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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Foodies! See Homes of Famous Chefs | Zillow Blog - Real Estate Market Stats, Celebrity Real Estate, and Zillow News

While traditional recipes reign, many people turn to America’s favorite celebrity chefs to provide a unique twist on some Thanksgiving staples.  So where do the masterminds behind these recipes cook up their own holiday feast? In their homes! Here’s a list of 10 famous chef’s homes where Thanksgiving magic is all but guaranteed.

Rachael Ray
Southampton, NY

Celebrity chef and author, Rachael Ray, may have to take a break from her 30-minute meals to prepare an amazing Thanksgiving dinner at her European villa-style home in Southampton, NY.

The Wall Street Journal first reported Ray’s interest in the 6.2-acre estate back in 2007, and, according to public record, she finally purchased the home in 2008 for $2.1 million.  The property  includes a 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom main house, 2-bedroom guest house and a quaint 1-bedroom, 1-bathroom cottage making it an ideal destination for the family holiday.

On Rachael’s table: Pumpkin Soup with Chili Cran-Apple Relish (and yes, her beloved EVOO is in it)

Bobby Flay
Hunters Point, NY (former)

Food Network’s resident grill master, Bobby Flay, lives a busy life as an author, Iron Chef, executive chef to 10 restaurants, and host to a series of cooking shows (Boy Meets Grill, BBQ with Bobby Flay, Throwdown! With Bobby Flay, Grill It! With Bobby Flay, The Best Thing I Ever Ate). Before moving to his custom, dream home in the Stoney Hill area of Amagansett, NY, Flay relaxed and enjoyed a casual game of pool at his ivy-draped apartment in Hunters Point, NY (above). His Amagansett home, which was completed in August of 2010, is hidden amongst the trees on a 2.89-acre lot, which he and wife, actress Stephanie March (“Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”) purchased for $1.5 million in 2009. The new home fittingly features an indoor and outdoor kitchen.

On Bobby’s table: Smoked Chile Scalloped Sweet Potatoes

Guy Fieri
Santa Rosa, CA

Guy Fieri first popped onto America’s TV set as the 2nd season winner of The Next Food Network Star. Now, his trademark bleach-blonde spiked hair is all over Food Network’s prime-time slot as host to popular cooking shows like Guy’s Big Bite and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. When Thanksgiving rolls around, however, this “Culinary Rock Star” takes a break from scoping out the country’s foodie hotspots and whips up some bold flavors for the crew at his home in Santa Rosa, CA (above). In an interview with the Press Democrat, Fieri’s wife says they’ve put a lot of the Food Network income into improving their modest home and are comfortable without the glitz and glamor. According to Zillow, the home sits on 1.21 acres and features 4-bedrooms, 3-bathrooms and over 2,000 sq-ft of living space.

On Guy’s table: The Mean Green

Andrew Zimmern
St. Paul, MN (former)

Internationally recognized chef, Andrew Zimmern, puts his taste buds to the test on his Travel Channel show Bizarre Foods. When the globetrotting foodie isn’t stretching the limits of edibility, he used to cozy up for the holidays in this 1894 Victorian home (above) in St. Paul, MN. The 3-bedroom, 1.5-bathroom house features refinished hardwoods and a gigantic yard that is perfect for hosting the occasional dinner party. According to public records, Zimmern recently sold the property in May of this year for $247,000.

On Andrew’s table: Perfect Thanksgiving Turkey, Stuffing and Gravy

Paula Deen
Savannah, GA

For ya’ll that are fans of butter and Southern-style comfort food, Paula Deen is a cooking idol. Host of Food Network’s Paula’s Home Cooking, Deen is sure to be chefing up some flavorful dishes with some Southern flair at her 4-bedroom, 4.5-bathroom home in Savannah, GA.  For an inside look, watch CMT Cribs, where the country cook gives a guided tour through her “home, sweet, home.”

On Paula’s table: Loaded Mashed Potatoes

Emeril Lagasse
New Orleans, LA

Master chef, Food Network host and author, Emeril Lagasse, stepped onto the culinary scene with a BAM! The charismatic cook is always on the move as the face of Emeril Live and Essence of Emeril and owner to restaurants all over the country, including Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada and Pennsylvania. When it comes to the holidays, however, the only place Emeril will “kick it up a notch” is at his home in New Orleans, LA (pictured above), which sits on the edge of the exclusive English Turn Golf and Country Club.

On Emeril’s table: Brussels Sprouts with Walnuts

Martha Stewart
East Hampton, NY

The ultimate house and home guru, Martha Stewart, covers Thanksgiving from turkey tips to table settings. For almost three decades, Stewart enjoyed spending the holidays at her famous Turkey Hill residence, a 4-acre property in Westport, CT.  The 19th-century, 3-bedroom farmhouse, where Stewart launched her career, was put on the market for $9 million in 2006 and later sold for $6.7 million – a 26% discount. While the menu may already be decided, Stewart now has to choose between hosting dinner at her Lily Pond Lane estate in East Hampton, NY (pictured above) or her home in Katanah, NY.

On Martha’s table: Everything Turkey (and we mean everything). Plus, Martha is doing a 3-day Thanksgiving hotline with 30 chefs providing tips through Wednesday.

Charlie Palmer
Greenwich Village, NY

Three-star Michelin chef Charlie Palmer is best known for his flagship restaurant, Aureole, which served as a platform for the cast of fine dining restaurants that fall under the Charlie Palmer brand. The Progressive American cuisine-style chef splits his time between Sonoma County, CA and New York and recently scooped up an apartment in the remodeled Devonshire House building (pictured above).  Despite the new pad’s “elegant modern interior” and amazing Greenwich Village location,  the New York Observer reports that Palmer only purchased a 893-sq ft apartment. With a wife and 4 sons,  it is safe to assume Palmer will be flying back to Sonoma before any Thanksgiving cooking commences.

On Charlie’s table: Cornbread and Sausage Stuffing

Ina Garten (“Barefoot Contessa”)
East Hampton, NY

Barefoot Contessa host Ina Garten, is a fan of simple, quick-to-cook French food that would be undoubtedly incorporated into her Thanksgiving menu. According to, the East Hampton, NY home was originally part of Mulford Farm and owned by the Mulford family since 1640. Garten has lived in the home for almost two decades and, retaining its historic charm, has turned the property into a country classic. The home was even featured in House Beautiful as the 2009 Kitchen-of-the-Year.

On Ina’s table: Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Giada De Laurentiis
Pacific Palisades, CA

Bubbly, Italian chef and Food Network host, Giada De Laurentiis, shares her Italian cuisine secrets during her show Giada at Home. Who knows what kind of Italian flair she is capable of mixing into Thanksgiving favorites, but we’re sure it’s a perfect outcome at her extensively remodeled 1,600-sq ft home in Pacific Palisades, CA (pictured above). The home is adorned with modern furniture and features a terrace with outdoor kitchen, office, completely rebuilt kitchen and rooftop deck with views of the ocean. Take a peek at the inside of her home in Architectural Digest.

On Giada’s table: Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Maple Cinnamon Sage Brown Butter

Julia Child
Cambridge, MA

Last but not least, if the true queen of cooking were still alive, a Thanksgiving dinner at Julia Child’s Cambridge home would be a dream-come-true for any generation. Known for introducing America to French cuisine, the culinary icon lived in a historic 6,000-sq ft home built in 1889 (pictured above). The three-story house has since been renovated and features 5 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, 4 fireplaces, an eat-in kitchen and spacious brick patio. If you’re interested in seeing Julia’s kitchen as it once was, check out the spot-on replica of her kitchen at the Smithsonian.

In Memorium: Julia Child’s Roast Turkey Recipe

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone and Bon Appétit!

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