Ten Dollar Dinners proving a delicious budget-friendly meal can be made without compromise and always delivering on her $10 promise. Today, Melissa is a sought-after expert regularly featured in national media for cooking entertainment

12. Nyesha J. Arrington

Chef Nyesha J. Arrington has been in love with the kitchen since she was just a little girl cooking from the age of five alongside her Korean grandmother, Ai-Soon Lee. Born in Southern California to a multi-cultural family, Arrington was early introduced to diverse foods such as bulgogi, octopus, and homemade kimchi. These first stages of culinary experiences definitively shaped Arrington’s palate development and her ideas in cooking entertainment. By integrating flavors and techniques from around the world, Arrington has been able to create a style that is both personal and unparalleled.

13. Tracey Noonan

Tracey Noonan is the CEO and Co-Founder of Wicked Good Cupcakes, Inc. along with daughter, Dani Vilagie.

Wicked Good Cupcakes was started in the South Shore home kitchen of Tracey and Dani in 2010. After much success and increased demand, they opened their first retail location in Cohasset, MA October of 2011. In May 2013, a second retail location was opened in Boston’s historic Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

The company now 5 years young, has grown to be a nationally known, multi-million dollar brand thanks in part to an appearance on ABC’s Emmy Award-winning show, “Shark Tank” and subsequent deal with Shark, Kevin O’Leary. Kevin has called Wicked Good Cupcakes, “One of his best investments from Shark Tank” on numerous occasions.

14. Sheldon Simeon 

Born in Hilo, Chef Sheldon Simeon acquired his love for cooking from his parents. His path led from Hilo High to the Culinary Institute of the Pacific onto an internship at Walt Disney World. Upon returning to Hawaii, Simeon attended Maui Culinary Academy. He competed on season 10 of Top Chef in Seattle where he finished as a finalist and won the coveted “Fan Favorite” title. After serving as the executive chef at Maui’s Mala Wailea and MiGRANT, he was named in Hawaii Magazine’s Top 5 Best Hawaiian Chefs of 2014 and voted FOOD & WINE Magazine’s 2014 People’s Best New Chef for the Pacific & Northwest. In 2016 Simeon opened Tin Roof, a mom and pop eatery in Kahului.

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