The Top Celebrity Chef in Your State

It’s the season of garlic mashed potatoes, slow-roasted turkeys, and sweet potato casseroles filled with obscene amounts of butter. There’s no better time than Thanksgiving to brush up on your kitchen skills. And luckily, there’s a slew of celebrity chefs eager to teach you how to ditch the menu for a recipe book.

Between Giada and Guy Fieri and Nigella and Anthony Bourdain, there are plenty of A-list celebrity chefs to choose from. But which one’s the best? It depends on who you ask. 

Barefoot Contessa fans will tell you that Ina Garten’s soul food is the best in the game. Lovers of 30-minute-or-less meals will tell you Rachel Ray is their girl. For the second year in a row, we analyzed data on every state’s favorite celebrity chef—and the differences in preference between states was stark. 

New York’s a fan of health nut slash clean eating advocate, Jamie Oliver, while Washington, Oregon, and Utah all hail The Great British Bake Off’s Paul Hollywood as their número uno. 

Read on to see which states gave brownie points to their favorite chef—and if you agree with your state’s top pick. 

Interesting Findings

— New Jersey’s most-searched celeb chef is Giada: the OG queen of italian cuisine. Itallians make up 20% of the population in the Garden State, so it’s easy to see why residents are picking pasta and cannolis over a burger and fries. 

— Louisiana opted for a chef devoted to its native cuisine by favoring cajun master and exuberant TV personality, Emeril Lagasse as their guy. “BAM!” Go, Emeril. 

— Las Vegas has upped its food scene in recent years, so we’re not surprised that Nevada couldn’t decide on who to crown as their top pick. The state settled on a five-way tie between Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay, Guy Fieri, Robert Irvine, and Wolfgang Puck

— Oklahoma hasn’t forgotten about its hometown native, Ree Drummond (a.k.a. The Pioneer Woman). Drummond went from blogger to book author, becoming the first TV chef to land a gig on the Food Network after being discovered online. 

— 11 states back Ace of Cake’s star Duff Goldman as their favorite, which is more states than any other chef. Clearly, the do-good, Baltimore-based cake chef wins points in plenty of peoples’ books. 

20% of Hawaii’s population is Japanese, making it the second-largest ethnic group in the state. Unsurprisingly, Hawaiians love Japanese chef extraordinaire Masaharu Morimoto

Favorite celebrity chefs in each state

Alaska: Alton Brown

Alabama: Anne Burrell

Arizona:  Anthony Bourdain

Arkansas: Anne Burrell

California: Anthony Bourdain

Colorado: Alton Brown

Connecticut: Ina Garten

Delaware: Duff Goldman

District of Columbia: Prue Leith 

Florida: Rachel Ray

Georgia: Alton Brown

Hawaii: Masaharu Morimoto

Idaho: Anne Burrell

Illinois: Duff Goldman

Indiana: Duff Goldman

Iowa: Rachel Ray

Kansas: Guy Fieri

Kentucky: Guy Fieri

Louisiana: Emeril Lagasse

Maine: Martha Stewart

Maryland: Duff Goldman

Massachusetts: Ina Garten

Michigan: Duff Goldman

Minnesota: Paul Hollywood

Mississippi: Duff Goldman

Missouri: Guy Fieri

Montana: Anne Burrell

Nebraska: Rachel Ray

Nevada: Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay, Guy Fieri, Robert Irvine, Wolfgang Puck

New Hampshire: Duff Goldman

New Jersey: Giada De Laurentiis

New Mexico: Duff Goldman

New York: Jamie Oliver

North Carolina: Rachel Ray

North Dakota: Rachel Ray

Ohio: Michael Symon

Oklahoma: Ree Drummond

Oregon: Paul Hollywood

Pennsylvania: Duff Goldman

Rhode Island: Giada De Laurentiis

South Carolina: Anne Burrell

South Dakota: Anne Burrell

Tennessee: Duff Goldman

Texas: Duff Goldman

Utah: Paul Hollywood

Vermont: Martha Stewart

Virginia: Guy Fieri

Washington: Paul Hollywood

West Virginia: Anne Burrell

Wisconsin: Alton Brown

Wyoming: Alton Brown


To determine each state’s favorite cook in the kitchen, we analyzed Google search data for the most-searched chefs in the past year.

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