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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