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
(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