Guess the Chef!
Throwback Thursday just got a little more fun. Browse through old-school pics of your favorite chefs and see if you recognize them! (Spoiler alert -- their grownup photos are in there, too.) How many can you get right?
Can you name this corn-loving cutie?
It's our leading lady, Rachael Ray!
The preppy look preceded chef whites for this celeb.
It's Michael Symon, Iron Chef, restaurateur and co-host of ABC's The Chew.
This celeb chef has traded in his helmet for a toque.
It's Curtis Stone, chef, restaurateur, TV host and best-selling author!
Mama mia! This kiddo was destined to be a superstar chef.
It's Mario Batali before the orange clogs, TV shows and Italian food and restaurant empire.
Cluck cluck, do you recognize this little farm hand?
Co-host on Food Network's The Kitchen, Katie Lee traded playing with chickens for playing with her pug, Fionula.
This chef earned the nickname Obi Wan on a certain reality cooking show.
It's Jonathan Waxman, chef of Barbuto and two-time participant on Bravo's Top Chef Masters. Fun fact: Did you know Chef Waxman was originally a Ferrari salesman in California? The owner introduced him to the Tante Marie cooking school in San Francisco, and the rest is history!
Nice head of hair chef! Now imagine this guy with a buzz cut.
When he's not judging on Bravo's Top Chef or Best New Restaurant, James Beard Award winner Tom Colicchio is busy with his restaurants in NYC and Las Vegas.
This Food Network star has a three-letter catch phrase.
BAM! The Food Network star is also the chef-proprietor of 13 restaurants and the best-selling author of 18 cookbooks. His flagship, Emeril's New Orleans, turns 25 this year.
You may recognize Julia and Jacques, but who's the up-and-comer in chefs' whites?
It's Ken Oringer! He has 5 restaurants in Massachusetts, Maine and New York, including the James Beard Award-winning Clio in Boston.
This kid traded in his chopper for Chopped.
Along with being a judge on Food Network's Chopped Marc Murphy owns Landmarc in New York City, among others in his Benchmarc restaurant group. Watch out for his debut cookbook, Season with Authority, which will be released at the end of April!
This chef-restaurateur and Top Chef Masters contender learned from an early age that, when it comes to cake, one is never enough.
It's chef Anita Lo! Her restaurant, Annisa, is one of the most acclaimed restaurants in New York City.
The side ponytail may throw you off, but that adorable smile hasn't changed!
It wouldn't have been a real #TBT potluck party without Rach's pal Sunny Anderson, host of Cooking For Real and The Kitchen!
This future all-star chef's culinary creations are still finger-lickin' delicious.
Alex Guarnaschelli's lifelong passion for food has translated into a world-renowned restaurant, Iron Chef title and comfort food cookbook. Fun fact: her mother is the brilliant cookbook editor, Maria Guarnaschelli.
Though you might not recognize him without his other half, can you guess who this one-time Top Chef-testant is?
Chef Bryan Voltaggio's Washington D.C. and Maryland restaurants have it all, from wood-fired pizzas to fast-casual sandwiches. Yum-O!
This former flower child went on to share her cooking secrets on the Food Network.
Sara Moulton is one of the original Food Network stars and founder of the New York Women's Culinary Alliance. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, she worked for years in restaurant kitchens and was even mentored by Julia Child!
The celeb chef and TV judge in the middle had a great teacher in his chef-restaurateur mom!
Besides being a Chopped judge, Aaron Sanchez has also starred on Food Network shows Heat Seekers, Chefs vs. City, Best Thing I Ever Ate and Next Iron Chef. He is the chef/partner at Paloma in Stamford, CT and recently opened Johnny Sanchez in Baltimore and New Orleans. Fun fact: Aaron is also a partner at Daredevil Tattoo in NYC!
Graduating culinary school was only the beginning for this Top Chef Master.
The James Beard Foundation named Michael Schlow "Best Chef in the Northeast," for his world-renowned Boston restaurants, including Via Matt and Tico.
