What You Said: Your Favorite Chefs

What I like best about my first giveaway was that it gave me a chance to get to know my readers better. Some of you drop me a line once in a while, or leave a friendly comment; thank you — I love that! But I understand that many of you have lives to lead, people to feed and careers to advance — so I appreciate the time that you spent in answering the question in the giveaway. I’m not sure how many of you love numbers as much as I do but I’m a data dork and I’m not afraid to admit it. Here’s what you said:

The biggest category (22%) was Other Celebrity Chef — in this bucket are mentions of a myriad of talented chefs like molecular gastronomy pioneer Grant Achatz, master of Mexican cuisine Rick Bayless, Hawaiian specialist Alan Wong and the woman who needs no introduction, Julia Child. There were a large number of wonderful chefs mentioned here, but in the interest of making the graph legible, I lumped those with fewer than three votes in this category. The takeaway: our readership community has a refined and open-minded palate. Please feel free to invite me along on your next expensive culinary excursion. I would very much enjoy dining with you.

It seems that many of you are married to men who are handy in the kitchen. Given an open-ended choice, 17% of you chose to stay home and have your husbands do the cooking. Please reveal details on how you were able to procure such gastronomically gifted spouses.

Mothers and grandmothers followed closely, with Bobby Flay (7%) emerging as the leader of the celebrity chef pack. The other obvious conclusion from the data is that I am personally more popular (4%) than Rachael Ray (3%) and Masaharu Morimoto (3%), despite never even having been invited to participate in the studio audience of a cooking show.

I also enjoyed exploring the Male Celebrity category, where some of you indicated you would choose a T-shirt-optional Matthew McConaughey, Ryan Gosling or Zac Efron (over 18; I checked). One person chose Martin Luther King, Jr. and though I didn’t find any references online to his culinary prowess, the company would more than compensate for that.

Thanks for participating; can’t wait to learn more!




  • Helen
    May 7, 2012 - 10:11 PM | Permalink

    Mmmmmm…interesting statistics, I am also amazed at the high number of votes for husband!

    • May 7, 2012 - 10:20 PM | Permalink

      I know! Could they all be married to Michelin star-rated chefs?!?

  • May 8, 2012 - 9:05 AM | Permalink

    The husband votes surprise me, too! My husband would totally cook for me every night — but I don’t let him! I like to cook. It’s my time to unwind and clear my head, and I enjoy it too much to let go of it. hmm.

    • May 8, 2012 - 9:35 PM | Permalink

      Ha, I like cooking but I’m happy if someone else wants to take over for a night! I agree, it’s a great way to decompress — though when not totally decompressed yet I have been known to slice off a fingertip or two :(.

      • Sophie
        May 9, 2012 - 12:16 PM | Permalink

        ouch! me, too. or, more likely — because i was drinking wine while cooking…..

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