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Famous Chefs from France

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List of the famous chefs from France. List includes some of the best chefs from France, along with photos when available. This list of renowned French chefs is ordered alphabetically, but if you're searching for a specific chef from France then you can use the "search" box to find who you're looking for. This list is made up of a variety of chefs, including Auguste Escoffier and Raymond Oliver.

This list answers the questions, "What famous chefs are from France?" and "Who are the greatest French chefs?"

You can click on the names of the famous chefs of France in order to get more information about each one. If you're a food lover then use this list of popular French chefs to discover some new cooks.



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    Alain Ducasse is a Monégasque chef. He formerly held French nationality. He operates a number of restaurants including Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester which holds three stars in the Michelin Guide.more

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    • Birthplace: Orthez, France
    • Nationality: Monaco
    • Restaurant: Louis XV, Alain Ducasse, Jules Verne
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    Alexis Soyer
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    Alexis Benoist Soyer was a French celebrity chef who became the most celebrated cook in Victorian England. He also tried to alleviate suffering of the Irish poor in the Great Irish Famine, and contributed a penny for the relief of the poor for every copy sold of his pamphlet The Poor Man's Regenerator.more

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    • Birthplace: Meaux, France
    • Nationality: France
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    Anthony Bourdain
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    Anthony Michael Bourdain is an American chef, author, and television personality. He is a 1978 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and a veteran of numerous professional kitchens, including a stint of many years as executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles. Though Bourdain is no longer formally ...more

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    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Restaurant: Brasserie Les Halles
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    Auguste Escoffier
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    Georges Auguste Escoffier was a French chef, restaurateur and culinary writer who popularized and updated traditional French cooking methods. He is a legendary figure among chefs and gourmets, and was one of the most important leaders in the development of modern French cuisine. Much of Escoffier's ...more

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    • Birthplace: Villeneuve-Loubet, France
    • Nationality: France
    • Restaurant: Le Faisan d'Or, Le Restaurant Français, Le Petit Moulin Rouge
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    Fabrice Desvignes
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    Fabrice Desvignes is a French chef, and winner of the 2007 Bocuse d'Or. Desvignes is a second chef at the Présidence du Sénat in Paris. Desvignes’s prize-winning dish was a volaille de Bresse truffée. During the course of the contest, a late delivery of two metal containers to Desvignes became the ...more

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    • Nationality: France
    • Restaurant: Présidence du Sénat
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    Fernand Point was a French chef and restaurateur and is considered to be the father of modern French cuisine. He founded the French restaurant La Pyramide in Vienne near Lyon.more

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    • Birthplace: Louhans, France
    • Nationality: France
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    François Vatel was the majordomo of Nicolas Fouquet and prince Louis II de Bourbon-Condé. Vatel was born either in Switerland or in Paris in 1625, 1631, or 1635. He is widely but incorrectly credited with creating crème Chantilly, a sweet, vanilla-flavoured whipped cream, but there is no contemporary ...more

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    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Nationality: France
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    Gaston Lenôtre was a French pastry chef and caterer.more

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    • Birthplace: Normandy
    • Nationality: France
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    • Nationality: France
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    Marie-Antoine Carême
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    Marie Antoine Carême was an early practitioner and exponent of the elaborate style of cooking known as grande cuisine, the "high art" of French cooking: a grandiose style of cookery favoured by both international royalty and by the newly rich of Paris. Carême is often considered as one of the first ...more

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    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Nationality: France
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    Paul Bocuse is a French chef based in Lyon who is famous for the high quality of his restaurants and his innovative approaches to cuisine. A student of Eugénie Brazier, he is one of the most prominent chefs associated with the nouvelle cuisine, which is less opulent and calorific than the traditional ...more

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    • Birthplace: Collonges-au-Mont-d'Or, France
    • Nationality: France
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    Raymond Oliver was chef and owner of Le Grand Véfour restaurant in Paris, one of France's great historical restaurants. Oliver detested the nouvelle cuisine, preferring the rich ingredients favored by the chefs in his native Gascony. Oliver, who was born in Langon in the Bordeaux region of France, was ...more

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    • Birthplace: Langon, France
    • Nationality: France
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    Wylie Dufresne is the chef and owner of the wd~50 and Alder restaurants in Manhattan. Dufresne is a leading American proponent of molecular gastronomy, the movement to incorporate science and new techniques in the preparation and presentation of food.more

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    • Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States of America
    • Nationality: France, United States of America
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