The Sexiest Female Chefs On The Food Network

I like gravy. Oh sure, I like the kind that starts with a roux – equal parts butter and flour – slowly browned till golden, and then the milk or stock or wine or pan drippings or whatever added and reduced to a silky consistency, perhaps finished with a pat of butter and served glistening over our favorite foods. But in this case we're making the sweetest cream gravy and serving it over the sexiest female chefs on The Food Network, good enough to eat, their cooking that is, and a feast for the eyes as well.

Cat Cora
Cat Cora
Robin Miller
Robin Miller
Sandra Dee
Sandra Dee
Suzie Fogelson
Suzie Fogelson

I offer no apologies for those I have included, but do offer some for those I have not. Who am I after all to decide who is in and who is out? I am no one, just a fan, not even a foodie, but an enthusiastic cook and completely male. I offer no apologies for that either. I am limited by space, and regret my exclusion of Cat Cora, the Iron Chef, a warrior and magnificent. So stunned am I by her skill that I have failed to think of her in that way, but promise to in the future. I am also regretful not to have included Robin Miller, who I find imminently attractive and comfortable and, unfortunately, reminiscent of my mother, and the whole Oedipus thing freaks me out. Some too may object to my exclusion of Sandra Lee. I'm sure she has many admirers. Shoot, if life was fair I'd include Suzie Fogelson, Food Network VP of Marketing and Sexiness and Judge on The Next Food Network Star, but she's not a chef, I don't think, so that might be pushing it.

No, these choices are mine and mine alone, so I've picked these six, with their charm, grace and knife-wielding skills for that exciting element of danger and dash of spice that intoxicates me. Do one of them a kindness and the pleasure will be returned to you ten thousand times. Do one of them wrong and they'll sauté your rotten heart in the soured wine of bad love. But they wouldn't do that, not to me, never, for they are sweet, succulent, and nectarish , and I have been completely charmed by them, sent lustily whirling in a salad spinner. In my deepest dreams, when I walk into the kitchen of my fantasy restaurant, that picture up there is what my sous chefs look like. Well, I said it was a dream. If that was really the case, screw the restaurant, let's go party!

So enjoy this feast of the Sexiest Female Chefs on the Food Network. It's your appetizer, entree', and dessert all rolled into one...or six. And with six, you get mighty big eggroll.

First on the forbidden menu is Claire Robinson, enticing, French-trained chef of 5 Ingredient Fix, her exotic good looks and sweet nature capture you like a good mystery novel. She says she's multi-ethnic, and so she must be, for one ethnicity could not contain Ms. Robinson. There is a familiarity about her, as though she's your very best friend and most passionate lover who would be as magnificent in the boudoir as in a Chelsea bar drinking Checker Cab Ale and pounding down shots of Jack – reminiscent of her Memphis days. As you discuss the relative merits of a buerre blanc sauce versus a buerre rouge sauce, her sudden smile would accentuate her prominent cheekbones in the smoky light as her lusty eyebrows got that sly look that said it was time to go home for her special night cap. Lead the way, Ms. Robinson, for you have mysteries I have yet to uncover.

The south-of-the-border beauty Marcela Valladolid brings the initiated the spicy, authentic flavors of Mexico with their characteristic heat and deep richness that we have come to associate with Mexico...and her food's not bad either. As host of Mexican Made Easy, you'll find yourself full and satisfied by her easy charm and bubbly attitude. She just seems like fun, dammit, and you'll be as drunk as a Tijuana tourist and as crazy as a loco weed-eating burro on her indescribable good looks and the forbidden promise of this beautiful woman. If only Marcella was as easy as her recipes. I don't wish to downplay her training either. Growing up in a family of chefs, she went on to study at Los Angeles Culinary Institute and if that's not enough for you arrogant philistines, she graduated from the Ritz Escoffier Cooking School in Paris. But there is this: Why, oh why has she been relegated to the dead zone of 8:30 AM on Saturday mornings when all good Mexican Pumpkins are still snug in their vegetable beds sleeping off their tequila Friday? Please, Ms. Fogelson, V.P. of Marketing and Hotness, give this beauty her due: Invite her to the new time slot dance where her remarkable beauty can be savored by all. You may not know what to do with her, but I do. Oh, I sure do.