The cook on the right eventually became the most famous non-Muppet Swedish chef.
We'll unofficially grant the title of King of Harlem to Marcus Samuelsson. He's behind Red Rooster Harlem and Ginny's Supper Club, is currently co-producing a food and culture festival in Harlem and is opening Streetbird Rotisserie in the borough later this year.
You may not recognize this pastry whiz and Next Iron Chef contender at the bottom right with her longer locks.
The pastry (and savory!) chef Elizabeth Falkner not only competes and judges on TV -- she's currently the President of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs and says she finds her culinary inspiration in film, art, music, sculpture and -- get this! -- team sports!
Well before earning the nickname "Mr. Chocolate," this future pastry master was already a natural in the kitchen.
Jacques Torres, aka Mr. Chocolate, is the brainchild behind seven Jacques Torres Chocolate shops and counting in New York City. The sweets master is also the Dean of Pastry Arts at the International Culinary Center in New York. His wife, Hasty Torres, also owns her own chocolate business in Beverly Hills, appropriately named Madame Chocolat.
This Chicago-born Top Chef contender now runs one of the hottest spots in Brooklyn -- and just opened an outpost in Jersey City!
The recurring cheftestant on Bravo's Top Chef & Top Chef All-Stars has become one of the show's most popular cast members. His restaurant Talde is a neighborhood favorite in Brooklyn's Park Slope, and a second location recently opened in Jersey City.
This future pastry chef is sporting quite the mischievous smirk -- perhaps he's concocting his latest genius hybrid treat?
It's the Cronut creator! Besides being the mastermind behind one of America's most talked-about treats, Dominique Ansel was also crowned "Outstanding Pastry Chef" by the James Beard Awards. Before becoming the inventor of Frozen S'more, Magic Souffle and Milk & Cookie shots, Ansel spent many years as the acclaimed pastry chef at restaurant Daniel in New York City.
Can you recognize this future winemaker and Napa chef from his school picture?
This Napa Valley native keeps it close to home, from his restaurant, Bottega, to his award winning California olive oil business. He's hosted a slew of TV shows over the years and has appeared as both a contestant and judge on Top Chef Masters.
This meat master traded in his hand-crank mixer for a BBQ pit.
Adam Perry Lang
Adam Perry Lang, or APL, as Rach likes to call him, is a chef and barbecue and grilling expert. He's taken home the title of Grand Champion at the World Pork Expo and his pork shoulder won first place at the American Royal, aka The World Series of BBQ, in Kansas City. He opened his first restaurant, Daisy May's BBQ USA, in 2003.
From the gridiron to Iron Chef! Can you guess who this future culinary MVP is?
Iron Chef Jose Garces owns over a dozen acclaimed restaurants around the country and has published two Latin-inspired cookbooks. His newest restaurant, Volver, was just awarded a perfect four stars by Philadelphia Magazine.
This future celeb chef and cookbook author looks like he's ready for the disco! Can you guess who the guy on the right is?
With 11 cookbooks under his belt, Rocco DiSpirito has been busy. He's involved in charities such as HealthCorps, where he visits schools around the country to educate students about healthy eating. He's a frequent guest on the Rachael Ray show and enjoys bicycling and participating in triathlons (!) in his free time.
Even as a baby, this Chicago-based, Italian chef and television personality liked to charm the ladies.
By the time Fabio Viviani was 27, he was operating five restaurants in Florence, plus a farmhouse restaurant and two nightclubs! Now that he's living stateside, he runs Siena Tavern in Chicago, and plans to open two more restaurants there later this year.
This D.C.-based chef and restaurateur sure can rock a denim vest!
Washington D.C.-based chef Mike Isabella has true international flair: His restaurants focus on Italian (Graffiato), Greek (Kapnos) and Mexican (Bandolero) cuisines. Isabella was a runner-up on Top Chef All-Stars and is also a member of the American Chef Corps, a network of chefs who lend their talents to the State Department.