The Top Celebrity Chef in Your State

Brace yourself—you’re now entering the world of cocky celebrity chefs, competitive cooking, and Flavortown.

Celebrity chefs have made it from the kitchen to our TV screens, and we can’t seem to get enough of them. There are those who cook, after all, and those who attempt to cook (and almost burn their houses down in the process). We feed ourselves the lie that with enough butter and cream, we too can become the next Julia Child.

With such a fun variety of chefs to choose from, we at USDirect decided to do a little experimenting of our own. Using Google Trends, we cooked up a list of the most popular celebrity chefs per state, then compiled them into one bite-size map.

Think you can guess your state’s favorite celebrity chef? Dive in and see if you’re right.

Which States Share Your Taste in Celebrity Chefs?

Whether they’re gimmicky, talented, iconic, or imprisoned, discover which celebrity chefs are the most popular in each state.[Image Credits]

“I look at Guy Fieri and I think. . . I’m glad that’s not me.” —Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain is the most searched of all the chefs (he tops everywhere from California to West Virginia), and for good reason. We celebrate his life remembering his exceptional ability to bring the world together through food and travel, especially in his series Parts Unknown, No Reservations, and A Cook’s Tour.

“We’re takin’ you on a road rockin’ trip down to Flavortown, where the gravitational force of bacon warps the laws of space and time.” —Guy Fieri

Then there’s Guy Fieri, who should have his own definition in the dictionary. “Guy Fieri (n.): see all.

“Pasta doesn’t make you fat. How much pasta you eat makes you fat.” —Giada De Laurentiis

You’ve heard the saying “never trust a skinny cook,” which casts suspicion on Giada De Laurentiis, who allegedly doesn’t eat most of what she cooks. Nonetheless, she’s widely popular, especially in New Jersey and Rhode Island.

“I wouldn’t trust you running a bath, let alone a restaurant.”  —Gordon Ramsay

Arrogant chefs like Bobby Flay and Gordon Ramsay are both popular in Nevada, where each has several restaurants. We love to hate Flay, secretly hoping he loses in every match of Beat Bobby Flay, but we’re never really surprised when he doesn’t.

Then of course there’s the unforgettable Ramsay, who looks like a shar pei, but whose bark is worse than his bite. Just turn on Hell’s Kitchen next time you want to feel better about yourself.

“I enjoy cooking with wine. Sometimes I even put it in the food…” —Julia Child

For some chefs it just comes down to your hometown or the time of year. Ree Drummond is most popular in Oklahoma, and Michael Symon in Ohio. Although he’s not from Louisiana, Emeril Lagasse’s new New Orleans style of cooking explains his popularity there.

For others, the time of year sparks popularity. Chefs like Martha Stewart, Julia Child, and Ina Garten’s are most widely searched in November, likely due to their widely loved Thanksgiving recipes. And Alton Brown, the second most popular chef next to Bourdain, had a popularity spike in November 2017 when he did the Eat Your Science tour.

“No one likes a soggy bottom.” —Mary Berry

Some states prefer baking over cooking. Residents from Vermont to Utah love Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, co-hosts on the series The Great British Baking Show. Relax to pleasant scenes of cake baking, and enjoy the absolutely delightful world of British accents, bad puns, and proving drawers.

Then there are the Duff Goldman Ace of Cakes and Cake Masters lovers, sharing an affinity for fondant everywhere from Iowa to Pennsylvania.

Whatever your preference, slow Southern cooking or intense Iron Chef battles, DIRECTV is ready to serve you the entertainment you’ve been craving.

See the full list of results below!

    Alaska: Alton Brown
    Alabama: Anne Burrell
    Arizona: Anthony Bourdain
    Arkansas: Alton Brown
    California: Anthony Bourdain
    Colorado: Alton Brown
    Connecticut: Ina Garten
    Delaware: Anne Burrell
    Florida: Anthony Bourdain
    Georgia: Anthony Bourdain
    Hawaii: Masaharu Morimoto
    Idaho: Paul Hollywood
    Illinois: Anthony Bourdain
    Indiana: Alton Brown
    Iowa: Duff Goldman
    Kansas: Duff Goldman
    Kentucky: Guy Fieri
    Louisiana: Emeril Lagasse
    Maine: Martha Stewart
    Maryland: Duff Goldman
    Massachusetts: Ina Garten
    Michigan: Alton Brown
    Minnesota: Alton Brown
    Mississippi: Anne Burrell
    Missouri: Alton Brown
    Montana: Alton Brown
    Nebraska: Rachael Ray
    Nevada: Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay, Guy Fieri, Robert Irvine, Wolfgang Puck
    New Hampshire: Anne Burrell
    New Jersey: Giada De Laurentiis
    New Mexico: Anthony Bourdain
    New York: Jamie Oliver
    North Carolina: Anthony Bourdain
    North Dakota: Rachael Ray
    Ohio: Michael Symon
    Oklahoma: Ree Drummond
    Oregon: Alton Brown
    Pennsylvania: Duff Goldman
    Rhode Island: Giada De Laurentiis
    South Carolina: Anthony Bourdain
    South Dakota: Rachael Ray
    Tennessee: Anne Burrell
    Texas: Anthony Bourdain
    Utah: Paul Hollywood
    Vermont: Mary Berry
    Virginia: Anthony Bourdain
    Washington: Paul Hollywood
    West Virginia: Anthony Bourdain
    Wisconsin: Paul Hollywood
    Wyoming: Paul Hollywood

[Image Credits:]
(All images sourced from Instagram unless otherwise noted) https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/
Alton Brown- Credit:@foodnetwork, Anne Burrell- Credit:@chefanneburrell, Anthony Bourdain- Credit:@partsunknowncnn, Bobby Flay- Credit:@bobbyflay, Duff Goldman- @duffgoldman, Emeril Lagasse- Credit:@emeril, Giada De Laurentiis- Credit:@giadadelaurentiis, Gordon Ramsay- Credit:gordongram, Guy Fieri- Credit:@guyfieri, Ina Garten- Credit:@inagarten, Jamie Oliver- Credit:@jamieoliver, Mary Berry- Credit:@britishbakeoff, Paul Hollywood- Credit:@paul.hollywood, Martha Stewart- Credit:@marthastewart, Masaharu Morimoto- Credit:@ciuffocabinetry, Michael Symon- Credit:@chefsymon, Rachael Ray- Credit:@rachaelray, Ree Drummond- Credit:@thepioneerwoman, Robert Irvine- Credit:@chefirvine, Wolfgang Puck- Credit:@chefwolfgangpuck

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