Today marks the first day of LGBTQ Pride Month. June is traditionally Pride month because it commemorates the Stonewall Riots, the catalyst for the LGBTQ civil rights movement.
Today I would like to honor and celebrate Anne Burrell, who recently came out publicly, but never kept her sexual orientation a secret. Despite the large LGBT demographic for the Food Network, Burrell, Iron Chef Cat Cora, and Chopped host Ted Allen are the only regular stars who are out.
Burrell is a phenomenal chef and a woman who does not suffer fools easily. A representative of a restaurant where she was recently filming a show said, “She was gracious, fun-loving and every bit the personality that has made her a favorite.” I wish we would see more of her on Chopped, although she certainly appears on a number of interesting shows.
She is also a great example of just how truly versatile a BA in English really is. She received her initial culinary training in New York before going to Italy where she trained and worked. Burell has demonstrated a charitable side as well, most recently when competing for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation on Chopped All Stars.
Thanks to Sarah Motsenbocker for helping update this article with information about Cat Cora, who has been out since the beginning of her televised career and has featured her wife and family on Best Thing I Ever Ate. Stay tuned as we celebrate the LGBTQ community this month.