Best Chefs Ever

The Top Ten

1 Gordon Ramsay 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.

This man is absolutely great! He's without a doubt best chef ever! I really love him, he's not so bad as you see on tv, he's really sweet when he's with his family and besides he really makes me laugh when he gets angry!

My father is an excellent chef. I know from firsthand experience. Every Sunday morning he would finely craft our favorite dish. With such expertise and precision. Each meal more exquisite than the last. Truly the best chef on this garbage-can we call a planet. Love you papa.

He is totally #1

yes

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2 Jamie Oliver 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.

Simplicity, creativity and freshness combined makes Jamie an artist of food, and being the best is about being an artist.

He is really good and has his own show

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.

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3 Emeril Lagasse

He's Great!

Always a very flavorful dish and experience.

Someone who does cook wow

Bam!

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4 Anthony Bourdain

RIP - 445956

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.

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5 Rocco DiSpirito

Who's that? Even not on wikipedia!

6 Todd English
7 Thomas Keller

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

8 Marco Pierre White

Because Gordon Ramsay said so.

Just the best. Simple

number 1

The king of them all! taught Gordon Ramsay everything he knows about cooking.

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9 Wolfgang Puck

Should be right up there next to Gordon Ramsay!

He should be number 2 behind Gordan Ramsey not 11th - YOSHIA2121

He's clearly the best chef ever! - Medmac

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!

10 Heston Blumenthal

Yep

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

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The Contenders

11 Julia Child 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.

best chef

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

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12 Paul Bocuse

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

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.

Awarded "Chef of the Century." Enough said.

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.

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13 Bobby Flay Bobby Flay

One the greats in America

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

Well Bobby Flay is obviously the best (No affence to Gordon Ramsey) he cooks food that not very many people are accustomed to and it is absolutely perfect (By the way I'm 12 years old and I'm still smart enough to know that Bobby Flay is the best)

I've met him before and he knows his stuff I'm 9 years old

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14 Gualtiero Marchesi
15 Rachael Ray

She is so awesome!

16 Sanjeev Kapoor

He is the best

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

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

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

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17 Nigella Lawson

Makes you feel like anyone can do a slap up feed

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!

18 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.

19 Alton Brown

He is so awesome

I see Alton recipes in my opinion he has the best recipes

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

ALRON BROWN IS THE INCARNATION OF JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD AND SAVIOUR.

20 Sophie Dahl

She is awesome

21 Auguste Escoffier

My idol, the chef of kings and the king of chefs

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.

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

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.

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22 Charlie Trotter
23 Ferran Adria

He is the best chef around the world. If you has sometime the chance to eat his food you can be the luckiest person in the world

Revolution and investigation
The Best

Perfect is the best word to describe his food

Most influencial chef ever, he's like Jordan in Basketball or like Einstein in science.

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24 Jacques Pepin

Jacques Pepin is a culinary god.

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

French are the best chefs in the world

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25 Joël Robuchon

Who has the most michelin stars ever? 31 if I'm not mistaken

26 Graham Elliot
27 Curtis Stone
28 Anne Burrell

Love this person - Lilybethrocks

29 Delia Smith
30 Ainsley Harriott Ainsley Harriott Ainsley Harriott is an English chef, television presenter, and entertainer. He is known for his BBC cooking shows Can't Cook, Won't Cook and Ready Steady Cook.

How is this extraordinary chef sitting on 30? - Monsterz

"The aroma is a bit special"

Yah BOi

He Is An Oily God

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31 Joe Bastianich
32 Ming Tsai

He is the top selling chef on HSN.

33 Duff Goldman

He has the best cakes ever he is so famous

Chef he is the best bake

34 Karen Martini
35 Dave Levey
36 Paula Deen Paula Deen Paula Ann Hiers Deen is an American celebrity chef and cooking show television host. Deen resides in Savannah, Georgia, where she owns and operates The Lady & Sons restaurant and Paula Deen's Creek House with her sons, Jamie and Bobby Deen. She has published fifteen cookbooks.
37 Racheal Ray

She's just the best

She does'nt really do any thing besides her stupid show.

38 Richard Blais
39 Vikas Khanna

He is simple great with his innovations and different type of food and his own personality

40 Rick Stein

My opinion the best because he does not mess around as regards a small piece of food on a massive plate and cost a fortune

Rick is the best alround Chef

the best

he is best

41 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

42 My Grandmother

RIP Grandmother

I can sure you she can make better food than all these chefs combined.

She makes kraft mac and cheese taste 100 times better! - AnnaO

Nobody cooked fish like her. That was in the 80s. She is obviously the best chef ever.

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43 Justin Wilson

The Original Cajun and southern Chef

44 Nancy Fuller
45 Michel Roux

I worked for him, the best of the best.

46 Masaharu Morimoto

Morimoto is the best iron chef EVER!

47 Raymond Blanc

Definitely one of the best chefs

The best

48 Carlo Cracco
49 Owen Pereira

Winner of Season 1 of Top Chef Junior. - ChuckLaunching

50 James Beard

IS Italian? Italian WE ARE THE BEST. FORZA ITALIA.

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