List of Famous Chefs People

List of Famous Chefs

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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. (985 items)


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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: age 45
    • Birthplace: Chennai, India
    • Profession: Model, Author, Actor
    • Credits: Glitter, Top Chef, Boom, The Mistress of Spices, The Ten Commandments, + more
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    Bethenny Frankel
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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 and ...more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Entrepreneur, Author, Actor, Presenter, Chef
    • Credits: The Real Housewives of New York City, Hollywood Hills, 90028, Bethenny, The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, + more
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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, which ...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: Julie & Julia, We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story, The French Chef, Cooking with Master Chefs: Hosted by Julia Child, Julia and Jacques Cooking at Home, + more
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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 presenting TV ...more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Johnstone, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Cook, Television director, Television producer, Restaurateur, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Hell's Kitchen, Hell's Kitchen, Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares, Kitchen Nightmares, MasterChef, + more
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    Kelis
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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 Kingdom ...more

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    • Age: age 36
    • Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Singer-songwriter, Designer, Singer, Chef
    • Credits: Freaknik: The Musical, The Buried Life, VGX Award Show
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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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    • Age: age 59
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Television producer, TV chef, Screenwriter, Author, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Top Chef, Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations, Far Cry, The Taste, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, + more
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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. Guy: ...more

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    • Age: age 47
    • Birthplace: Glens Falls, New York, USA
    • Profession: Celebrity chef, Businessperson, Television producer, Screenwriter, Author, + more
    • Credits: Iron Chef America, Rachael Ray, Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off, 30 Minute Meals, Rachael Ray's New Catchphrase, + more
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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 GDL ...more

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    • Age: age 45
    • Birthplace: Rome, Italy
    • Profession: Television producer, Author, Actor, Presenter, Chef
    • Credits: Iron Chef America, The Next Food Network Star, Handy Manny, Everyday Italian, Giada at Home, + more
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    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 with her sons, Jamie and Bobby Deen. She has published fourteen cookbooks. Though married in 2004 to Michael Groover, she uses ...more

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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Albany, Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Cook, TV chef, Restaurateur, Author, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Elizabethtown, Iron Chef America, Paula's Home Cooking, Paula's Party, Paula's Best Dishes, + more
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    James Trevor "Jamie" Oliver, MBE is an English celebrity chef, restaurateur, and media personality known for his food-focused television shows, cookbooks and more recently his global campaign for better food education.more

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Clavering, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Television producer, Screenwriter, Restaurateur, Author, Presenter, + more
    • Credits: Iron Chef America, Jamie's 30 Minute Meals, Jamie's American Road Trip, Jamie's Ministry of Food, Jamie's Dream School, + more
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    Robert William "Bobby" Flay is an American celebrity chef, restaurateur, and reality television personality. He is the owner and executive chef of several restaurants: Mesa Grill in Las Vegas and the Bahamas; Bar Americain in New York and Uncasville, CT; Bobby Flay Steak in Atlantic City; Gato in New ...more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Television producer, Restaurateur, Author, Presenter, Chef
    • Credits: Iron Chef America, Iron Chef, The Next Food Network Star, Worst Cooks in America, Falling for Grace, + more
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    Dom DeLuise
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    Dominick "Dom" DeLuise was an American actor, comedian, film director, television producer, chef, and author. He was the husband of actress Carol Arthur from 1965 until his death and the father of actor, director, pianist, and writer Peter DeLuise, actor David DeLuise, and actor Michael DeLuise. He ...more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1933-2009)
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Author, Actor, Voice acting, + more
    • Credits: Blazing Saddles, Spaceballs, The Muppet Movie, All Dogs Go to Heaven, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, + more
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    Vincent Leonard Price, Jr. was an American actor, well known for his distinctive voice as well as his serio-comic performances in a series of horror films made in the latter part of his career.more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1911-1993)
    • Birthplace: USA, St. Louis, Missouri
    • Profession: Radio personality, Actor, Voice acting, Writer, Presenter, + more
    • Credits: Edward Scissorhands, The Ten Commandments, The Great Mouse Detective, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, The Last Man on Earth, + more
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    Nigella Lucy Lawson is an English journalist, broadcaster, television personality, gourmet, and food writer. She is the daughter of Nigel Lawson, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Vanessa Lawson, whose family owned the J. Lyons and Co. food and catering business. After graduating from Lady ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Wandsworth, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Journalist, Author, Presenter, Chef
    • Credits: The Taste, Nigella Express, Nigella Feasts, Nigella Kitchen, Nigella's Christmas Kitchen, + more
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    Joan Severance is an American actress and former fashion model.more

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    • Age: age 57
    • Birthplace: Texas, USA, Houston
    • Profession: Fashion Model, Restaurateur, Actor, Chef
    • Credits: Lethal Weapon, See No Evil, Hear No Evil, No Holds Barred, Bird on a Wire, + more
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    Paul Sorvino
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    Paul Anthony Sorvino is an American actor. He often portrays authority figures on both sides of the law, and is possibly best known for his roles as Paulie Cicero, a portrayal of Paul Vario in the 1990 gangster film Goodfellas, and Sgt. Phil Cerreta on the police procedural and legal drama television ...more

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    • Age: age 76
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Opera Singer, Sculptor, Activist, Copywriter, Television director, + more
    • Credits: Goodfellas, Law & Order, Romeo + Juliet, The Rocketeer, Dick Tracy, + more
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    Cat Cora
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    Catherine Ann "Cat" Cora is an American professional chef best known for her featured role as an "Iron Chef" on the Food Network television show Iron Chef America and as co-host of Around the World in 80 Plates on Bravo.more

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    • Age: age 47
    • Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: TV chef, Chef
    • Credits: Iron Chef America, The Next Iron Chef, Kitchen Accomplished, Around the World in 80 Plates
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    Chris Cornell
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    Chris Cornell is an American rock musician and singer-songwriter, best known as the lead vocalist, primary songwriter and rhythm guitarist for Seattle rock band Soundgarden and as former lead vocalist and songwriter for the supergroup Audioslave. He is also known for his numerous solo works and ...more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: USA, Washington, Seattle
    • Profession: Businessperson, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, Singer-songwriter, + more
    • Credits: Singles
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    Martin Yan is a Chinese-born Hong Kong-American chef and food writer. He has hosted his award-winning PBS-TV cooking show Yan Can Cook since 1982.more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Guangzhou, China
    • Profession: TV chef, Chef
    • Credits: Rice Rhapsody, Yan Can Cook, Martin Yan’s Chinatown Cooking, Yan Can Cook: The Best of China
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    Emeril Lagasse
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    Emeril John Lagasse is an American celebrity chef, restaurateur, television personality, and cookbook author. A regional James Beard Award winner, he is perhaps most notable for his Food Network shows Emeril Live and Essence of Emeril, as well as catchphrases such as, "Kick it up a notch!" and "BAM!" ...more

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: USA, Massachusetts, Fall River
    • Profession: Television producer, TV chef, Entrepreneur, Restaurateur, Author, + more
    • Credits: The Princess and the Frog, Last Holiday, Top Chef, Iron Chef America, Emeril, + more
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