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The Most Influential Chefs of All Time 

Chef Jen
Updated July 6, 2019 6.4k votes 1.6k voters 43.1k views 32 items

List Rules Vote up the world's most influential and important chefs who've changed the way we eat.

Bon Appétit! Ever wonder who the most influential chefs of all time are? Sure, super chefs Bobby Flay, Gordon Ramsay, and other famous TV chefs can be considered some of the best, but are they the most influential? Maybe for their time, yet they may be nowhere when it comes to cooking if it wasn't for some of the top world chefs before them. In other words, the chefs to follow were largely important in creating and exploring a great deal of dishes and cuisines, changing the way chefs approach food, as well as how we eat. 

While many of these renown chefs still grace the world with their delicious plates, others have since passed, leaving their great contributions behind for all of us to enjoy. From Frenchman Alexis Soyer to the award-winning Thomas Keller, these important chefs had a huge influence on a broad range of dishes, and they set the standard for chefs across the world. But who's the most influential chef ever?

Check out the list of top chefs in history below and be sure to vote up whoever you think had the greatest influence on food as we know it today. You can also vote chefs down and add any missing ones to the list. 

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Gordon Ramsay is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
Age 52 from Johnstone, United Kingdom
Gordon James Ramsay (born 8 November 1966) is a British chef, restaurateur, writer, television personality and food critic. He was born in Johnstone, Scotland, and raised in Stratford-upon-Avon, ...more
2
Joël Robuchon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
Age 73 from Poitiers, France
Joël Robuchon (French pronunciation: ​[ʒɔɛl ʁɔbyʃɔ̃], 7 April 1945 – 6 August 2018) was a French chef and restaurateur. He was named "Chef of the Century" by the guide Gault ...more
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Julia Child is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
Dec. at 92 (1912-2004) from Pasadena, California, United States of America
Julia Carolyn Child (née McWilliams; August 15, 1912 – August 13, 2004) was an American chef, author and television personality. She is recognized for bringing French cuisine to the ...more
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Auguste Escoffier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
Dec. at 89 (1846-1935) from Villeneuve-Loubet, France
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 ...more
5
Alain Ducasse is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
Age 62 from Orthez, France
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 ...more
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Anthony Bourdain is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
Age 62 from New York City, New York, United States of America
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 ...more
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Thomas Keller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
Age 63 from Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California, United States of America
Thomas Keller (born October 14, 1955) is an American chef, restaurateur, and cookbook writer. He and his landmark Napa Valley restaurant, The French Laundry in Yountville, California, have won ...more
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Heston Blumenthal is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
Age 52 from London, United Kingdom
Heston Marc Blumenthal OBE (; born 27 May 1966) is a British celebrity chef. He is the proprietor of The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire, one of five restaurants in Great Britain to have three ...more
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Ferran Adrià is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
Age 56 from Spain, L'Hospitalet de Llobregat
Ferran Adrià Acosta (born May 14, 1962) (Catalan pronunciation: [fəˈran əðɾiˈa]) is a Spanish chef. He was the head chef of the elBulli restaurant in Roses on the Costa Brava and is ...more
10
David Chang is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
Age 41 from Virginia, United States of America
David Chang (Korean: Chang Seok-ho 장석호; born August 5, 1977) is an American restaurateur, author, and television personality. He is the founder of the Momofuku restaurant group, which includes ...more
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René Redzepi is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
Age 41 from Copenhagen, Denmark
René Redzepi (born 16 December 1977) is a Danish chef and co-owner of the two-Michelin star restaurant Noma in the Christianshavn neighborhood of Copenhagen, Denmark. His restaurant was ...more
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Pierre Gagnaire is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
Age 68 from Apinac, France
Pierre Gagnaire (born 9 April 1950 in Apinac, Loire) is a French chef, and the head chef and owner of the eponymous Pierre Gagnaire restaurant at 6 rue Balzac in Paris (in the 8th ...more
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Yoshihiro Murata is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
Yoshihiro Murata is an author.
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Nobu Matsuhisa is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
Age 69 from Saitama Prefecture, Japan
Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa (松久 信幸 Matsuhisa Nobuyuki; born March 10, 1949) is a Japanese celebrity chef and restaurateur known for his fusion cuisine blending traditional Japanese ...more
15
Daniel Boulud is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
Age 63 from Saint-Pierre-de-Chandieu, France
Daniel Boulud (born 25 March 1955 in Saint-Pierre-de-Chandieu) is a French chef and restaurateur with restaurants in New York City, Boston, Washington, D.C., Palm Beach, Miami, Toronto, ...more
16
Fernand Point is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
Dec. at 58 (1897-1955) from Louhans, France
Fernand Point (25 February 1897 – 4 March 1955) was a French chef and restaurateur and is considered to be the father of modern French cuisine. He founded the restaurant La Pyramide in Vienne ...more
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Joan Roca i Fontan&eacut... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
Age 55 from Girona, Spain
Joan Roca i Fontané is a chef of the restaurant El Celler de Can Roca. He studied in Escola d'Hosteleria de Girona, where later he became a teacher. He worked with his grandparents and ...more
18
Charlie Trotter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1959-2013) from Wilmette, Illinois, United States of America
Charles "Charlie" Trotter was an American chef and restaurateur.
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Alexis Soyer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
Dec. at 48 (1810-1858) from Meaux, France
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 ...more
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Dan Barber is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
Age 50 from New York City, New York, United States of America
Dan Barber (born October 2, 1969) is chef and co-owner of Blue Hill in Manhattan and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York. He is the author of The Third Plate.
21
Jean-Louis Palladin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
Dec. at 55 (1946-2001) from Condom, France
Jean-Louis Palladin was a multiple JBF Awards nominee for Outstanding Restaurant.
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Martin Berasategui is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
Martín Berasategui Olazábal is a Spanish chef expert in Basque cuisine and owner of an eponymous restaurant in Lasarte-Oria (Gipuzkoa), Spain, which has been awarded three Michelin ...more
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Gaston Acurio is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
Magnus Fox added Age 48 from Lima, Peru
Gastón Acurio Jaramillo (born October 30, 1967) is a Peruvian chef and ambassador of Peruvian cuisine. He is the owner of restaurants in several countries and is the author of several ...more
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Daniel Humm is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
Age 43 from Zürich, Switzerland
Daniel Humm is a Swiss chef and restaurant owner; he is chef/co-owner of Eleven Madison Park and The NoMad in New York City, the former a recipient of three Michelin stars. His cuisine is ...more
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Jean-Georges Vongerichte... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
Age 61 from Alsace, France
Jean-Georges Vongerichten (Alsatian: [ˌʒãː_ˌʒɔrʒ_fɔn.ɡəˈrɪçtən], French: [ʒãː_ʒɔrʒ_vɔn.ɡərɪʃtən] born 16 March 1957) is a French-American chef. Vongerichten commands ...more