14. Sunny Anderson
This competition that Food Network is hosting is going to be as much about having personalities as it is going to be about compiling the best chefs. So with that in mind, this competition wouldn’t be complete without perhaps Food Networks biggest and bubbliest personality, Sunny Anderson.
Let’s be frank, Anderson doesn’t have the cooking competition pedigree that a lot of the chefs on this ranking have (unless you count picking chefs to compete against Bobby Flay as part of that), but that doesn’t mean that she wouldn’t be able to hold her own. She’s a co-host of The Kitchen, she’s owned a restaurant in the biggest market in the US and has cooked on shows like The View, Good Morning America and The Talk.
Of course if all else fails, just having Anderson’s great outfits and funny wisecracks would be enough to make her appearance in the Tournament of Champions worth it.
13. Scott Conant
The more that we move up into the rankings, the more accolades and appearances on Food Network that we’re going to get from our chefs.
Coming in at the 13th spot I have Scott Conant. The reason being is, while Conant is not only a James Beard winning chef and great judge and contestant on Chopped, Most of his head to head competition is exclusive to that show.
He’s never competed on Iron Chef, he doesn’t venture over to Triple G and only ever selects competitors to try to beat Bobby Flay.
C’mon Scott, venture to more competitions and maybe I’ll move you up a little bit in the bracket!