Forget reality competitions and your favorite reality TV chefs, and let’s focus on actors and actresses who portray some of our favorite fictional chefs. Not only are these men and women talented actors, but they also are great at pretending to whip up some mouth watering dishes!
1. Sookie St. James
Who doesn’t adore the loveable and vibrant Sookie St. James (Melissa McCarthy) from “Gilmore Girls”? Not only is she best friends with Lorelai Gilmore (Lauren Graham) and married to Jackson Belleville (Jackson Douglas), but she is also known for showing off her chef skills at the Independence Inn and the Dragonfly Inn. Sookie loves creating all kinds of masterpieces. On occasion, she even caters parties. She must be a fabulous cook, because even one of Emily Gilmore’s (Kelly Bishop) soirees featured Sookie’s cuisine.
2. Monica Geller
Courteney Cox is most popular for portraying chef Monica Geller on “Friends.” In addition to her OCD cleaning skills, Monica always takes the time and effort to serve only the best dishes. Who doesn’t want to try Monica’s famous lasagna, candy or her version of Phoebe’s (Lisa Kudrow) grandmother’s famous cookies aka Nestle Toll House? Whether it’s at her restaurant, at home or when she’s hosting Thanksgiving for Chandler, Joey, Ross, Phoebe and Rachel, Monica strives to outdo herself; after all that’s the best kind of competition in her eyes.
3. Luke Danes
Another “Gilmore Girls” favorite is the hunky, somewhat angry and loveable Luke Danes played by Scott Patterson. In each episode, we can see the entire town of Stars Hollow, Lorelai and Rory (Alexis Bledel) included, dining at Luke’s Diner. It’s sort of the “center” of town, and is known for serving the best coffee and best burgers. Originally, the diner was the location of Luke’s father’s hardware store, William’s Hardware, but Luke transformed it into his own restaurant.
4. Pacey Witter
What can we say about Pacey Witter (Joshua Jackson) from “Dawson’s Creek”? Let’s start off by talking about his boyishly good looks. OK, now that that’s said and done, let’s discuss Pacey’s cooking skills. During the series finale, Pacey takes over the Ice House in Capeside and becomes its new owner. The restaurant used to be owned and operated by Joey Potter’s (Katie Holmes) family, and now the love of her life takes it on and the two live happily ever after.
5. Piper Halliwell
In addition to her freezing and blowing up skills, witch Piper Halliwell (Holly Marie Combs) is one spectacular cook on “Charmed.” Yes, she makes a mean potion, but that’s not the only stirring of the pot she does. Early on in the season, she cooks up a storm at Quake, and then transfers her restaurant skills to the Halliwell club, P3. Piper never really gets to pursue her cooking dreams, because she’s too busy fighting demons, but at the end of the series she finally gets back to cooking and opens up her dream restaurant.
6. Jack Tripper
In between his skits, jokes and humor, Jack Tripper (John Ritter) from “Three’s Company” manages and cooks at his own restaurant. Jack is a successful chef throughout the series and thanks to his culinary degree. He first starts out as a full-time chef at Frank Angelino’s (Jordan Charney) restaurant. Eventually, Frank helps Jack out and he finally opens his own eatery, Jack’s Bistro.
7. Scotty Wandell
Luke Macfarlane portrayed the adorable Scotty Wandell on “Brothers & Sisters.” Yes, Scotty’s known for marrying just as adorable Kevin Walker (Matthew Rhys), but Scotty’s successful achievements came from his culinary accomplishments. First starting out as a cater-waiter, Scotty worked his way up the chef ladder to head chef at a five-star restaurant. All of his hard worked pays off, and he opens his own restaurant with Kevin’s Uncle Saul (Ron Rifkin).
8. Bree Van de Kamp
She’s a liar, an addict, a cheat and a chef! We'll just focus on Bree van de Kamp’s (Marcia Cross) cooking abilities. From the get go of “Desperate Housewives,” Bree is clearly a divine chef - raise your hand if you’re still waiting for her to show up at your door with basket of mini muffins! At the beginning of Season 5, after everything shifts ahead five years, Bree turns into a famous author and writes a cookbook titled “Mrs. Van de Kamp’s Old Fashioned Cooking.” She also ends up running her very own catering business.
9. Gio Rossi
He only appeared shortly as Betty’s (America Ferrera) love interest on “Ugly Betty”, but Gio Rossi (Freddy Rodriguez) immediately made his cooking talents known. Gio aka “the sandwich guy” quickly fell for Betty, because she was the only one at Mode who would even eat a sandwich. Gio also gave Betty a taste of his talents - and himself - when they first kissed in his sandwich shop. Talk about Bon Appetit!
One of the most recent fictional chefs to appear on TV is Kamekona (Taylor Wily) from “Hawaii Five-0.” A former criminal and now informant to the 5-0 task force, Kamekona is constantly trying to make the big bucks by opening business after business. His business ventures always seem to have a food focus, such as his shaved ice cart that was a big hit at the beginning of the series. Now, Kamekona brings in the dough at his shrimp truck. Some of his menu just sounds disgusting, but McGarrett, Danno and the rest of the crime busting group can’t seem to stay away. They also, reluctantly, try Kamekona’s new culinary inventions.
Who is your favorite fictional chef?