These chefs first appeared on television before 2000. Since then, cooking shows and competitions have continued to draw large audiences, creating a new generation of celebrity chefs and TV personalities.
James Beard, about 1973
Beard first appeared on “Elsie Presents James Beard in ‘I Love to Eat’” on PBS in 1946. Courtesy of AP Images.
Joyce Chen, 1980
Joyce Chen Cooks aired on PBS starting in 1968.
Graham Kerr, 1990
Kerr’s The Galloping Gourmet aired on PBS starting in 1969.
Martin Yan, about 1982
Yan Can Cook first aired on PBS in 1978. Courtesy of KQED.
LaDeva Davis, about 1975
Davis first appeared in What’s Cooking? on PBS in 1975. Courtesy of LaDeva Davis.
Rick Bayless, 2000
Bayless first appeared in Cooking Mexican on PBS in 1978. Courtesy of AP Images.
Curtis Aikens, 1993
Aikens appeared on Food in a Flash, one of the Food Network’s inaugural shows, beginning in 1993.
Bobby Flay, 2004
Flay joined the Food Network in 1995 and first appeared in Hot off the Grill with Bobby Flay. Courtesy of AP Images.
Alton Brown, 2003
Brown’s first appearance on the Food Network was in Good Eats in 1999. Courtesy of AP Images.