7 Regular Celebrities Who Awkwardly Crossed Over Into Celebrity Chefdom
Sometimes a reg celeb can transition into a celeb chef with ease. Take
Coolio, for example! Homeboy garnishes caprese salad like a boss. Others do it with such bizarre force that, after making this slideshow, we’re stuck with permanent cringe face.
Check out seven ordinary celebrities who probably should have stuck to their day jobs below.
1988 Olympic Men's Figure Skating Champion
Brian Boitano successfully translated South Park satire into a two-season stint on Food Network. After rising to fame during his memorable Olympic gold medal race, Brian was immortalized as a superhero in the South Park movie, with a musical number entitled "What Would Brian Boitano Do?" Ten years later, he landed a Food Network show, where he cooks for his besties from his home kitch (using the South Park clip as his title music, by the way), entitled What Would Brian Boitano Make? See what he did there? Culinary training and/or merits: unclear.
Grammy Award-winning country music sensaish
Trisha Yearwood has already made some bizarre transitions. Her stint on Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, anyone? Her recurring role on JAG? Yeah. But, she's also a twice-published cookbook author who just last year scored her own Food Network show called Trisha's Southern Kitchen. Never mind that her second cookbook landed on the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine's "Five Worst Cookbooks of 2010" list, noting that her recipes were loaded with fat and cholesterol. This is a woman who has her own catchphrase for "bowl of butter" (B.O.B.).
Steve Irwin face of Animal Planet, animal and nature conservationist Jeff Corwin actually and legitimately has a series on Food Network called Extreme Cuisine with Jeff Corwin. Yeah, it's basically Food Network's answer to Bizarre Foods, only with someone who probably has an uncomfortable knowledge of the foods' anatomies under his belt.
To quote one inimitable
Caroline Manzo: "Teresa, Teresa, Teresa." Real Housewife of New Jersey; infamous table-flipper; one of TV Guide's "60 Nastiest TV Villains of 2013"; and author of three cookbooks, oh so cleverly titled Skinny Italian, Fabulicious, and Fabulicious: Fast and Fit, which she used to publish cruel jokes about her co-stars, ultimately alienating herself from the show forever. We won't even mention her line of Bellini cocktails because the word "Fabellini" is an insult to drunkenness everywhere.
Crash actress Jennifer Esposito had to leave her role on CBS' Blue Bloods after a long-delayed diagnosis of Celiac Disease caused her to become so sick she could no longer work. Now successfully gluten-free, the scatter-brained BFF of Melissa McCarthy has not only opened her own vegan bakery in New York, but has also landed a spot on E!'s restaurant industry docu-series Playing With Fire. Well, yeah, we could open a cute bakery in NYC, too, if we had bazillions of dollars in the bank from years and years of a fruitful acting career.
Oh, Gwynnie Gwyn Gwyn. We will defend your Oscar-winning performance in
Shakespeare in Love to the ends of the earth, but we cannot abide by your GOOPified recipes or cookbook. Even if you do love , we simply cannot afford to garnish with Thug Kitchen $25 honey. We're writers. Also, if your wispy ass seriously gets chosen to play in the movie version of Gabrielle Hamilton Blood, Bones, and Butter -- seriously -- we will actually cut a bitch.
After an 85-pound weight loss,
Aretha Franklin contemplated publishing a cookbook called either Queen of Soul Food or Switchin' in the Kitchen (which does NOT sound like an instructional recipe book, by the way). However, considering her disastrous crash-and-burn while demoing a recipe on , we beg her to swim away from les arts culinaires. ( The Today Show last year Beg.)
How about celebrities who look like celebrity chefs?
Celebrity Chef Doppelgangers: part one part two and part three