5 Female Celebrity Chefs and Their Inspiring Career Journeys

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5 Female Celebrity Chefs and Their Inspiring Career Journeys

When it comes to the world of cookbooks, fine dining restaurants, recipe blogs, and food channels, the world has come a long way. Gone are the days when that was strictly the domain of male chefs, and these five inspiring ladies are sheer proof of that.

1. Mary Berry: The Chef of All Chefs

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5 Female Celebrity Chefs and Their Inspiring Career Journeys

It’s safe to say Mary Berry is sort of a national treasure for Britain, and for the culinary world in general. Widely known as Mary, Queen of Cakes, she’s a renowned celebrity baker, food writer, and a former judge of The Great British Bake Off. When she was 13, Mary contracted polio and spent three months in hospital in isolation. It was a tough experience with lasting damage to her physique, but she still pursued her dreams.

2. Nadiya Hussain

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5 Female Celebrity Chefs and Their Inspiring Career Journeys

Nadiya rose to fame after winning the hit cooking show Bake Off in 2015. She was a mother of three living in Leeds, but after the show catapulted her to stardom, she even got her own TV series – Nadiya’s British Food Adventure. She even baked the Queen’s 90th birthday cake!

3. Lisa Faulkner

Lisa Faulkner whisking something in the kitchen
5 Female Celebrity Chefs and Their Inspiring Career Journeys

When it comes to celebrity transformations, Lisa is certainly it. She went from model to actress to then winning Celebrity MasterChef in 2010, meeting her future husband on the show, and then ending up with a cookery show alongside him. She’s also written three cookbooks and shows no signs of slowing down!

4. Nigella Lawson

Nigella Lawson cooking meat balls in a pan
5 Female Celebrity Chefs and Their Inspiring Career Journeys

Nigella is a beloved TV cook, an award-winning cooking writer, and an incredibly charismatic woman. She even has her own cookware range. Nigella began her career as a journalist for magazines and newspapers, then wrote a bestselling cookbook, and it all took off from there.

5. Delia Smith

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5 Female Celebrity Chefs and Their Inspiring Career Journeys

Delia Smith is one of those celebrity chefs whose recipes will never go out of style. From classic to classic with a twist, Delia has over 1,400 original recipes. Her career began as a cookery writer for the Daily Mirror magazine, and she later landed her first TV role in the 1970s on Look East. She was later offered her own show called Family Fare. Her cookbooks have sold millions of copies around the globe. Delia retired from the spotlight and TV presenting in 2013.