The Roman-born, raven haired beauty, Giada De Laurentiis , aka The Queen of Cleavage (I swear, you seldom see her on her show, Everyday Italian, without her substantial cleavage exposed..not that I'm complaining) has become a Food Network icon. Her deep Mediterranean good looks and culinary knowledge have taken her very far indeed and made her the poster girl for hormone-frenzied foodophiles everywhere. As you both lounge on the Italian Riviera – if you were the lucky one - you could dive into her deep blue eyes as refreshing as a dip in the Gulf of Genoa, her olive-oil skin, sweet and fruity, glistening in the sun as you towel her dry you imagine, and later you will sample her cuisine and her femininity. Isn't dreaming a wonderful thing? I wish the Food Network would let us dream more instead of her excessive overexposure (and I'm not talking about her cleavage.) Her show – or shows – are on ad nauseum and you, Food Network, are in serious danger of making us tire of her. Don't. Pull back a little. Give the lady a break. In the meantime, I'll be dreaming.

Former member of the Air Force, Sunny Anderson will fly into your conscious and your heart. Her “down to earth” attitude and style make you feel as though you have known her your whole life. The girl, to put it bluntly, is huggable and more, fun to be with and fun to play with. I can imagine a snowy night in Brooklyn, the blanket of virgin snow having chased the cabs and traffic away for a short reprieve, and us, next to a gentle fire with a hot coco and hotter libido, and much, much more than a reflection of the fire in our eyes. There is beauty everywhere if you will but look for it, and if you see the deep down beauty of Sunny, she will see it in you, and then you will be a king, top of the mountain, enveloped by her substantial goodness, languorous in her feminine pulchritude. And satisfied, my friend, imminently, thoroughly, richly satisfied.

You can hardly write about female chefs on the Food Network without including Rachael Ray. I remember our first time, the first time I saw her, that is, on her show, 30 Minute Meals. She was cute and bubbly and adorable and...well, other things. This was before the unfortunate franchise of Rachael began. The horrid talk show, then the absurd $40 Dollars A Day, and now there's some show with her husband, who's the last person we want to see. No, no, friends, pay no attention to these blemishes on Rachael's enticing derriere. The talk show will horrify you, the $40 Dollars a Day will only teach you that she's a lousy tipper, and the other will only remind you that she's taken. Stick with the original, for that is what she is, original. And she can be sexy too, as sexy as she wanna be, and she can do a lot more to you in 30 minutes than prepare you a meal. Douse her in EVO and have a delicious sammy!


With her Italian-American and French upbringing, Aida Mollenkamp learned how to cook at a very early age, and as a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Paris, she has the Diplôme to back it up. But enough about her cooking chops, because this is about her savoir faire, her grace and beauty, and she's got it by the bucketful. Her fashion model beauty is stunning, and a smile from her is a promise made by heaven, an acknowledgment that all is well with the world and the planets are indeed aligned. But the question raises itself again: Does the Food Network just not know what to do with a truly extraordinary beauty? Do they just stand there and stammer, tongue-tied as they stare at the floor, too terrified to ask her to dance? First they saddle her with that stupid premise of her show, Ask Aida, and then give her a nerd computer geek sidekick and wonder why she isn't more popular. (Never mind the premise was actually the idea of a losing contestant on The Next Food Network Star.) And now she has been bussed to the new sister channel, The Food Channel. Aw, for heaven's sake, have a ticker tape parade for her in Manhattan. Promote her. Welcome her to New York. The city, and America will embrace her. Her loveliness demands it.

They say that we begin eating with our eyes, and these rare beauties prove it, for we have already feasted long before we've even gotten to the main course. And dessert, that sweetest of confections, no matter it's form or substance, as long as it's delicious and beautiful, is only a dream away. An exciting, enticing, satiating dream. And that is a promise that these lovely ladies can keep.

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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

What could make men happier than sexy cooks? That just about covers all the bases, doesn't it?


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mysterylady 89 6 years ago from Florida

You found some great pictures. A couple of Rachel Ray's surprised me. And you sure are right about Giada's cleavage.

