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Martha Stewart, Gordon Ramsay, and 9 Other Food Celebrities Who Have Been Arrested

In this era, every time a celebrity, however minor, breaks the law and gets arrested for it, it makes its way to national headlines. Celebrity chefs and food celebrities aren’t immune to this, and a lot more of them have criminal records than you may realize. 

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Cat Cora

On June 17, 2014, first female Iron Chef Cat Cora rear-ended the car in front of her while on the way home from a local restaurant with her partner. She took a breathalyzer test, which showed a blood alcohol content of .19, more than twice the legal limit, and was issued two citations, one for driving under the influence and another for driving with a BAC level of .08 or higher. 

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Juan-Carlos Cruz

The former host of Food Network shows Calorie Commando and Weighing In, Juan-Carlos Cruz, was arrested in 2010 after allegedly offering homeless men $1,000 to kill his wife. Later that year he was sentenced to nine years in prison and he’s currently serving time at the California Correctional Institution in Tehachapi. 

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Todd English

Todd English has a reputation for being a “bad boy” celebrity chef, and his DWI arrest in September 2014 certainly didn’t hurt that image. He was pulled over at 3:30 a.m. after drifting out of his lane in the Hamptons, and posted $1,500 bail after a court appearance later that day. 

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Aaron Grissom

This chef developed a reputation for being hot-tempered and argumentative on the most recent season of Top Chef, and he apparently has a temper off-camera too: In November 2014, he was arrested for felony domestic violence. He allegedly got into an argument with his girlfriend and pushed her hard enough to cause a knee injury, and was booked and released after posting $50,000 bail.

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Beau MacMillan

This Arizona chef, best known for co-hosting a season of Worst Cooks in America on Food Network, was arrested in February 2010 after police found that he had failed to appear in court for a handful of traffic violations, including driving with a suspended license, having a suspended license plate, and not having insurance. He chalked it up to a misunderstanding — he was filming in another city when the court date came and went — and the issue was quickly resolved. 

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Gordon Ramsay

Chef and TV star Gordon Ramsay was arrested and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol in 2002 after reportedly driving his BMW the wrong way on a one-way street in central London. The case was resolved without Ramsay needing to appear in court, however. 

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Martha Stewart

In one of the biggest celebrity news stories of the early 2000s, Martha Stewart was sentenced to five months in federal prison, an additional five months of house arrest, two years’ probation, and a $30,000 fine for insider trading. She sold shares of a stock called ImClone the day before the company announced negative news, and later lied to federal prosecutors about it. She was incarcerated at Federal Prison Camp, Alderson, in a remote part of West Virginia. 

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Buddy Valastro

In November 2014, “Cake Boss” Buddy Valastro was arrested in suspicion of drunk driving after cops spotted his 2014 Corvette driving erratically along Manhattan’s 10th Avenue. He failed a sobriety test, and reportedly asked the police to just put him in a cab after stating, "You can't arrest me! I'm the Cake Boss!"

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Antony Worrall Thompson

This chef and former host of British TV show Ready Steady Cook was arrested in 2012 after being caught shoplifting from a Tesco supermarket. The chef, who also appeared on I’m A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! was caught stealing about 70 pounds worth of goods, including wine and blocks of cheese, over several visits to the supermarket.

Marcel Vigneron

Marcel Vigneron

This Top Chef runner-up was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in Laguna Beach, Calif. in 2008, having failed a blood test after being pulled over for speeding. He was released after posting $2,500 bail.  

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Morgan Wilson

Dallas pastry chef Morgan Wilson, who was the runner-up on the first season of Bravo’s Top Chef: Just Desserts, was charged with three second-degree felony charges in 2010, in Colin County, Texas, for possession with intent to promote child pornography. He was released after posting $10,000 bail, and there’s no information available about what his sentence was. 

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Martha Stewart, Gordon Ramsay, and 9 Other Food Celebrities Who Have Been Arrested