We eat a lot of junk food, as you could probably tell from our Top 50 Candy Countdown, but what really makes our mouths water is hot food, or rather hot women who host shows about cooking hot food. We used to think cooking shows were for chicks and featured only women like Julia Child (blech), but then a girlfriend made us watch Giada De Laurentiis' Everyday Italian, and we realized that genius network heads had started hiring hot chicks in low-cut shirts to spice things up. We've had an insatiable appetite for foodie television ever since.
This week, two of the hottest and most renowned hosts celebrate their birthdays: De Laurentiis' born day was Sunday and Rachael Ray blows the candles out on Wednesday. These Food Network stars are just a couple of the women who keep us tuning into culinary programs. But don't take our word for it—just keep reading to taste-test the 20 hottest cooking show hosts...
20. SANDRA LEE
Shows: Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee, Sandra's Money Saving Meals
Complex says: This busty blond is known for cooking with pre-packaged, preservative-filled goods. And yes, we do mean her boyfriend, politician Andrew Cuomo.
19. PAULA DEEN
Shows: Paula's Home Cooking, Paula's Party, Paula's Best Dishes
Complex says: Don't front on this 63-year-old Georgia peach! Warm, sultry, and fond of fatty foods, Deen built a culinary empire with a little Southern charm and some agoraphobia (she cooked up a storm in her kitchen because she was afraid to go outside). No worries; we'd be more than happy to stay in and help put the pecans in her pie.
18. LAUREN DESANTIS
Show: Capital Cooking with Lauren DeSantis
Complex says: On her Washington, D.C.-based show, which DeSantis produces and hosts on weekends, the cute-ass lawyer explores what people in the area like to put in their mouths. And we don't mean former President Bill Clinton.
17. THU TRAN
Show: Food Party
Complex says: A bit of a weirdo, this Vietnamese hipster chef/artist hosts a "cooking show" using a cardboard cutout kitchen and puppets cut to look like living food. Weird can be good, especially when it introduces the idea of a hand up the backside.
16. CAT CORA
Shows: Melting Pot, My Country My Kitchen: Greece, Date Plate, Simplify Your Life, Kitchen Accomplished, Iron Chef America
Complex says: We would love to challenge this Greek American Iron Chef to mix it up in a steamy kitchen. We don't think her wife (and mother of three of her four sons) would approve, though.
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15. TINA NORDSTRÃ–M
Show: New Scandinavian Cooking, Mat (translation: Food)
Complex says: Swedish chefs have gotten waaaaaay hotter since The Muppet Show!
14. KELLY CHOI
Show: Top Chef Masters, Eat Out NY
Complex says: A former model and VJ for MTV Korea, this Korean-American beauty is striking but could really use some meat on her bones. Sorry, Kelly, but the carcass above does not count.
13. RACHAEL RAY
Show: 30 Minute Meals, Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels, $40 a Day
Complex says: Ray, who bubbles over with positive energy, is beloved by dudes because her food and love of sports make her seem like one of the guys. Fortunately, none of our dudes have taken magazine photos sucking on a strawberry.
12. CLAIRE ROBINSON
Shows: 5 Ingredient Fix, Food Network Challenge
Complex says: We get our fix from two of the ingredients Robinson uses on her shows. We'll let you guess which two.
11. AIDA MOLLENKAMP
Show: Ask Aida, FoodCrafters
Complex says: There are many things we'd like to ask Aida. Some of them even relate to food! In a sexual way, but still.
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10. CATHERINE MCCORD
Show: Weelicious.com webisodes
Complex says: A former Victoria's Secret model who can cook? We thought that was an urban legend, like the Chupacabra, or Bill O'Reilly's soul.
9. NIGELLA LAWSON
Shows: Nigella Bites, Nigella Feasts, Nigella's Christmas Kitchen, Nigella Express
Complex says: We often say English women are pale and plump. For once, we mean it in a very, very good way.
8. CINDY SARGON
Show: Food 4 Life
Complex says: Sargon is an Australian TV chef of Assyrian descent, so it's obviously difficult for us to not write a "land down under" joke. While shaking and fighting the urge, we'll just have you know that she once posed for this.
7. INGRID HOFFMANN
Show: Simply Delicioso, Delicioso
Complex says: No offense to cocaine, but this chef and restaurateur is the dopest thing ever to come out of Colombia. Seriously, Bob Saget used to suck dick to get him some Ingrid Hoffmann. And we don't even think less of him for it!
6. SHAHENA ALI
Show: Celebrity Chefs UK
Complex says: With a lot of practice, your boo might be able to replicate some of Ali's modern takes on Indian and Bengali cuisine. With enough makeup from her cosmetics line, The Powder Lounge, she might also look as hot as Ali does. Not really, but at least you can squint and pretend.
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5. MARCELA VALLADOLID
Show: Relatos con Sabor, Mexican Made Easy
Complex says: Mexican Made Easy? Perhaps she misunderstood our meaning when we asked how easily we could make it with her.
4. KATIE LEE
Show: Top Chef, George Hirsch: Living It UP!
Complex says: This former host and food critic married Billy Joel when she was 23 and he was 55 (they divorced five years later). As somewhat disgusted young guys who nonetheless hope to one day date women who are 30-plus years younger than us, we guess this means she has great taste?
3. GIADA DE LAURENTIIS
Show: Everyday Italian, Behind the Bash, Giada at Home, Giada's Weekend Getaways, Giada in Paradise, Today
Complex says: This world-renowned Italian-American chef always has two burners on. Her chest, that is. Mamma mia!
2. SARA LA FOUNTAIN
Shows: Avec Sara, Perfect Day, A Perfect Day in Sara's Kitchen (web)
Complex says: Born in California, this French and Finnish-American dime is one of the very few things the U.S. has lost to Finland. We would gladly lose ice hockey games eternally to get her back.
1. PADMA LAKSHMI
Show: Top Chef
Complex says: The gorgeous Indian model with the seven-inch scar on her right arm is, without question, the tastiest dish that has ever been served on Bravo's popular cooking competition for chefs. We won't mention that she has daddy issues and was (from 2004-2007) married to old-ass writer Salman Rushdie, as it upsets our stomachs.
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