Your favorite Food Network chefs weren't always TV stars. What were the up to before they got their big break?
  1. Alton Brown
    Before starring in his show "Good Eats" on Food Network, Alton Brown was a cinematographer that made music videos. His most famous music video? "The One I Love" by R.E.M.
  2. Rachael Ray
    Rachael moved to New York in 1995 and she worked at the candy counter at Macy's. Soon, she became the manager at The Sagamore hotel and began teaching cooking classes. This is where she developed he "30 Minute Meals" concept, which she later turned into a hit show on Food Network.
  3. Ree Drummond
    Born Ann Marie Smith, Ree went to college in Los Angeles, CA. At USC, she studied journalism and hoped to go to law school in Chicago. She then met her future husband Ladd, a cattle rancher, and her plans changed dramatically. She moved to Oklahoma and started her famous blog, calling herself The Pioneer Woman.
  4. Ina Garten
    Born in Brooklyn, New York, Ina was a bookworm. At age 15, on a visit to Dartmouth college, Ina met her future husband Jeffrey. In 1972, Ina and Jeffrey moved to Washington, D.C. where Ina climbed the government ladder and assisted in writing the Nuclear energy budget for Presidents Ford and Carter.
  5. Bobby Flay
    Bobby Flay was born and raised in New York City. Flay dropped out of high school at the age of 17 and began working at a pizza parlor. He later attended the French Culinary Institute and, when he graduated he began working in restaurants across NYC. He took a brief turn on the floor of the American Stock Exchange and soon became the executive chef at Mesa Grill.
  6. Paula Deen
    In her 20s, Paula Deen experienced panic attacks and agoraphobia. Deen began to cook because, to cook, she did not have to leave her home. After divorcing her first husband, she was only left with $200 to raise her children. After trying to make a living hanging wallpaper, selling real-estate and working as a bank teller, she began her catering business and soon opened her first restaurant.