Cooking Channel fans know Lorraine Pascale as the network's only host who makes an apron look stylish. Simply Baking, her popular show, also proves the British stunner has mad skills in the kitchen. Exhibits A and B: Her gooey, delicious Glam Mac and Cheese (secret ingredient: pancetta) and her signature Parmesan and Poppy Seed Lollipops. Exhibit C: A Lighter Way to Bake (Ecco, $29.99), the U.S. cookbook debut of the chef, whose previous titles Baking Made Easy and Home Cooking Made Easy have sold more than 1 million copies in the U.K., second only to The Naked Chef Jamie Oliver.
The entrepreneur opened Ella's Bakehouse in 2009 and, based on the shop's success, was tapped by the BBC for her own show. In 2011 the program was picked up by the Cooking Channel and rechristened Simply Baking. Now, if trends hold, Pascale may soon return to magazine covers—this time for being a helluva of businesswoman.