Best Chefs Ever

The Top Ten
1 Gordon Ramsay Gordon James Ramsay is a Scottish-born British chef, restaurateur, and television personality. He is famous for being the host of shows like Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, and Hotel Hell. He tends to have a fiery personality on television.

This man owns 16 Michelin stars. The second most Michelin stars ever achieved (followed by Joel Robuchon). He has precise, perfect recipe. He is so great, but however, he is always modest, compared to his pride and achievements, and he's still reaching for perfection searches for magic in food. Yes. He swears, he gets angry a lot, but this guy does this, because he wants young chefs to know, and he "doesn't like what he doesn't like". Which is absolutely convincing. This man is absolutely fantastic. The master of food. He is amazing. He mastered dozens of cuisines, and he makes them perfect. 16 Michelins stars aren't random, nor common. It takes years and years of work.

Gordon behind bars was the season of inspiration to me, from kitchen to business, this man is a genius and he does wonders, things that the norm would not be doing since it was never committed to. The special episodes of kitchen nightmares like "Mike the Microwave" simply got me hooked on his passion for real cooking, it's never just to do things for food with this guy, it's for business, passion and family. He is, Gordon J. Ramsay.

Gordon Ramsay- 29%
Jamie Oliver- 7%

Ok, Gordon is a bit overrated, but you have to admit he is a great chef. He knows everything about cooking and how to cook it right. His T.V. shows make him famous as well. When he gets mad on Hell's Kitchen or Kitchen Nightmares (which is what I'm watching now), it never fails to make me laugh at how the person he's yelling at really messed up. Gordon, in my opinion, should be number one, despite being overrated

I have friends who dined at one of Gordon Ramsay's restaurants. They were really looking forward to it but were extremely disappointed. They said the food was very ordinary.

2 Jamie Oliver

Wow,there are some great chefs on here! Can't deny that Julia Child and Wolfgang Puck pioneered the food watching movement. Kudos. Emerill Legasse gave us excitement in watching as did Anthony Bourdain did with his travels with/for food. Booby Flay may be a brash one,but look how long he's been in the public eye--..because of his great cooking...Alton Brown gives us science in cooking in such a fun way. Don't dump on Gordan too much because I hear he's so not the person those crappy TV shows he was on in the beginning of his watch--...Product of the moment,but he's good...But I think the first person who really grabbed me in watching these shows as he prepared for dinners with his friends who would also help out with the meal...And sooooo cool about it...#1--..Jamie Oliver.

Jamie Oliver is the BEST CHEF for anyone who cooks, and for those who want to learn to cook, and he's such an INSPIRATION, unlike Gordon Ramsay who treats people like dirt. I've dined at Jamie's restaurants and the food was DELICIOUS. Furthermore, he's a very caring person who's helped and given jobs to many kids from disadvantaged backgrounds, some of whom are now chefs around the world. He has so much enthusiasm about everything he does and his T.V. shows are a joy, not to mention his cookbooks which are FANTASTIC. I also love the cooking tips he very generously gives. I cannot praise Jamie enough - he's by far the BEST in the culinary business.

Gordon Ramsay has the foulest temper of all time. He screams & hurls abuse on the show. You couldn't pay me to watch him. On the other hand, Jamie is such a delight to watch on every show he's ever recorded. His enthusiasm about the ingredients he uses & how best to use ingredients is extremely helpful. Plus he's not all "cheffy" unlike other so-called chefs. He has received many awards including an MBE when he was only 28.

Jamie is personally my favorite chef, because he always lays influence on how to cook quality food from very few things and still feel great. He has been preaching the fact that the food should be home cooked, so that the nutrients remain intact, which I quite like.

3 Anthony Bourdain

A famous Chef of the Brasserie Les Halles is a French brasserie style restaurant in NYC.
He reflected that his love of food was kindled in France, when he was young and tried oyster for the first time and that on one of this famous oyster fisherman's boat, during vacation in the fabulous country named France.

I travel and taste the world through Chef Anthony's eyes.

Chef Bourdain you're definitely in my top five.

4 Emeril Lagasse

Always a very flavorful dish and experience.

5 Paul Bocuse

The Paul Bocuse Institute is recognized as the top in term of school of cuisine, it trains hundreds of future Chefs from all over the world.

Yeah, Jamie Oliver is way better than Bocuse. Please, the only thing Oliver can do is spit in the food when he talks and burn food.

Paul Bocuse or the nouvelle cuisine creator. The Bocuse d'Or is regarded as the most prestigious award for chefs in the world.

I love Anthony Bourdain, but him and Jamie Oliver on the same list as Paul Bocuse and Escoffier is kind of a joke.

6 Marco Pierre White

You know people who vote on this list don't cook when you see Marco Pierre White, Gordon Ramsay's teacher, down at 9. Also Michael Roux, who taught Marco and Gordon, down at 46 just shows that this list is just ludicrous.

