Rachael Ray was once on the cover of FHM magazine. The Google query "in love with giada de laurentiis" has 2.7 million hits. Suzanne Pirret inspired Heston Blumenthal to leave his wife of 22 years to be with her. Padma Lakshmi gets an 86/100 in sexiness from AskMen.com.
But according to Maxim magazine, none of these women is the hottest female TV chef in the world. The actual winner? Paula Deen.
That's right: a diminutive, zaftig, grey-haired Southern doyenne beat out dozens of younger, more conventionally attractive rivals. Maxim explains that "imagining the slippery, sloppy butter-sex we'd have with Paula makes us...hungry for a bacon-wrapped, beer batter-fried stick of butter, weirdly." And we can't help but think that part of her appeal has to do with her reputation for danger.
If you're still unconvinced of Paula's allure, check out the following video slideshow, in which we've compiled seven of Deen's all-time most decadent recipes. We don't care about sexual orientation -- if you aren't a little turned on by the top couple on this list, you should get yourself checked out by a medical doctor immediately.