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Susan Axelrod

Susan Axelrod's food writing career began in the kitchen; she owned a restaurant and catering business before turning to journalism more than a decade ago. By day, she is an online content producer for and the Portland Press Herald. To relax, she bakes, gardens and hikes with her husband and their two dogs, preferably followed by a cocktail. Susan can be contacted at 791-6310 or On Twitter: @susansaxelrod

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Posted: May 31, 2013

Three Maine chefs are among ‘Sexiest Chefs Alive’

Written by: Susan Axelrod - staff writer -

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.

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