Celebrities Who Are Now Chefs, From Sarah Michelle Gellar & Freddie Prinze Jr. To Danny Trejo

One of the reasons I began this blog is because food and entertainment seem to intersect often — and I’m not just talking about product placement or the craft services table on movie sets. A lot of celebrities have become chefs or work in food now and that seems to be a common path these days. I’m not sure why — maybe it has something to do with being a craft services foodie? — but I definitely think it’s cool, as someone who works in both food and entertainment journalism.

Check out some of the folks who have made the jump from celebrity to chef extraordinaire, aside from, you know, Gwyneth Paltrow and Goop.

8Freddie Prinze Jr.

Remember when he stole hearts and played hacky-sack in She’s All That? Well, now the teen hearthrob is cooking and has authored a cookbook Back to the Kitchen: 75 Delicious, Real Recipes (and True Stories) from a Food-Obsessed Actor, which will come out in June and feature a forward by his wife — Buffy the Vampire Slayer herself — Sarah Michelle Gellar, who co-founded Foodstirs (below).

“I have been cooking longer than I’ve been acting—in fact, if I hadn’t made it as an actor, I’d probably be a chef today,” he told E! News last year. “I was actually enrolled in culinary school when I landed by first role.”

7Sarah Michelle Gellar

The Buffy actress is working in food, too. She co-founded Foodstirs, a food crafting company that produces baking mixes and tools. “When my co-founders and I first thought about creating Foodstirs, we wanted everybody else to experience the joy we found baking together, whether it was with our families, our friends or even by ourselves,” she wrote in a blog post on the Foodstirs website.

6Minka Kelly

The Friday Night Lights actress graduated from the New School of Cooking in Culver City, Calif., last year. “That’s it! We did it! What an awesome experience these past 6 months have been. What shall the next hobby be…” Kelly wrote on Instagram. She currently works with the company FashionABLE.

5Jeremy Miller


The former Ben Seaver on ’90s sitcom Growing Pains now works as a chef and caterer.


In 2003, Kelis’ hit song “Milkshake” brought all the listeners to the yard. Now, she’s extended her repertoire to food and cooking. She released a food-themed album called Food, launched a line of sauces called Bounty & Full, graduated from Le Cordon Bleu, and wrote a cookbook called My Life on a Plate: Recipes From Around the World.

3Danny Trejo


Guess who?

A photo posted by Trejo’s Tacos (@trejostacos) on

The intense Machete and Sons of Anarchy actor also has an intense love of good food. Trejo’s Tacos is one of the most anticipated openings in Los Angeles, serving up organic tacos. Can’t wait!

2Anson Williams

You know him as Potsie from classic sitcom Happy Days, but the actor has gone on to co-write The Perfect Portion Cookbook, which uses a 100 calorie counting system.

1Tiffani Thiessen

Saved By The Bell’s Kelly Kapowski is all-grown up — and hosting her own cooking show Dinner At Tiffani’s on the Cooking Channel.

Sarah Michelle Gellar Image by Couch Potato Cook; Book Images from Amazon