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List of famous chefs, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top chefs in the world? This includes the most prominent chefs, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable chefs is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic chefs were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned chefs.

Everyone from Padma Lakshmi to Paul Oakenfold is included on this list.

From reputable, prominent, and well known chefs to the lesser known chefs of today, these are some of the best professionals in the chef field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous chefs ever?" and "What are the names of famous chefs?" then you're in the right place. 
Padma Lakshmi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Chefs
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Padma Lakshmi is an American cookbook author, actress, model, television host and executive producer. Her debut cookbook Easy Exotic won her the "Best First Book" award at the 1999 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. She has been the host of the US reality television program Top Chef since season two in ...more

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Age: 46

Birthplace: Chennai, India

Profession: Model, Author, Actor

Credits: Top Chef, Girl Most Likely, The View, The 2009 Independent Spirit Awards

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Bethenny Frankel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Chefs
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Bethenny Frankel is an American reality television personality, talk show host, author, and entrepreneur. She founded Skinnygirl Cocktails, authored four self-help books and hosted the talk show, Bethenny. Frankel has appeared on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, The Real Housewives of New York City ...more

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Age: 46

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York

Profession: Entrepreneur, Author, Actor, Presenter Chef

Credits: Bethenny, Bethenny Ever After, The Real Housewives of New York City, The Apprentice: Martha Stewart

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Julia Child is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Chefs
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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, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and her subsequent television programs, the most notable of which was The French Chef, ...more

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Age: Died at 92 (1912-2004)

Birthplace: Pasadena, California, United States of America

Profession: Cook, Copywriter, TV chef, Author Writer, + more

Credits: The French Chef, Julie & Julia, Good Morning America, In Julia's Kitchen with Master Chefs

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#6 on The Most Entertaining Celebrity Chefs

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Gordon Ramsay is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Chefs
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Gordon James Ramsay, Jr, OBE is a Scottish born British chef and restaurateur.His restaurants have been awarded 15 Michelin stars in total and currently hold 14. His signature restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea, London, has held 3 Michelin stars since 2001. Ramsay is known for ...more

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Age: 50

Birthplace: Johnstone, United Kingdom

Profession: Cook, Television director, Television producer, Restaurateur Actor, + more

Credits: Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, The F Word, Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares

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#1 on The Most Entertaining Celebrity Chefs

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Kelis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Chefs
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Kelis Rogers Mora, better known mononymously as Kelis, is an American singer-songwriter and certified chef. She has won Brit Awards, Q Awards, and NME Awards, and was nominated for two Grammy Awards and has released six regular studio albums so far. She has had 10 top ten singles in the United ...more

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Age: 37

Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Singer-songwriter, Designer, Singer Chef

Credits: Step Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Mean Girls, The Big Short

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Anthony Bourdain is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Chefs
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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 ...more

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Age: 60

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Television producer, TV chef, Screenwriter, Author Actor, + more

Credits: Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, A Cook's Tour

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#2 on The Most Entertaining Celebrity Chefs

#10 on Celebrity Chefs You Most Wish Would Cook for You

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Rachael Ray is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Chefs
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Rachael Ray is an American television personality, businesswoman, celebrity chef and author. She hosts the syndicated daily talk and lifestyle program Rachael Ray, and three Food Network series. Other programs to her credit include Rachael Ray's Week In A Day and the reality format show Rachael vs. ...more

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Age: 48

Birthplace: Glens Falls, New York, United States of America

Profession: Celebrity chef, Businessperson, Television producer, Screenwriter Author, + more

Credits: Rachael Ray, 30 Minute Meals, Rachael Ray's Week in a Day, Lunch Hour

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#10 on The Most Entertaining Celebrity Chefs

#12 on Celebrity Chefs You Most Wish Would Cook for You

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Giada De Laurentiis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Chefs
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Giada Pamela De Laurentiis is an Italian-born American chef, writer, television personality, and the host of the current Food Network television program Giada at Home. She also appears regularly as a contributor and guest co-host on NBC's Today. De Laurentiis is the founder of the catering business ...more

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Age: 46

Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Profession: Television producer, Author, Actor, Presenter Chef

Credits: Giada at Home, Everyday Italian, Food Network Star, Today

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#5 on The Most Entertaining Celebrity Chefs

#6 on Celebrity Chefs You Most Wish Would Cook for You

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