This is a MASTER problem

My and my husbands have always been foodies, and somehow wanted to incorporate that into our childrens names. But we weren't about to name our little girl 'Mingnon' os we let our dream go.

I had my first boy about 4 years ago, and we neamed him Elliot, after my dad. Then we were hopeing to have 1 more, but instead we had twins! At this time, my husband and I were very much into the show MasterChef, and the three judges were incredible to us. We were thinking of Gordon after Gordon Ramsay, but thought it clashed with our last name. We realized the coincidence between our son Elliot, and the chef Graham Elliot. THen we named our twin boys Ramsay (after Gordon Ramsay) and Bastian (after Joe Bastianich) and now we are having a girl!!!!! I am so out of any ideas!!! Please help :)


November 25, 2014 4:29 PM

My first thought was Cat Cora -- either Cat (Catherine, Catrina) or Cora would be lovely as a first name. Or Giada, Kelsey, Lidia (though maybe not because of Bastian?) ... I think my favorite with brothers Elliot, Ramsay, and Bastian is Cora, given that all the brothers have last names of a chef. 

November 25, 2014 4:39 PM

Hmm, what about 

Alice (waters)

Ina (garten)

Nigella (Lawson)

Rachel (ray)

Or the classic Julia (child)


Or you could feminize the name of a male chef you admire. Jamie could be a nod to James Beard or Jamie Oliver for instance. Michaela or Antonia or Davida/Davina for Michael Pollan, Anthony Bourdain, David Lebovitz.

By mk
November 25, 2014 7:31 PM

Lauren/Laura after Giada De Laurentiis? Also fits the "last name of chef" theme. I also like the suggestion of Cora.

November 26, 2014 10:09 PM

I vote for Julia! I think Julia Child is a fantastic role model for all girls, and she just happened to be an amazing chef as well.

November 26, 2014 10:14 PM

antonia (lofaso)?

November 26, 2014 10:27 PM

There is a chef in my country called Annabel. Look up Annabel langbein.

November 28, 2014 7:45 PM

Got these off this website 

December 1, 2014 10:17 PM

I'm quite fond of the suggestion of Cora, since you already have the celebrity chef surname thing going.

How fond are youi of floral flavors and edible flowers? Rose, Lavender and Violet are all used in cuisine and aren't so obviously food names that they wouldn't fit with your boys' names.

December 2, 2014 12:17 AM

I like the suggestion of honoring Julia Child, since she kind of defines "celebrity chef" to me, but if you wanted to stick with MasterChef perhaps you could branch out to other iterations.

The UK version was the original, I believe; this might give you Rhoda, for both John Torode and Gary Rhodes (who also appeared on MasterChef USA), or perhaps Wallace for Gregg Wallace (I know not a traditional feminine name, but it worked for Wallace Simpson). The "narrator" is India Fisher, so perhaps India (she's not a chef, though). I can't make anything pretty from Loyd Grossman...maybe Loma?

Wikipedia has a master MasterChef page, which lists the various chefs and hosts for all the different versions; perhaps you could find inspiration there--maybe there's a country that you're drawn to for other reasons, or just a particularly appealing name. Some possibilities: Australian Gary Mehigan = Megan; Canadian Claudio Aprile = Claudia or April(e); Croation Tomislav Gretić = Greta; Finnish Risto Mikkola = Mikkola; Italian Bruno Barbieri = Barbara; etc.

December 2, 2014 11:36 AM

Ms. Simpson was Wallis, not Wallace, and it was technically her middle name (her first name was Bessie, according to Wikipedia).

I call my daughter "Child" all the time, but somehow I don't think it makes a good given name. :-) I can heartily recommend Julia, however. (It's my name, and my mother's, and was my grandmother's as well.) But if the "theme" is chef's surnames, Cora is an excellent option.

December 2, 2014 6:43 PM

Ah, right, Wallis. I think the general idea still applies, if the OP has a fondness for surname, androgynous names on girls (not my cuppa, but it works for many).

I love Cora--I keep trying to get someone to use Kori/Kora in the maiden sense as a nickname for Persephone, but as an honor name for Child it's also pretty cool. There are many traditional girl names that contain a child element in their derivation--any of the Japanese -ko names, for example.

December 5, 2014 2:58 AM

What about Josie / Josephine for Joe?  (Too much Joe?)  I think it would be cute though!