Top 10 Best Chefs of All Time

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, following Joel Robuchon. He has precise, perfect recipes. He is so great. However, he is always modest compared to his pride and achievements. He is still reaching for perfection, searching for magic in food.

Yes, he swears and gets angry a lot, but he 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 makes them perfect. Sixteen Michelin stars aren't random nor common. It takes years and years of work.

2 Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver is the best chef for anyone who cooks and for those who want to learn to cook. 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 for everything he does, and his TV 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.

3 Bobby Flay

He has his own recipe for everything, and there was even a TV 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 Cooks in America. If you're looking at this, Bobby Flay, I just want to ask you... do you remember Carla?

Amazing competitive chef. Thinks quickly on his feet and puts out amazing dishes.

4 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 is 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.

5 Paul Bocuse

The Paul Bocuse Institute is recognized as the top school of cuisine. It trains hundreds of future chefs from all over the world.

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

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

6 Anthony Bourdain

A famous chef of the Brasserie Les Halles, a French brasserie-style restaurant in NYC. He reflected that his love of food was kindled in France when he was young and tried oysters for the first time on one of this famous oyster fisherman's boats 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.

7 Marco Pierre White

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 not to tarnish his name. But I'd put Gordon around #5.

He is the artist of food, the godfather of modern cooking, and a philosopher who was the youngest chef to achieve 3 Michelin stars, then threw them away. Amazing. He trained Ramsay, Heston, Curtis, etc. Ramsay is also amazing, but he is second to Marco.

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, Michel Roux, who taught Marco and Gordon, down at 46 just shows that this list is ludicrous.

8 Wolfgang Puck

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

Remember Spago?

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

Should be right up there next to Gordon Ramsay!

He's clearly the best chef ever!

9 Auguste Escoffier

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

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

The founder of modern culinary arts. Without him, this would be a short list.

10 Emeril Lagasse

Always a very flavorful dish and experience.

The Contenders
11 Jacques Pepin

He was the chef for Charles de Gaulle and two other French Heads 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 the 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 his talent or knowledge.

12 Heston Blumenthal

As I read on Wiki, he is entirely self-taught. From what I saw on TV, he is totally modest, without unnecessary, show-producer-demanding, stupid temper outbursts (as we see in many other cooking shows). He is 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 and understanding cooking outside of traditional methods, the only person who can move forward is Heston. He is amazing, and no one can do it the way he does! Complete genius.

13 Sanjeev Kapoor

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

He is one of the greatest chefs in India and probably the best chef in the world.

The best chef to bring Indian cuisine into the modern culinary world. Exceptionally the best chef.

14 Todd English
15 Rachael Ray

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

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 too low here.

17 Alton Brown

A fantastic popularizer. He has a way of breaking down the science and making it understandable.

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

18 Rocco DiSpirito
19 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!

20 Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Top forager. He knows what you can eat from the forest, seaside, and country lanes. Whether berries, roadkill, snails, or seaweed, he can make an appetizing 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.

21 Sophie Dahl
22 Ferran Adria

One word: "innovation." His restaurant "El Bulli" is probably the best restaurant in history. I've been to a few which are said to be better, but nothing like "El Bulli" and Ferran Adria. Unique experience and unique chef!

He is the best chef in the world. If you ever have the chance to eat his food, you will be the luckiest person in the world.

Most influential chef ever. He's like Jordan in basketball or Einstein in science.

23 Thomas Keller

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

24 Ming Tsai
25 Curtis Stone
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