Because *really*, what's better than a man who cooks?
In the new movie Burnt, we get to feast our eyes on the glorious, glorious concept of Bradley Cooper as a man who cooks. Sure, it's a fantasy—but there are plenty of *real-life* handsome guys out there steaming up the kitchen. Here, meet the 11 most eligible bachelor chefs in America.
From: Jackson Hole, WY
Lives in: Scottsdale, AZ
Works at: Salty Sow
Would you ever date another chef? "Absolutely! It would be great to date someone with the same schedule I have. Beyond that, I'd love to have a creative mind by my side to give me inspiration for dishes."
When you're eating out, what do you typically order? "When I'm outside of the restaurant, I usually go for some extra spicy Buffalo wings."
Follow Brady on Twitter @SaltySowAZ.
From: Lopez Island, WA
Lives in: San Francisco, CA
Works at: Hillside Supper Club.
Has anyone ever "kissed the chef" in your kitchen? "Absolutely. I had one guest ask if she could pay the chef in kisses. Besides that, girls I've dated have sneaked in kisses here and there."
What's the sexiest thing about a woman? "There's something about a girl with a nice smile and the way she looks at me. Bonus when girls call me chef outside of work."
Follow Jonathan on Instagram @hillsidesupperclub.
From/lives in: Houston, TX
Works at: Oxheart Restaurant
Sweetest thing you've cooked up for a woman? "A perfect toad in a hole—you have to toast the bread just right and still get the egg cooked all the way through. There's a good science to it."
Sweetest thing a woman has done for you? "Putting up with the hours we put in at the restaurant. That and showing up with hamburgers when things are going badly."
Follow Justin on Instagram @oxhearthouston.
From: Howell, MI
Lives in: Royal Oak, MI
Works at: The Root Restaurant and Bar and Mabel Gray
What's your food weakness? "Spicy food. I crave spicy food obnoxiously. When I'm cooking for myself at home, I'm eating pickled peppers—anything that has heat."
What's the most attractive thing about a woman? "Strength. I'm attracted to powerful women who have self-control, show no fear and are career-driven. I've spent my life around women in kitchens who are some of the most dedicated, passionate, baddest b*tches out there."
Follow James on Instagram @ChefJamesRigato.
From: Danbury, CT
Lives in: Manhattan
Works at: ALDEA and Lupulo
Who's your celebrity crush? "Currently Sienna Miller."
What's most important in a relationship? "Communication, honesty, and transparency."
Follow George on Instagram @aldeanyc.
From: Cape Elizabeth, ME
Lives in: I spend my time between New York City and Maine
Works at: Luke's Lobster
Dine out or stay in? "It depends—I love dining out to see what's new and interesting in the food scene but also love grilling lobster tails with some corn in my backyard."
What do you look for in a partner? "Someone who enjoys the outdoors, occasional lobster hauling trips on the boat, and hockey games!"
Follow Luke on Instagram @lukeslobster.
From: Alexandria, VA
Lives in: Washington, D.C.
Works at: Kapnos, G by Mike Isabella, Kapnos Taverna, Kapnos Kouzina (coming in 2016)
Favorite food memory? "When I was six years old, I used to go to my father's diner and cook with him and the chefs. I couldn't reach the table, so they would give me a milk crate to stand on."
Favorite D.C. date spot: The Source by Wolfgang Puck
Follow George on Instagram @georgepagonisdc.
From/lives in: Healdsburg, CA
Works at: Spoonbar
Favorite kind of wedding cake? "Every kind. I love wedding cake. Vanilla-flavored cake with some lemon frosting is always a hit."
What's one thing you've learned about dating? "Communication is tough these days. There are people who constantly need to be engaged in conversation and people who cannot really carry one. I can talk, but if I have to pull words out of someone while they are just gazing at me, I can't deal."
Follow Louis on Instagram @louismaldonado3.
From/lives in: Brooklyn, "born and raised and still here."
Works at: T45
Savory or sweet? "Everything these days is doused in sugar, so it's easy to be sweet. Savory is much more challenging to the senses."
Is no cooking skills a deal breaker? "No worries—I can teach you a thing or two."
Favorite NYC date spot? "L'Artusi. You can't beat the West Village location, wine list, and mood lighting."
Follow Nick on Instagram @chefnickp.
From: Cleveland, OH.
Lives in: Manhattan's Upper West Side
Works at: Scarpetta NYC
Dinner on a first date: good or bad idea? "Bad idea. Let's get to know each other on a less formal platform. Drinks and conversation are great—there's no pressure of having to go through a whole meal, or dealing with the awkwardness of how you eat!"
How does a woman know she's special to you? "I make her breakfast or brunch! Although simple, it's my least favorite meal to prepare!"
Follow Jon on Instagram @jonparkoh.
From: Vancouver, Canada
Lives in: I split my time between Vancouver, L.A. and Seattle
Works at: JOEY Restaurants
Sexiest piece of food? "Fresh figs."
Breakfast in bed? "It all comes down to banana pancakes. It's classic comfort food."
Follow Chris on Instagram @JOEYRestaurants.