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15 LGBTQ+ Chefs That Should've Been On Your Radar, Like, Yesterday

A delicious way to savor Pride month!

Navigating the testosterone-fueled world of professional kitchens is a difficult task for anybody, but these LGBTQ+ chefs have found success in their truth and in the incredible food they're making.

1. Tara Monsod

Tara Monsod standing in Animae

2. Yotam Ottolenghi

3. Ashleigh Shanti

4. Gregory León

Gregory Leon standing in front of JamesBeard Awards

5. Laine Myers

Laine Myers standing with arms crossed

6. Jo Chan

Jo Chan standing in group during Top Chef challenge

7. Silvana Salcido Esparza

Chef Silvana standing in front of Phoenix mural

8. Margot McCormack

9. Deborah VanTrece

Deborah VanTrece wielding a knife

10. Nick DeSimone

Nick DeSimone turned their decade of experience working in professional kitchens of all types into a writing career, spending the last two years writing about plant-based cooking, interesting recipes, and their trans journey for publications like Eater, USA Today, AllRecipes, and Mashed.

11. Supanut "Ann" Khanarak

Transgender Thai chef Supanut "Ann" Khanarak started her career specializing in Western food before finding herself reverting back to the cuisine of her homeland, studying Thai cooking in Sydney for eight years and moving back to Bangkok to head kitchens at the Metropolitan Hotel and the Four Seasons. She recently started consulting for the Front Room restaurant of the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok to rave reviews, serving simple, elegant Thai flavors with upscale ingredients like Gaeng massaman si-krong nuea, a massaman curry made with Australian Wagyu and sweet potato; Phla lai bua or lotus stem, pomelo and homemade chilli paste; Maphrao cheesecake, cheesecake with young coconut jelly and white chocolate mousse.

Along with consulting for the Front Room, Khanarak also co-runs pad thai joint Pad Thai Wanchart and plans on opening her own restaurant and cooking school in the near future.

12. Ritu Dalmia

Chef Ritu standing in front of a wall with arms crossed

13. Kristen Kish

14. Eileen Andrade

Eileen Andrade is posing at Food Network SoBe Wine and Food Festival

15. Lazarus Lynch

Lazarus Lynch at the MET gala