Familiar Food Network Faces Among People’s Sexiest Chefs Alive

Guest Franco Noriega poses, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 11.

Photo by: Jason DeCrow ©© 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Jason DeCrow, © 2016, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Guest Franco Noriega poses, as seen on Food Network's The Kitchen, Season 11.

Being handy in the kitchen is a deeply attractive quality — the way to the heart is through the stomach and all that. So we probably didn’t need People magazine to tell us that a man who cooks is sexy. Still, it’s nice to see the chefs honored in the publication’s “sexiest man alive 2016” package get some deserved recognition for heating up the kitchen without firing up the stove.

Several friends of Food Network made People’s list, including Franco Noriega (pictured above), a former underwear model and New York restaurateur (the Lower East Side Peruvian chicken spot Baby Brasa). And while the magazine celebrates him for his “ripped” abs and “drool”-worthy Instagram snaps, we’re equally as likely to drool over the Peruvian-style chicken recipe he recently shared on The Kitchen.

James Briscione, the director of culinary development at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York and the host of our web series Cooking with Dad, gets a nod for his “brown eyes.” We find the way he engages his family in meal prep — whipping up everything from weekend brunch to easy beef stir fry for dinner — at least as appealing.

Alton Brown, of Good Eats and Cutthroat Kitchen fame, is honored both for “making culinary science sound sexy” and “rocking” his facial stubble. Here you can watch Alton and his sexy stubble go through a day on the set of Cutthroat Kitchen, which he describes as “busy-good” or “good-busy,” depending on your preference.

People also finds the “mesmerizing Italian accent” and “boyish good looks” of Cooking Channel host Gabriele Corcos “so hot.” Even though he’s married to actress Debi Mazar (who also happens to be his Extra Virgin co-host and frequent kissing partner), the magazine says with a sigh, “We can still dream, right?”

Yes, People editors, you can dream. (And so can the rest of you.)

Check out the rest of People’s list right here.

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