Top 5 Food Network chefs to have over for Thanksgiving

Ever wonder what Thanksgiving is like for the people you see on the Food Network or Cooking Channel?  The food must be amazing.  Do they let anyone help in the kitchen?  Or do they take the day off and let others do the cooking?

Many people fantasize about having their favorite chef come to their home and cook for their family for the holidays.

Even for those who like to cook, just having the expert on hand to guide the meal would be a dream come true.

Something remarkable about the personalities on The Food Network and The Cooking Channel is that they have to have more going for them than just mad cooking skills to be popular.  They have to know their stuff, be able to teach recipes and be likable.  In other words, these chefs and home cooks must pass the beer test in order to last.

Imagine having them over?  Not just to cook, but also to hang out with.  Would Chef Robert Irvine be used as a tree by the children who wanted to body climb him?  How much fun would Anne Burell, Guy Fieri, Sunny Anderson, Carla Hall, Jet Tila, Simon Majumdar, Scott Conant and Michael Symon be at a games night after the feasting is done?   Would Bobby Flay, Cat Cora and  Duff Goldman fight to see who gets to be the bartender for the festivities?  What about Ina Garten?  What fun stories would she tell?

Here are the Top Five Celebrity Chefs you want to over for Thanksgiving

Curtis Stone

Curtis Stone is a handsome chef who is a staple as a judge on cooking challenge shows.  His sweet-nature, wonderful Australian accent and rich laugh would be a welcome addition to any party.  He could supply his granny’s roasted spuds.  This garlicky, crispy dish is a cool switch from traditional mashed potatoes. Also, his Aussie sausage rolls would be a lovely appetizer offering.

Ree Drummond

Ree Drummond
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Ree Drummond, aka The Pioneer Woman, is one of the most popular food bloggers around and is known for her welcoming personality and family-friendly dishes.  Imagine her telling stories of life on the ranch and taking photos of all when she isn’t whipping up something wonderful for Thanksgiving.   Her bacon wrapped-dates would be the perfect appetizer to get things off to a salty-sweet start.

Ted Allen

Ted Allen
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Ted Allen spends a lot of time on Chopped, but also is the author of two cook books.  It would be so nice to have him in the kitchen to direct traffic and keep everyone calm.  When family drama exists, Ted could easily help dissipate any trouble with his calm, yet friendly demeanor.  Have him help you make some of his special Cointreau cranberry relish and that will delight you and your guests.

Giada De Laurentiis

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Is Giada ever not smiling?  Imagine this positive presence in your kitchen.  Perhaps she would help you with your bird?  Her turkey with Herbes de Provence and citrus is amazing.  It would certainly add more smiles to you and your guests.

Alton Brown

Alton Brown is like the cool, odd uncle that everyone can’t wait to have stop by for a family gathering. He is fun and knows a lot about everything.  He would probably have any great stories about some of his favorite battles on Cutthroat Kitchen.  Just make sure he brings his famous baked macaroni and cheese.

Which Food Network personality would you most want to have over for Thanksgiving?

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Michelle Tompkins

Michelle Tompkins is an award-winning media, PR and crisis communications professional with more than ten years experience with coverage in virtually every traditional and new media outlet. She is currently a communications and media strategist and writer, as well as the author of College Prowler: Guidebook for Columbia University. She served as the Media Relations Manager for the Girl Scouts of the USA where she managed all media and talking points, created social media strategy, trained executives and donors and served as the organization’s primary spokesperson, participating in daily interviews with local, regional, and national media outlets. She managed the media for the Let Me Know internet safety and Cyberbullying prevention campaign with Microsoft, as well as Girl Scouts’ centennial Year of the Girl To Get Her There celebration in 2012, which yielded more than 800 million earned media impressions. In addition to her extensive media experience, Michelle worked as a talent agent in Los Angeles, California, as well contracting as a digital content developer and her writing has appeared in newspapers and online. She is passionate about television, theater, classic movies, all things food and in-home entertaining. While she has lived and worked in NYC for more than a decade, she is from suburban Sacramento and gets back there often to watch the San Francisco Giants on TV with her family.

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