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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 (French: [alɛ̃ dykas]; born 13 September 1956) is a French-born Monégasque chef. He operates a number of restaurants including Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester which holds three stars (the top ranking) in the Michelin Guide....  more
    • Birthplace: Orthez, France
    • Nationality: Monaco
    • Restaurant: Louis XV, Alain Ducasse, Jules Verne
  • Photo: Metaweb (FB) / Public domain
    Alexis Benoît Soyer (4 February 1810 – 5 August 1858) was a French 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 (1845–1849), and contributed a penny for the relief of the poor for every copy sold of his pamphlet The Poor Man's Regenerator (1847). He worked to improve the food provided to British soldiers in the Crimean War. A variant of the field stove he invented at that time, known as the "Soyer stove", remained in use with the British army until 1982....  more
    • Birthplace: Meaux, France
    • Nationality: France
  • Photo: Helga Esteb / Shutterstock
    Anthony Michael Bourdain (; June 25, 1956 – June 8, 2018) was an American celebrity chef, author, and travel documentarian who starred in programs focusing on the exploration of international culture, cuisine, and the human condition. Bourdain was a 1978 graduate of The Culinary Institute of America and a veteran of a number of professional kitchens in his long career, which included many years spent as executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in Manhattan. He first became known for his bestselling book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly (2000). His first food and world-travel television show, A Cook's Tour, ran for 35 episodes on the Food Network in 2002 and 2003. In...  more
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Restaurant: Brasserie Les Halles

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  • Georges Auguste Escoffier (French: [ʒɔʁʒ oɡyst ɛskɔfje]; 28 October 1847 – 12 February 1935) was a French chef, restaurateur and culinary writer who popularized and updated traditional French cooking methods. Much of Escoffier's technique was based on that of Marie-Antoine Carême, one of the codifiers of French haute cuisine, but Escoffier's achievement was to simplify and modernize Carême's elaborate and ornate style. In particular, he codified the recipes for the five mother sauces. Referred to by the French press as roi des cuisiniers et cuisinier des rois ("king of chefs and chef of kings"—though this had also been previously said of Carême), Escoffier was France's preeminent chef in...  more
    • Birthplace: Villeneuve-Loubet, France
    • Nationality: France
    • Restaurant: Le Faisan d'Or, Le Restaurant Français, Le Petit Moulin Rouge