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As human beings, we are subject to the undeniable laws of attraction. If something looks good, we gotta have it. And if you've got an interest in food, neck-breaking sexy male chefs have a particular pull.
Sure, sure... brains, values, and aspirations all count too. But there's just something about catching a glimpse of a descendent of the Roman gods and then realizing "Holy shit! I'm not dreaming!"
These are the moments that make events all the more worth it.
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He's the closest thing to a king in the culinary industry. Bourdain takes bullshit from no one -- not even bigwig network execs. The kitchen badass, who started out a lowly college dropout, has been making his mark in the industry since graduating from culinary school and running kitchens all over New York City. He's written several books, starred in and hosted several TV shows, and spent a solid amount of time spearheading controversies and picking fights with some of the industry's biggest names. But most of all, Bourdain likes to eat, relish in his globetrotting lifestyle, and enjoy time with his wife and daughter -- plus keep one of the sassiest Twitter accounts up to date for a million-plus followers.
Bourdain can be seen at the Jiro Dreams of Sushi Film Screening at the Wolfsonian, 1001 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, on Friday, February 22, at 5:30 p.m. Tickets cost $125. You can also see him at the Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village Featuring MasterCard Grand Tasting Tents at 13th Street and Ocean Drive on Saturday and Sunday, February 22 and 23, at 11 a.m. Tickets cost $275 (Saturday) and $225 (Sunday).
A tattooed cook in the kitchen isn't exactly what one considers original these days. But a tattooed Canadian with a TV show of his life cooking outside the restaurant kitchen is a different story. Hughes's sweet and quirky demeanor doesn't match his bad-boy body art, but that's part of his charm. Catch him cruising around Mexico on his Cooking Channel show, Chuck's Week Off: Mexico. Driving an open-air Jeep, he seeks out the country's most exciting culinary adventures.
Hughes can be seen at the Whole Foods Market Grand Tasting Village Featuring MasterCard Grand Tasting Tents on Saturday and Sunday, February 23 and 24, at 11 a.m. Tickets cost $225.