I, of course, am partial to Bobby Flay!


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Paradise: Sure, but I can tell you that as a fair cook myself, I love to cook for a special lady. So tell me, how to ladies feel about a guy who cooks for them?


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Mysterylady: Yeah, the pictures were a pain, and Rachael Ray's are surprising and pretty nervy. You're just the person I wanted to talk to. I finished South Of Broad...oh my, it was absolutely great. I loved it; couldn't put it down, and I'm going to read a lot more of his work. Oddly, this ties in with this hub. When I started this, I was going to have a whole different attitude, kinda self-effacing about writing it in the first place and my comments were going to lean much more towards snarky, but in the middle of the first sentence - thinking about the great poetry of Conroy's writing - I completely switched and decided I was going to treat it seriously and try to use this as a way to practice describing beautiful women - a thing at which I am woefully inadequate in my fiction. So this is over the top. In reality, my reaction to these ladies is, "She's pretty cute," and that's the extent of it.

I'm a fan of Bobby Flay's too, but I don't think of him in THAT way...Ha, ha!


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mysterylady 89 6 years ago from Florida

You are no longer "woefully inadequate" in describing beautiful women - your descriptions are great. My favorite chef is probably the Barefoot Contessa, but I thought using Bobby Flay would be funnier, and I like him, too. I hate the Neely's because I can't stand their "sweetie" tone and therefore cannot stand to listen to them.

I am so glad you loved Pat Conroy. I have read quite a few of his books and thoroughly enjoyed them. "Prince of Tides" contains a chapter about a dolphin that can stand alone as a masterpiece of humor.

Btw, I love it when a man cooks for me!


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Mystery Lady: Thanks for that re. my descriptions. I needed that, and am a little embarrassed and shy about them, as silly as that sounds.

Couldn't agree more about the Neelys. I just want to slap them for Saccarine Sweetness that seems more forced than prison sex! Sorry, but don't like Contessa either cause the show's so fake.

Ha, there's a dolphin in South of Broad too. Very sweet. Hmmm, so what do you want for supper?


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mysterylady 89 6 years ago from Florida

I guess I must buy Conroy's book. especially after hearing about the dolphin. His books do tell the same story again and again, but in so many different ways that you really stay fascinated.

I am pleased you also don't like the Neelys, even though their food may be good. I also understand what you say about the Barefoot Contessa. I guess I envy her Hamptons lifestyle.

If you cook for me, your sour dough bread is a must! I hesitate about a salt-free meal, though. I must read your hub on that.


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

On special occasions, I throw out the "low sodium" guidelines. And you are a special occasion.


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mysterylady 89 6 years ago from Florida

I love it! I think you have become a very special friend.


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Awww, twernt nothin', Ma'am.


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Candie V 6 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

Ha!! I'll agree with Giada.. She's positively adorable and you can tell she get's her 'look' from her mom! I don't get the foody channel so I'm in the dark about all but Rachel. Another girl who took lessons from Oprah and started the beginnings of a dynasty. Great hub Chris!!

And... I'll gladly share my kitchen with you!


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

candie: thanks for reading and the comment. Yeah, Rachael's got a dynasty going all right. I don't much care for that stuff though.

Share your kitchen, huh? What kind of equipment do you have?


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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest

When I look at Rachael Ray now, all I see is Martha Stewart in the making- talk show, products, crap, crap, etc. Ray has always been annoying to me when I first saw her travel shows. But Giada is cool to watch and I've actually tried some of her recipes. I think you need to put a few guys on here, what about Curtis Stone- hottie!


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Izetti, you'll have to write the one with the dudes. Besides, the title says, "Female Chefs." The guys might be offended to be included. I agree with you about Rachael Ray. I can't watch any of those other shows (like I have time anyway.) The only thing about Giada is they are over-exposing her. She's on too much and people will tire of her. Hope not. Thanks for reading and your comment!


