What is PeekScore?: PeekScore is a rank from 1 to 10, assigned to every person. The higher someone’s score, the “more important” they are on the web. In calculating your PeekScore and updating it often, PeekYou takes into account your known presence and activity on the Internet, including but not limited to; your blogging, participation in social networks, the number of your friends, followers, or readers, the amount of web content you create, and your prominence in the news.
Over the past decade, the ever-rising popularity of things such as cable television’s Food Network and the internet’s Epicurious.com have birthed a vibrant sub-culture of amateur bon vivants. These self-proclaimed “foodies” often have their cameras at the ready for every meal, and are quick to tweet and blog of every freshly visited eatery, and each new gastronomic adventure, as though they’re somehow remarkable for enjoying things that taste good.
Beyond these hardcore enthusiasts exists an even larger group of armchair gourmands; especially diletante foodies content to sit in their living rooms and absent-mindedly gaze upon flickering images of presumably good food being prepared in a way that they’re told is well. As a result, over the past decade, our culture has gone from one where most people could maybe name one or two chefs of any description (say, Julia Child and Col. Sanders) to one where children dream of Mario Batali the way they might have done the Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers once upon a time.
Okay, that last bit is obviously false, but it is true that ours is now a culture where many chefs – some charismatic, some photogenic, some genuinely great – are household names. We decided to take 20 of the most famous of these men and women, and see how they measure up in the digital footprint department. This is not a measurement of their qualities as chefs or broadcasters, nor is it a commentary on their fame in the world at large. Simply, this is a look at how much these folks are representing themselves and/or being spoken of here in cyberspace, dotted with its innumerable food blogs and websites as it is.
Who are some of your favorite celebrity chefs? Who did we leave out? Let us know in the comments.
||Bobby Flay||Owner of Mesa Grill, and Food Network star.||9.56 / 10.00|
||Anthony Bourdain||Author of best-selling tell-all Kitchen Confidential, and host of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.||9.37 / 10.00|
||Jamie Oliver||Star of the Naked Chef, and well-known health activist.||9.35 / 10.00|
||Guy Fieri||Host of Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, and all-around media personality.||9.19 / 10.00|
||Mario Batali||Owner of numerous restaurants and all-around media personality.||9.11 / 10.00|
||Emeril Lagasse||Host of Emeril Live, and all-around media personality.||9.01 / 10.00|
||Gordon Ramsay||Host of TV’s Hell’s Kitchen.||8.90 / 10.00|
||Duff Goldman||Star of reality program Ace of Cakes.||8.46 / 10.00|
||Wolfgang Puck||Opened Spago in 1982. One of the world’s most famous chefs.||8.33 / 10.00|
||Jacques Pépin||Currently starring in PBS series Essential Pepin.||8.19 / 10.00|
||Eric Ripert||Executive Chef at Le Bernardin.||8.11 / 10.00|
||Daniel Boulud||Owner of numerous restaurants and the Feast & Fêtes catering company.||8.11 / 10.00|
||Art Smith||Former personal chef to Oprah Winfrey.||8.10 / 10.00|
||Giada De Laurentiis||Host of Food Network’s Everyday Italian and Giada at Home.||8.06 / 10.00|
||Susan Feniger||Co-host of Too Hot Tamales, and appeared on Top Chef Masters.||7.70 / 10.00|
||Stephanie Izard||Winner of Top Chef’s fourth season, and the only woman to ever win on that program.||7.62 / 10.00|
||Amanda Freitag||Star of Unique Eats, and guest on Iron Chef America.||7.58 / 10.00|
||Mary Sue Milliken||Co-host of Too Hot Tamales, and appeared on Top Chef Masters.||7.56 / 10.00|
||Jean-Georges Vongerichten||French chef, currently hosting Kimchi Chronicles on PBS.||7.05 / 10.00|
||Tom Colicchio||Former co-owner of New York’s Gramercy Tavern, and winner of five James Beard Award medals.||7.00 / 10.00|