12/19/2012 09:56 am ET Updated Dec 19, 2012

Celebrity Chef Winners & Losers Of 2012

Just as the gods of ancient Greece watched over the battles and passions of Achilles and Hector from atop their thrones on Mount Olympus, all the while scheming and fighting amongst themselves, in a brighter reflection of the affairs of men, so too celebrity chefs reign over the food world above the fray and acting it out. This past year has shown us that more than ever. The country's Food Network stars and high-profile restaurant cooks were cattier, more dramatic and yet more august than ever. Click through the slideshow below for a refresher course in what they did over the past 12 months, and to find out who emerged a winner and a loser in 2012: