Given their often busy schedules and their super-sized salaries, many celebrities have help when it comes to doing basic household tasks. Quite a few have assistants who do things like run their errands and respond to their e-mails. Many have nannies to help with child care, and trainers to make sure they look fit. And, there are quite a few who have personal chefs. After all, staying healthy is a huge part of any celebrity’s job. They want to look amazing on stage, and be able to perform at their peak ability. A healthy diet can impact everything in a major way.
And, many celebrities also call in some help when it comes to hosting big parties. Sure, they could try to create a full Thanksgiving dinner, but their schedule is already so packed! When they can only carve out a small amount of time for family, they want to spend that time actually with their friends and family, not in the kitchen.
However, there are also some celebrities who absolutely love to cook and to be in the kitchen. Even though they definitely could hire someone to help them out, they don’t want to. They may have someone to assist with all the errands they don’t particularly like, but the cooking is all up to them. Several celebrities have become such amazing home cooks that they’ve even come out with best-selling cookbooks!
Whether you’re a foodie or simply love learning about celebrities’ interesting habits, here are 15 celebs who are surprisingly good cooks.
If you don’t know much about Chrissy Teigen, you may just know that she’s a model, or that she appears on Lip Sync Battle in the DJ booth. However, if you’re a fan, you may know that she’s a total foodie and loves nothing more than spending time in the kitchen.
While many would assume Teigen would be a healthy cooking queen, given her physique, the opposite is true. She absolutely loves decadent meals, and though she obviously controls her portion sizes, she’s not afraid of indulging. She now has two successful cookbooks on the market, Cravings and Cravings: Hungry for More. Fans can cook along to all the recipes she’s carefully developed.
There was a period when Julia Roberts seemed to be in every movie that hit theatres. Her career was thriving and she was constantly promoting her latest project. As she’s grown older, she’s taken a bit of a step back, focusing on her family and only selecting projects she truly loves. And, she’s also been nurturing her passions — like her love of cooking.
She dished about her kitchen prowess to E! News, saying that “I’m quite a good cook. I’m like a closet home ec teacher… I can really cook everything.” In fact, as she told People, her children love her meals so much they think she should open a restaurant. Who knows, perhaps that could be the next chapter in her life!
Jesse Tyler Ferguson
Given that he’s on a hugely successful sitcom, we would have thought Jesse Tyler Ferguson was too busy to spend time in the kitchen. However, the Modern Family star is actually a huge foodie who has started a food blog. Who knew?!
Along with his friend and professional chef, Julie Tanous, he launched Julie and Jesse Cook. They’ve co-created countless dishes, and Ferguson definitely dreams of eventually publishing a cookbook based on the blog’s recipes. He’s even said in interviews before that if he weren’t an actor, culinary school probably would have been his path of choice. We’ll have to test out a few of the dishes he’s created with Julie!
Thanks to their fame, celebrities have big platforms from which to share their message. For Alicia Silverstone, her focus has been on sharing the benefits of a vegan diet. She’s been a dedicated vegan for years now and came out with a cookbook called The Kind Diet.
In fact, she’s built a whole empire, The Kind Life, around the vegan way of eating. There are countless vegan cookbooks on the market, but having a celebrity name on the cover certainly helps. Silverstone is constantly sharing about how a vegan diet has improved her health and overall life, and she just wants everyone else to follow suit!
Eva Longoria may be best known for playing the spoiled Gabrielle Solis on Desperate Housewives, but in real life, she’s not leaving the cooking up to anyone else. It turns out, she absolutely loves being in the kitchen! Her mother taught her to cook when she was growing up, and as an adult, she’s put her celebrity capital behind a few culinary ventures.
However, she’s not just a silent investor backing restaurants. At one point, she released a cookbook called Eva’s Kitchen, where she shared many of her recipes. It’s clearly something she’s passionate about, and we can’t wait to see what other culinary ventures she embarks on.
Freddie Prinze Jr.
Back in the late ’90s and early ’00s, Freddie Prinze Jr. was a teen movie staple. He played the love interest in countless films, and audiences around the world loved him. He was a total heartthrob! After a while, he decided to take a bit of a step back from Hollywood and focus on another passion — food.
It turns out, he learned to cook alongside his mother when he was younger, and nearly went to culinary school. After he had reached a level of success in acting where he had a bit more flexibility, he decided to get back to his love of cooking. He released his cookbook, Back to the Kitchen, in 2016.
Blake Lively seems far too glamorous to spend time getting all covered with flour in the kitchen. However, that’s actually her happy place — she’s a huge foodie and loves spending time cooking.
In fact, at one point Lively even invited a Top Chef winner, Hung Huynh, to her home in New York to help her create a meal. Lively has wowed plenty of culinary celebrities with her skill set, proving that she’s not just a celebrity who can kind of cook — she’s a genuinely good cook. She’s passionate about developing her skills and is always trying to get better in the kitchen.
When Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart got a show on VH1, many assumed Snoop Dogg was just the comic relief. After all, Martha Stewart had an entire lifestyle empire — what would Snoop be able to contribute in the kitchen?
A lot, it turns out. While he may not seem like the biggest foodie, Snoop is actually very at home in the kitchen. Thanks to the popularity of the show, Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party, Snoop released his very own cookbook, From Crook to Cook. There’s plenty of recipes in there, including one for his famous lobster thermidor. We never would have guessed!
While Taylor Swift has been very busy over the past decade with her music career, she’s also found time to nurture other passions. Mainly, her love of cooking. She likes showing off the tasty items she’s baked for her friends and is apparently quite a good cook.
She got to experience a total dream when she cooked with Food Network queen Ina Garten a while ago. As Taylor said of her love of being in the kitchen, “there’s something really calming and soothing to me about having everything measured out and stirring it and pre-heating the oven and getting it all working out.” Cooking can definitely be a huge stress reliever!
While her acting career is still thriving, Reese Witherspoon has really branched out lately. She’s gotten in the lifestyle game with her brand Draper James, and she’s testing things out in the culinary world. This year, she released her very first cookbook, Whiskey in a Teacup — and we’re betting it won’t be her last.
While Witherspoon has been involved in Hollywood for decades now, her cooking is all about her Southern roots. She has recipes for staples such as fried chicken and buttermilk biscuits and can help you prepare a true Southern feast. It just goes to show that you can take the girl out of the South, but you can’t take the South out of the girl!
Michael Buble rose to superstardom thanks to his silky smooth voice that seemed like it was from another era. However, there’s a secret talent you may not even know he has — and it’s about his skills in the kitchen.
Apparently, when hew as just a teenager, he worked as a fisherman and a boat cook. He refined his skills during those younger years, and now, he loves being in the kitchen. As he told The Guardian, “I’m married to this beautiful girl and we attend asados. Of course, now I’m making roll-it-out gnocchi with my mother-in-law. Great chorizo, great asado — I’ll freaking make everything. I just love to cook.”
Many people still think of Lauren Conrad simply as that girl from the reality shows. She got her start on Laguna Beach when she was just a teenager, and then spend her early 20s having her life under the microscope on The Hills. She eventually left the world of reality television and opted to focus on another passion — building a lifestyle empire.
Now, Conrad isn’t quite the next Martha Stewart yet. However, she’s slowly building a loyal fan base who want to hear all about her adventures in crafting and in the kitchen. She’s definitely a bit of a healthy cook, experimenting with things like cauliflower crust pizza. You can read about all her culinary adventures on her blog.
While her little sister Hilary Duff has gotten more attention over the years, Haylie Duff has also had a successful career in Hollywood. However, she recently took a bit of a different career path and went into the world of hosting — on the Cooking Channel!
It turns out, Duff absolutely loves to cook, and started her own blog on the subject. That led to a cookbook and eventually led to her being asked to host The Real Girl’s Kitchen on the Cooking Channel. She’s a busy mom who often involves her daughter in her cooking, and she obviously has a passion for it.
Carrie Underwood may be best known for her amazing pipes, but it turns out she has skills in the kitchen as well! She spent years of her life as a vegetarian before eventually moving to a vegan lifestyle, as she’s a huge animal lover. However, that doesn’t mean she’s going to sacrifice flavor. She’s an amazing cook who loves to make vegan versions of all the Southern staples she grew up eating.
She’s been busy with her thriving music career, so she hasn’t done anything like release a cookbook yet. However, we would bet that it’s something she does at some point in the future. Perhaps she can ask fellow country star Trisha Yearwood for a few tips on making the move from singing to recipe writing.
Anna Kendrick has had a fairly interesting path to her passion for cooking. There was a time when she was completely lost in the kitchen. So, when she got a role in the movie What to Expect When You’re Expecting as a foodie, she and co-star Chace Crawford decided to take a cooking class. They wanted to brush up a bit on their skills in the kitchen so they looked convincing as two food truck chefs in the film. Kendrick’s kitchen skills were so bad that she nearly ended up chopping off a fingertip!
That incident prompted her to really up her game in the kitchen, and learn a few more skills. She did, and now, she’s a huge foodie. She absolutely loves to bake, and can definitely whip you up a batch of something sweet at any time.
References: Simplemost, The Recipe, Us Magazine, Pure Wow