Maine is an incredible state with plenty to offer from its natural beauty to its iconic towns and landmarks to its standout food.

So, it's unsurprising that people want to visit and get a "taste" of it.

That includes celebrity chefs looking to vacation in the Pine Tree State or simply dining at the numerous restaurants to highlight in one of their food TV shows. And, of course, enjoying it all along the way.

You might have even discovered some hidden gem eateries from watching the Food Network and Travel Channel shows that stopped in Maine (or you were just ahead of the game and knew about the spots well before the celeb chefs shared them with the rest of the world).

"Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" is a popular Food Network show that brought chef Guy Fieri to the state in 2010 to feast at the likes of the Maine Diner in Wells, Becky's Diner and the Porthole in Portland, Bob's Clam Hut in Kittery, and the Lobster Shack at Two Lights in Cape Elizabeth.

How many of these spots have you been to?

For someone like "Top Chef" winner Kristen Kish, who now hosts the show, her more recent visit to Maine in 2023 was a combination of work and pleasure. She got to take in many of the Maine sights from Acadia National Park to eating fudge at a road store in addition to working on her Travel Channel show.

And these two are only just a couple to check out all that Maine has to offer.

So let's take a look at 12 celebrity chefs that have been to Maine and the reason for them making a stop.

Hint: Really good food is usually the answer.

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