October 12th, 2011
10:09 AM ET
[Editor's Note: To hear Paula Deen's reaction on being Maxim's No. 1 hottest female TV chef, tune in to HLN's "The Joy Behar Show" tonight at 10 p.m. ET.]
For the men of Maxim, clearly few things are sexier than a seasoned Southern woman wielding a stick of butter.
The magazine has bestowed Food Network star Paula Deen with the title of "Hottest Female TV Chef." The 64-year-old beat out the likes of her cooking colleague Giada DeLaurentiis, who came in at No. 3, and she also pulled ahead of "Top Chef's" Padma Lakshmi, who came in at No. 2.
The men's mag explains on its website that while some may find Deen's frequently caloric fare to be "dangerous," they find her rich dishes to be a bit of a turn-on.
Thinking about her apparently makes them "hungry for a bacon-wrapped, beer-batter fried stick of butter, weirdly," the magazine says. To show just how much they love Deen's liberal use of it, Maxim opted for a stick of butter in place of a photo of Deen.
Coming in fourth place on the list is Aida Mollenkamp of "Ask Aida" and "FoodCrafters," and rounding out the top five list of hottest female TV chefs is Eden Grinshpan of "Eden Eats."
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