8. Aaron Sanchez
You want to talk battle tested Chefs? well that’s what you’re getting with Aaron Sanchez. His resume includes competing on Iron Chef America (Sanchez is one of the few chefs who has had his competition end in a tie when he and chef Masaharu Morimoto tied in the “Black Bass Battle”), judging over 44 episodes of Chopped, and competing to receive the title of Iron Chef on The Next Iron Chef.
Outside of that, Sanchez has also published two cookbooks and is an avid philanthropist. Sanchez certainly has the chops to take it all if he was to be selected for the Food Network Tournament of Champions.
7. Marcus Samuelsson
While his success on Food Network speaks for itself, Marcus Samuelsson may be one of the handful of chefs on this rankings who has had just as much success outside of cable TV as he has had on it.
Sure, lots of people know that Samuelsson is a host for Chopped, Chopped: Junior and Beat Bobby Flay, and most people also know that he’s competed and won both Chopped: All-Stars and Top Chef: Masters. However, did you know that the Swedish-Ethiopian chef was once the James Beard award winner for “Best Chef: New York City”, or that he had the opportunity to cook for President Obama?