Thursday April 24th 2014

Three Maine chefs are among ‘Sexiest Chefs Alive’

By: Susan Axelrod

From left: Shannon Bard/Facebook; Luke Holden/TEDx; Melissa Kelly/James Beard Foundation

Cheffing (yeah, it’s a word, because we said so) is not, by nature, a sexy profession. Kitchens are hot, sticky, dangerous places – and you have to wear long pants and sleeves to keep from burning or cutting yourself. Long hair is not a plus. And yet, there are some chefs – both female and male – that manage to butcher, baste and braise while somehow looking especially fetching. Thinking that it’s important to know who these sexy beasts are, Business Insider, of all publications, today published a list of the 30 Sexiest Chefs Alive. Three of them are from Maine: #28 Shannon Bard of Zapoteca in Portland (no stranger to such contests, she made it to the final round of Eater Maine’s Hottest Chef competition in February); #7 Melissa Kelly of Primo in Rockland (we’re sure this designation is equal to her recent James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef, Northeast, right?); and #18 Luke Holden, a Cape Elizabeth native who operates 10 Luke’s Lobster locations.