A: It’s one of the most difficult questions to answer. We already named a list of Australia’s top chefs but what about from around the world? With no official world ranking and so many versatile categories like pastry chefs, tv chefs plus different cuisines it’s no easy task. Here are ten of the most famous chefs in the world.
1. Wolfgang Puck
Austrian-American chef, restaurateur and actor Wolfgang Puck is a force to be reckoned with. With over 30 restaurants under his belt, Puck is known for modern French cooking in American kitchens. He famously catered for Kim Kardashian’s wedding to Chris Humphries in 2011. Puck is a regular guest judge of MasterChef and Hell’s Kitchen. He has also starred in CSI, The Muse, Las Vegas and The Simpsons.
Modern French Cooking for the American Kitchen (1980)
The Wolfgang Puck Cookbook (1986)
Adventures in the Kitchen with Wolfgang Puck (1991)
Pizza, Pasta, and More (2000)
Live, Love, Eat (2002)
Wolfgang Puck Makes it Easy (2004)
2. Jamie Oliver
British chef and restaurateur Jamie Oliver is one of the world’s most loved chefs. Not only does he create and craft delicious simple recipes, is an active campaigner for disadvantaged youth, has published 26 cookbooks, has had 35 of his own television shows and is a father to five children. His best-selling cookbook 30-Minute Meals broke records in 2010 selling over 735,000 copies in 10 weeks becoming Britain's fastest-selling nonfiction book of all time.
Cook With Jamie: My Guide to Making You a Better Cook
Jamie's Little Book of Big Treats
Jamie at Home: Cook Your Way to the Good Life
Jamie's Ministry of Food: Anyone Can Learn to Cook in 24 Hours
Jamie's Red Nose Recipes
Jamie does... Spain, Italy, Sweden, Morocco, Greece, France
Jamie's 30-Minute Meals
Jamie's Great Britain
Jamie's 15 Minute Meals
Save With Jamie
Jamie's Comfort Food
Everyday Super Food
Super Food Family Classics
Jamie Oliver's Christmas Cookbook
5 Ingredients - Quick & Easy Food
Jamie Cooks Italy (2018)
Jamie's Friday Night Feast (2019)
Jamie Oliver Ultimate Veg (October 22, 2019)
3. Heston Blumenthal
He’s a chef you cannot forget, from his signature black frames to his innovative and unique dishes Heston Blumenthal is one of the world’s most famous chefs. He is a big believer in using scientific methods is in his cooking and has been awarded honorary degrees from Reading, Bristol and London universities. The British chef is also a regular guest on MasterChef and other television series.
Total Perfection:In Search of Total Perfection (2009)
Heston's Fantastical Feasts (2010)
Heston Blumenthal At Home (2011)
Historic Heston (2013)
4. Ferran Adria
This list wouldn’t be complete without Spanish chef Ferran Adria. Adria has been named the world’s greatest chef many times with his restaurant elBulli being named the best restaurant in the world five times. He closed his three Michelin star restaurant in 2011 to write culinary encyclopedias and is also credited with creating “culinary foam” which is used by chefs around the world.
El Bulli 1998–2002 (with Juli Soler and Albert Adrià), Conran Octopus, 2003
El Bulli 2003–2004 (with Juli Soler and Albert Adrià), Ecco, 2006
El Bulli 2005
A Day at El Bulli 2008
The Family Meal: Home Cooking with Ferran Adria 2011
5. Marco Pierre White
Dubbed the first celebrity chef, British chef, television personality and restaurateur Marco Pierre White is one of the world’s most celebrated chefs. At 32, he became the youngest chef and the first British chef to have been awarded three Michelin stars. White has also mentored some of the world’s greatest chefs like Curtis Stone, Gordon Ramsay and Shannon Bennett.
Gordon Ramsay: Quick and Delicious - 100 Recipes to Cook in 30 Minutes or Less (2019)
7. Shannon Bennett
Best known for his French-inspired cuisine, Australian chef Shannon Bennett has made quite a name for himself both nationally and internationally. A regular guest on Masterchef Australia and Audi ambassador is the best know for his creative menus as Head Chef at Melbourne restaurant, Vue de monde.
The first American chef on this list, Thomas Keller is a force to be reckoned with. He is also the recipient for the Best Chef in America in 1997 and is a perennial winner in the annual Top 50 Restaurants of the World. He currently holds seven Michelin stars in total. He also had the honour of catering for the Vanity Fair Oscars Afterparty in 2018.
The French Laundry
Bouchon Bakery (2002)
Ad Hoc at Home
Under Pressure: Cooking Sous Vide
The French Laundry Cookbook
9. Curtis Stone
Curtis Stone is one of Australia’s most celebrated chefs, rising to fame after an appearance on The Celebrity Apprentice. Stone started cooking at the age of four under the guidance of his grandmother. His career has seen him move to Los Angeles and appear on Surfing the Menu, Dinner in a Box, Good Food Live and Saturday Kitchen. Not only that but he was also the host of the first season of My Kitchen Rules in Australia and is now the face of Coles supermarkets. You can read more about him here.
The father of “New New Orleans” style, Emeril Lagasse is one of the world’s greatest chefs. It is estimated that his portfolio of media, products and restaurants generates an estimated USD $150 million each year. He was also a recipient of the National Best Recipe award winner for his ‘Turkey and Hot Sausage Chili’ recipe in 2003. Emeril founded the Emeril Lagasse Foundation in 2002, which creates educational opportunities for disadvantaged children.
New New Orleans Cooking (1993)
Louisiana Real and Rustic (1996)
Emeril's Creole Christmas (1997)
Emeril's TV Dinners (1998)
Every Day's a Party (1999)
Prime Time Emeril (2001)
Emeril's There's a Chef in My Soup!: Recipes for the Kid in Everyone (2002)
From Emeril's Kitchens: Favorite Recipes from Emeril's Restaurants (2003)
Emeril's There's a Chef in My Family (2004)
Emeril's Potluck: Comfort Food with a Kicked-Up Attitude (2004)
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