Here are some of the Seacoast chefs and restaurant owners that you just might catch in a show on national TV, hear on the radio or see online:

Julie Cutting-Kelley

Chef Julie Cutting-Kelley, chef and owner of Cure Restaurant in Portsmouth, appeared on “Chopped Martha Rules” in April 2021 on Food Network. Martha Stewart was a judge for that “Chopped” tournament, which was filmed at Earth at Hidden Pond in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Cutting-Kelley already had TV competition experience as she appeared on Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen” in 2013.

Mary Ann Esposito

Mary Ann Esposito, host of the long-running national PBS cooking show “Ciao Italia,” lives in Durham. She created the cooking show, which is now in its 30th season of production. She has also written 14 cookbooks, including her latest, “Ciao Italia: Plant. Harvest. Cook!” She earned a master’s degree at the University of New Hampshire, and received an honorary degree from St. Anselm College and Johnson and Wales University’s Distinguished Author Award. She also teaches an online credit course at Boston University’s Metropolitan Campus and has been part of the Seminar in the Arts program for close to 30 years. She received the Order of the Star of Italy Cavaliere award from the President of the Italian Republic as well as the Premio Artusi award for her work in promoting Italian food. The Italian Trade Commission named her a Hall of Fame honoree. The Order Sons of Italy in America honored her with a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Culinary & Cultural Arts of Italy award. In addition to her own show, she has appeared on the Food Network, The Today Show, Discovery Channel, Fox, RAI International, and The Victory Garden among others.

Kathy Gunst

Kathy Gunst spoke at the Word Barn on Sunday, July 9, 2023 to give a presentation on Finding Your Voice In Your Food Writing.

Kathy Gunst spoke at the Word Barn on Sunday, July 9, 2023 to give a presentation on Finding Your Voice In Your Food Writing.

Food journalist and cookbook author Kathy Gunst has been the resident chef of NPR’s “Here and Now” for 15 years and has 16 cookbooks to her credit. She lives in South Berwick, Maine. In 2015, she won the James Beard Award for Journalism in the Home Cooking category. “Here and Now” is heard on over 500 public radio stations nationwide. Her work on “Here and Now” received an International Association of Culinary Professionals award for Best Audio Series in 2016. She has also received two James Beard Award nominations for her radio work. Gunst also writes for many publications, including The Washington Post, EatingWell, Yankee, The New York Times, and others. She teaches food journalism and cooking at schools and universities.

Evan Hennessey

Evan Hennessey is executive chef and owner of Stages at One Washington Street in Dover. Stages serves Modern New England cuisine combining influences from all over the world.Evan Hennessey is executive chef and owner of Stages at One Washington Street in Dover. Stages serves Modern New England cuisine combining influences from all over the world.

Evan Hennessey is executive chef and owner of Stages at One Washington Street in Dover. Stages serves Modern New England cuisine combining influences from all over the world.

Chef Evan Hennessey, owner of Stages at One Washington in Dover, has appeared on the Food Network reality cooking TV show “Chopped” five times, winning the competition in three of his appearances. His success qualified him to compete in “Chopped Champions.” In 2014, he received a James Beard Award nomination for Best Chef, Northeast. He also has appeared in “Beat Bobby Flay.” His most recent appearance on the Food Network was competing in “Guy’s Grocery Games,” starring Guy Fieri, in February 2023.

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Matt Louis

Matt Louis, chef and owner of Moxy, The Franklin and other Seacoast-area restaurants.Matt Louis, chef and owner of Moxy, The Franklin and other Seacoast-area restaurants.

Matt Louis, chef and owner of Moxy, The Franklin and other Seacoast-area restaurants.

Matt Louis, chef and owner of Moxy and The Franklin Oyster House, both in Portsmouth, was nominated as a James Beard Best Chef, Northeast semifinalist in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. He has also been nominated by Food & Wine as People’s Best New Chef three times. A native of New Hampshire and a protégé of Chef Thomas Keller, Louis trained at The French Laundry and was part of the opening team at Per Se in NYC. Moxy has been featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives.”

Evan Mallett

Chef Evan Mallett is owner of Black Trumpet on Ceres Street in Portsmouth.Chef Evan Mallett is owner of Black Trumpet on Ceres Street in Portsmouth.

Chef Evan Mallett is owner of Black Trumpet on Ceres Street in Portsmouth.

Evan Mallett, chef and owner of the Black Trumpet in Portsmouth, received James Beard Award nominations in 2011, 2013, 2014, 2017 and 2019 for Best Chef, Northeast, and in 2020 Black Trumpet was named a James Beard semi-finalist for Outstanding Hospitality. Mallett is also the author of “Black Trumpet: A Chef’s Journey through Eight New England Seasons.”

He is very involved in the community working to end hunger and educate about the Seacoast’s local food system. He sits on the boards of Chef’s Collaborative, Slow Food Seacoast, and the Heirloom Harvest Project, an initiative to join farmers, chefs and educators to identify and restore a food system native to the greater Seacoast, according to the Black Trumpet website.

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When Mallett was named a James Beard semifinalist in 2011, Rachel Forrest, then a Seacoast Media Group food journalist, researched and found he was the first chef from New Hampshire to receive a nomination. “That’s really important,” Forrest said. “It really puts us on the culinary landscape and draws attention to New Hampshire, but importantly to Portsmouth, where really good food is going on in really great restaurants. It adds a lot of cache …; advancing our culinary identity.”

Bobby Marcotte

Chef Bobby Marcotte, the executive chef at Tuckaway Tavern and Butchery in Raymond, owns the Rise + Grind in Durham and Hop + Grind, in both Durham and Peabody, Massachusetts. Marcotte is a two-time “Guy’s Grocery Games” Food Network show champion. His Hop + Grind restaurant has been featured on Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” with Guy Fieri.

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David Vargas

David Vargas is owner and chef at Vida Cantina, a Mexican cuisine eatery in Portsmouth.David Vargas is owner and chef at Vida Cantina, a Mexican cuisine eatery in Portsmouth.

David Vargas is owner and chef at Vida Cantina, a Mexican cuisine eatery in Portsmouth.

David Vargas, chef and owner of Vida Cantina in Portsmouth and owner of Ore Nell’s BBQ, has received four James Beard Award nominations – in 2019, 2020, 2022 and 2023. In 2023, he was nominated as a James Beard semifinalist for the national title of Outstanding Chef. He also founded Vida Tortilla, a corn tortilla company using locally-grown heritage corn, which supplies tortillas to local restaurants. He is very involved in the local community and is a founder of the Seacoast BIPOC Festival. He has been profiled many times in regional and national publications, and has been recognized often for creating one of the best Mexican restaurants in New England and on the East Coast. Vargas and Vida Cantina have appeared on Guy Fieri’s “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” and Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race.”

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This article originally appeared on Portsmouth Herald: Seacoast is home to many award-winning celebrity chefs

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