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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest

Yeah I hope Giada doesn't turn into even a fraction of what Rachael Ray has become. Giada is the only show I would make anything from- others, I've barely heard of whatever they're cooking and wonder where the hell they get some of the ingredients, like everyone casually has caviar or lychees hanging around their kitchen cupboards. I'm more of a keep it simple, stupid cook. I make some mean (as in yummy) chocolate peanut butter and jelly cookies from one of Giada's shows.


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Mmmmmm..that sounds delish! I generally don't make their recipes either, but I pick up tips and techniques, get ideas, and incorporate stuff into my own recipes.


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Beth100 6 years ago from Canada

This brings a whole new twist to the saying "A man's heart is through his stomach". :) You've served these beautiful chefs up with class and a hint of mystique.


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

Now I am hungry ! ( wink wink ! )


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hi Beth: Thanks so much for visiting. You can get to a man's heart through his stomach, with some other important factors of course. I have found you can also get to a woman's heart that way!

Tony: I'll bet you are hungry. Unfortunately, I don't have what you crave in my pantry. Thanks!


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epigramman 6 years ago

Nigella Lawson - for me - because sex appeal like food is very subjective - is the sexiest cooking expert alive!

I would eat her TV dinners - frozen - she's so hot!

Please check her out! And I also feel very attracted to Julia Childs for obvious reasons - it's her voice and the fact she could make spaghetti from a g-string!!!!

As for your sexy female chefs - good choices indeed - they say food is a grand aphrodisiac - well I say - so are your hubs and of course that profile photo - you must have an army of women beating down your door because you combine all the great qualities - wit, flair, a knowing wink, and the inimitable ability to entertain and also educate - lucky hubbers and hubbettes we are - as they say, in this business of comments - lucky to share!!!!!!


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

epigramman: I have to agree on Nigella, though I don't think she has a show airing on FN right now. Maybe I should make an exception in her case!

And Julia started it all of course. Been watching her since I was a kid (she's on the new Food Channel at 1PM currently...the old ones.) As long as she doesn't make that spaghetti out of one of her own g-strings!

Thanks for all the kind words. I only wish I could confirm your suspicions. Thanks!


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epigramman 6 years ago

..and oh yes - another key word to describe Christoph -

lots and lots of CHARM!!!


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Petra Vlah 6 years ago from Los Angeles

So Chris, you are going against the rule "do not trust a skinny chef". I am sure they prepare very sexy food, so should be ok to get ideas from them. Keep on cooking and mind your salt


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Petra! Ha, ha! But trust them for what? That's the question. Sunny would not be called skinny. I would trust you, and you are skinny (not too skinny, just right!) and you're right, I get lots of ideas? Thanks for coming by and visiting. I owe you a return visit!


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blondepoet 6 years ago from australia

Oh Cristoph you could have told me you have been writing hubs again. Aghhhhhhhhhhh. Love this one. Did I ever tell you that you were my first major crush here on Hub Pages.


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hi BP! Yaaaaaaaaaayyyy! Oh, by the way, I've been writing hubs!. No, you never told me that I was your first crush. Is it too late to get some of that BP crush action? Did I ever tell you I had a big time crush on you and that I still adore you? Judging by what I see in the forums, I see you are still mucho popular! I thought you weren't speaking to me any more, so I have stayed away with a tear in my eye!

So, I'm sooooo happy to see you! I'll come a callin!


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Guy Fieri once led me astray, Christoph. While my son was matriculating in Sacramento, I decided to take my family to a dive he recommended there. It was closed and in a nasty part of the city.

Always trust the women!


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hey, I anwered your comment before, Lorlie. Must have forgotten to hit the publish button. Anyway, sorry to hear Guy lead you astray. I like him alright, knowing something of his biography. I really like Diners, Drive Ins and Dives, but not his cooking show so much. Too many weird ingredients.


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cindyvine 6 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

I saw once a program called kitchen disasters or something like that, where this famous chef goes into a restaurant's kitchen and sees what's wrong and gives advice on how to fix it. Some of the restaurant owners got quite angry. Now I'd rather watch that than some bimbo in a chef's hat, strutting around the kitchen in high heels and a mini skirt!


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Cindyvine: You are referring to "Kitchen Nightmares" with Gordon Ramsey - one of my favorite shows. It started in the U.K., and they still show the older British ones on BBC America every day.

