The Sexiest Chefs in America 2015

From coast to coast, these culinary masters are winning over our hearts and our stomachs

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SCOTT CONANT

SCOTT CONANT
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The Chopped judge, 44, is famously tough to please on the show, and the quality of the cuisine at his swanky Italian spot Scarpetta (with locations in N.Y.C. and Miami) proves he know what he's talking about. We like a chef that's confident in his culinary convictions – and bonus points for the sexy stubble he's always sporting.

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CURTIS STONE

CURTIS STONE
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The Australian chef, TV personality, and Los Angeles resident was named one of PEOPLE's Sexiest Men back in 2006, and the 40-year-old charmer has only gotten more handsome with age. Oh, and did we mention that Aussie accent?

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MARCUS SAMUELSSON

MARCUS SAMUELSSON
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Ethiopian-born and Swedish-raised, 45-year-old Samuelsson's path to becoming executive chef at one of New York City's most notable restaurants captivated readers of his 2013 memoir Yes, Chef. His always-swarming soul food joint Red Rooster Harlem has only solidified the 45-year-old's spot as one of the country's most respected chefs. That resume, mixed with his sharp, colorful style and undeniable charisma have us majorly swooning.

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RICHARD BLAIS

RICHARD BLAIS
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The Top Chef contestant-turned-judge, 43, has expanded his FLIP Burger joint to three locations in Atlanta as well as one each in Birmingham and Nashville. His modernist yet approachable cooking style is only outdone by his fun-loving personality and boyish, melt-your-heart good looks.

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MICHAEL CHERNOW

MICHAEL CHERNOW
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Co-owner of N.Y.C.'s beloved Meatball Shop, 35-year-old Chernow recently started his own venture with the highly-acclaimed seafood spot Seamore's. If that gorgeous face looks more suited for modeling, well … he does that too, gracing the cover of a J. Crew catalogue looking extra sharp in a suit.

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PAUL QUI

PAUL QUI
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This Austin-by-way-of-Philippines chef, 35, used his win on Top Chef: Texas to solidify himself as one of the Lone Star state's most creative and revered chefs, all the while maintaining a soft-spoken humility that is undoubtedly sexy.

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ARI TAYMOR

ARI TAYMOR
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Although he recently announced the closing of his L.A. hot spot Alma, the 30-year-old's food has received some extremely high accolades (including a James Beard Rising Star Chef nomination this year) – so thankfully we don't think he (or his super hot beard and smoldering brown eyes) are going anywhere any time soon.

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JEFF MCINNIS

JEFF MCINNIS
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After making a splash with Miami's popular southern food joint Yardbird, this 37-year-old hunk took his fried chicken talents to New York City, where he and fellow Top Chef alum Janine Booth opened the much-buzzed-about Root amp Bone in the city's East Village neighborhood. With dazzling blue eyes, picture perfect blonde locks, and an unmatched ability to fry a chicken, what more could you want in a chef?

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DAVID BURTKA

DAVID BURTKA
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The 40-year-old actor and husband of Neil Patrick Harris has proven himself a man of many talents, gaining formal culinary training under Mario Batali and launching his own catering company, Gourmet MD. Those accomplishments coupled with the fact that he's also an incredible dad? Now that's sexy.

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MICHAEL VOLTAGGIO

MICHAEL VOLTAGGIO
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What is it about arm tattoos on chefs that are so hot? Combine the 37-year-old's bad boy good looks with a Top Chef win and a James Beard-nominated L.A. restaurant and you've got a serious triple threat.

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AKHTAR NAWAB

AKHTAR NAWAB
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The former executive chef of the ultra-hip modern Mexican joint La Esquina, 43-year-old Nawab has cemented himself as one of the Big Apple's most trusted culinary minds, consulting on some of the city's biggest restaurant projects. If you didn't retain any of that information and have just been staring at his flawless jawline, though, we don't blame you…

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GEOFFREY ZAKARIAN

GEOFFREY ZAKARIAN
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The Iron Chef and owner of N.Y.C.'s Lamb's Club, 56, is basically the reason the word "dapper" was invented. When he's not in his chef's whites, you'll almost almost certainly find the dashing in a perfectly fitted suit – and it takes a certain type of sexy to pull off those thick-rimmed glasses.

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JEFF MAURO

JEFF MAURO
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After winning Food Network Star, the 37-year-old Chicago native has become one of network's brightest talents, winning over audiences with his charisma and charm as a co-host of . The "Sandwich King" is also preparing for his first restaurant venture, Pork amp Mindy's, opening in the Windy City later this year. Mauro's unabashedly goofy on-screen persona – and ability to whip up a killer sandwich at the drop of a hat – make him swoon-worthy.

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THIAGO SILVA

THIAGO SILVA
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The Brazilian-born executive pastry chef for N.Y.C.'s upscale seafood restaurant Catch, 31, knows that the quickest way to our heart is through sweets – and that infectious smile helps, too.

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