I voted Marco #1. He rocks, but this list is really a who's the most famous chef list. Gordon worked under him. So he absolutely had influence on him. I hate that Gordon never cooks competitively so as to not tarnish his name. But I'd put Gordon around #5.

He is the artist of food, godfather of modern cooking, philosopher, who was the youngest chef to achieve 3 michellin stars, then threw them away... Amazing, who trained ramsey, heston, curtis etc. Ramsey is also amazing but he is second to marco...

It's never a good idea to put down other chefs, as we are all people willing to learn from each other. learning their techniques and try to critique the menu to make it their own. How do you think people come up with cookbooks?

7 Rocco DiSpirito
8 Todd English
9 Wolfgang Puck

His so so famous, guys. He's the first chef to be so famous that he became a celebrity.

Remember Spago's?

And he did so many charities including AIDS charity during the time when AIDS was the most dreaded desease!

Should be right up there next to Gordon Ramsay!

He's clearly the best chef ever!

10 Thomas Keller

Opinion not needed! He is the best. That's it, that's all!

He is simply the best

The Contenders
11 Heston Blumenthal

As I read on wiki he is entirely self-taught. What I saw on telly he is totally modest, without unnecessary, showproducerdemanding, stupid, temper outbursts ( as we see in many other cooking shows) and unpretentiously funny, or actually... He is having fun. He is all about food and imagination. He is playing and experimenting with food to create new food. All the others just... Cook.

When it comes to creativity & understanding cooking outside of traditional methods the only person who can move forward is Heston he is amazing & no one can do it the way he does! Complete genius

He is simply the best. Never seen a chef with so much imagination. Just watch his programmes need I say anymore

Simply love his desserts...watching him cook gives me goosebumps!

12 Julia Child Julia Carolyn Child was an American chef, author and television personality. She is recognized for bringing French cuisine to the American public with her debut cookbook.

How is Julia Child down here when she considered one of the greatest chefs of all time?

Worked a party with her and many other chefs. She is a Chef and knows her stuff.

She is really good

13 Auguste Escoffier

One of the greatest chefs that ever lived. He did so much to shape the way we eat and appreciate today.
I do not believe that he is listed below the poor excuses for chefs as listed above.

Without a doubt everyone on this list would be nowhere without Escoffier. He created modern French cooking. By far #1. Personalities on T.V. don't stand a chance to this man.

Not some cheesy T.V. cooking show poseur, he is by far the greatest Chef ever, surpassing even Careme.

He was the creator of the base knowledge that all chefs follow today.

14 Bobby Flay

He has his own recipe for everything and there was even a T.V. show of people trying to beat him with the one dish they spent their whole life on.

The best I used to watch him on worst cook in america, if your looking at this bobby flay I just want to ask you... do you remember carla

Move to the #1 position

I met him in person

15 Jacques Pepin

He was the chef for Charles de Gaulle and two other French Head of State
He is also the writer of "La technique ", the most popular French Cuisine Textbook.
Nobody comes close to his knowledge and technique.

Pepin has no peer in technique and food knowledge. He just keeps getting better.

No other chef has done more for food in USA than him. He deserves a Kennedy center recognition

Sad that this culinary genius is #13. Most ahead of him here may not be anywhere near gis talent or knowledge.

He is just the best.His foods are almost impossible to make. I think he should be number 1.

16 Alain Ducasse

He is the first chef to have three restaurants with three Michelin stars each. He has earned 21 total Michelin stars.
This legend is way low here

17 Gualtiero Marchesi
18 Rachael Ray

Racheal Ray is really awesome and amazing , Racheal makes delicious meals and my mom has her cookbooks all over the house and me and my mom love her very much and Racheal Ray is really beautiful .

She is so awesome!

19 Sanjeev Kapoor

Sanjeev kapoor is also known as the king chef of ndian cuisine, other than Indian food he is also expert in fusing other cuisine with indian cuisines. He is simply the best, as he shares his all cookings tips and tricks with the viewers which are incredible

He is one of the greatest chef in India, who be probably the best chef in the world.

The best chef to bring Indian cuisine in to the modern cuisine. Exceptionally the best chef

Best chef. Should be in top 10 at least

20 Alton Brown

He uses science and chemistry to make food better. EOS.

He is so awesome

21 Nigella Lawson

I Think Nigella Lawson Is A Great cook and I think she is the best I want to be a chef just like you Alex!

22 Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Top forager, he knows what you can eat from the forest, seaside, country lanes; whether berries, roadkill, snails, seaweed he can make an appetising meal out of anything he finds and he doesn't waste anything. I think he's gone a bit healthy eating now but his recipes are still good and always work.

23 Sophie Dahl

She is awesome

24 Charlie Trotter
25 Joël Robuchon

Robuchon has the most Michelin stars ever acquired. He taught Gordon Ramsay everything he knows. Seriously, he is the greatest chef of all time. I hope someday I can try his food.

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