I'm not aware of any show with a bimbo strutting around the kitchen in a chef's hat, high heels, and a mini-skirt...but if there was I'd watch it faithfully.


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eventsyoudesign 6 years ago from Nashville, Tennessee

Rachael Ray might make a better dessert than sandwich. Shes sweet. Good article. I like the reality shows on the food net work. The other programming is kind of boring.


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

eventsyoudesign: I like the reality shows as well. I wonder if Beverly Hills Chefs is coming back (was that on Food Network? Don't know.) Chopped is one of my favorites, and the new one 24 hour Restaurant challenge. I know all the inside dope on Iron Chef. Thinking of writing about it.


hattersmen 6 years ago

Christoph, seeing this information about sexy women chef makes me want to see them cooking. I personally like chef marcella. Nice hub man! you actually caught my attention.


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Hattersmen: Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it, and I appreciate your taking the time to comment!


Brent 6 years ago

its crazy that most of these chefs use a lot of high fat items. oils cheeses cream. bring out the lower fat items would be cool.


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Brent: Apparently, there is not as big of an audience for healthy cooking. They do have shows like that, but the chef's aren't on my list. Thanks for the comment.


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Twilight Lawns 6 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

Epigramman and Christoph, there is only one female chef worth looking at on the Television, and that's Nigella Lawson. That woman would destroy every artery in my body and have me on the surgeon's table gasping my last with her creams and full fat butters and goose livers and... But I would die happy.

And Gordon Ramsay? If being foulmouthed is being funny, then I seem to miss the point. And the guy is so much up his own arse, I can't be bothered... Nobody needs to be so rude to others as he is.

Oops! Good hub also. I almost forgot to comment.


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis Author

Twilight: I have to agree with Nigella Lawson, being more familiar with her now than when I wrote this. She is indeed quite a woman. Thanks for the comment.


Roulette Sniper 2.0 5 years ago

What about Nigela Lawson. She is a little older but still very fit.


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Christoph Reilly 5 years ago from St. Louis Author

Roulette: Yes, she has been discussed in the comments, and surely should be included here. At the time I wrote it, I was not aware of any shows she had currently running on Food Network. She does now, and should be included, since she is sexy as a get out!


James Speeding 5 years ago

Claire Robinson's the best by far....


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Christoph Reilly 5 years ago from St. Louis Author

Yeah, I love Claire. Being a Memphis boy, how could I not? Thanks for the comment.


me 5 years ago

I am handsome male chef. I wrote Variety Cooking, Delicious Desserts and other desserts to come. I don't cook anymore. I don't eat meat. I wrote it for people who want to live. After a billion for one year I'm done I will burn my money.


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Marie-Renee 5 years ago

I guess the way to a man's heart is through his stomach is doubly correct when the chefs are uber beautiful. I love Rachel Ray because she is so bubbly, Giada De Laurentiis is also very beautiful though I haven't noticed the cleavage..uhmm or maybe because I am a woman and not that interested in it. Great hub..will be following as a fan and reading more of your hubs.


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Christoph Reilly 5 years ago from St. Louis Author

Marie-Renee: Thanks so much for stopping in and saying hello. Glad you enjoyed it.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Oh you know I personally LOVED this! haha! I love a guy that can cook and I am so impressed with your knowledge. Giada - certainly my favorite of all listed above. She is adorable and I love her recipes - I have tried quite a few.

Super up and awesome and everything and all that!


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Christoph Reilly 4 years ago from St. Louis Author

Thanks, Kelly. I started reading it just now (it's been so long) and had to stop. But I'm glad you got through it!


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To Start Again 3 years ago

Ah, so glad you included Sunny :) She's adorable. Rachael, however...sorry, Chris my dear but I have to agree to disagree with you on that one ;) Not that she isn't a doll but when I hear her talk it's like nails on a chalkboard.

Of course, who am I to talk? I've got a thing for Russel Brand lol


Debra 24 months ago

Free info like this is an apple from the tree of kngeoedlw. Sinful?


Maggie 24 months ago

Such an imrssepive answer! You've beaten us all with that!

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