Food The Most Influential Chefs of All Time  

Chef Jen
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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
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, ...more

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59 31
Julia Child is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
Dec. at 92 (1912-2004)
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 ...more

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Joël Robuchon is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
age 73
Joël Robuchon is a French chef and restaurateur. He was titled "Chef of the Century" by the guide Gault Millau in 1989 and also awarded the Meilleur Ouvrier de France in cuisine ...more

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52 32
Auguste Escoffier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
Dec. at 89 (1846-1935)
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, ...more

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32 20
Alain Ducasse is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
age 62
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

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43 32
Anthony Bourdain is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
age 62
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, ...more

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29 19
Thomas Keller is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
age 63
Thomas Keller is an American chef, restaurateur, and cookbook writer. He and his landmark Napa Valley restaurant, The French Laundry in Yountville, California, have won multiple awards from the ...more

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René Redzepi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
age 41
René Redzepi is a Danish chef and co-owner of the two-Michelin star restaurant Noma in the Christianshavn neighborhood of Copenhagen, Denmark. His restaurant was voted the best restaurant ...more

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Heston Blumenthal is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
age 52
Heston Marc Blumenthal, OBE is an English celebrity chef. He is proprietor of The Fat Duck in Bray, Berkshire, one of four restaurants in Great Britain to have three Michelin stars; it was voted ...more

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24 20
Ferran Adrià is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
age 56
Ferran Adrià i Acosta is a Spanish chef born on May 14, 1962 in L'Hospitalet de Llobregat. He was the head chef of the elBulli restaurant in Roses on the Costa Brava and is considered one ...more

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David Chang is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
age 41
David Chang is a Korean-American chef and entrepreneur. He is the founder of the Momofuku restaurant group, which includes Momofuku Noodle Bar, Momofuku Ssäm Bar, Má Pêche, ...more

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Daniel Humm is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
age 43
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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Daniel Boulud is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
age 63
Daniel Boulud born 25 March 1955 in Saint-Pierre de Chandieu in the Rhône, France is a French chef and restaurateur with restaurants in New York City, Las Vegas, Palm Beach, Miami, ...more

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Alexis Soyer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
Dec. at 48 (1810-1858)
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 ...more

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Charlie Trotter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
Dec. at 54 (1959-2013)
Charles "Charlie" Trotter was an American chef and restaurateur.

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Carme Ruscalleda is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
age 67
Carme Ruscalleda i Serra is a renowned Spaniard - Catalan chef of the restaurant Sant Pau in Sant Pol de Mar, near Barcelona, Spain. She also owns and manages the restaurant Sant Pau de ...more

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9 10
Fernand Point is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
Dec. at 58 (1897-1955)
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.

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Dan Barber is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
age 50
Dan Barber is a chef and co-owner of Blue Hill in Manhattan and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in Pocantico Hills, New York. He is a 1992 graduate of Tufts University, where he received a B. A. in ...more

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9 12
Charles Ranhofer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
Dec. at 63 (1836-1899)
Charles Ranhofer was the chef at the famous Delmonico's Restaurant in New York from 1862 to 1876 and 1879 to 1896. Ranhofer was the author of The Epicurean, an encyclopedic cookbook of over ...more

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8 11
Pierre Gagnaire is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
age 68
Pierre Gagnaire is a well known French chef, and is the Head Chef and owner of the eponymous Pierre Gagnaire restaurant at 6 rue Balzac in Paris. Gagnaire is an iconoclastic chef at the ...more

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Nobu Matsuhisa is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
age 69
Nobuyuki "Nobu" Matsuhisa is a celebrity chef and restaurateur known for his fusion cuisine blending traditional Japanese dishes with South American ingredients. His signature dish is ...more

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8 12
Yoshihiro Murata is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
Yoshihiro Murata is an author.

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7 11
Joan Roca i Fontané is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
age 55
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

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Martin Berasategui is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
Martín Berasategui is a Basque chef and owner of an eponymous restaurant in Lasarte-Oria, Spain, which has been awarded three Michelin stars since 2001. He holds eight stars in total, ...more

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Jean-Georges Vongerichten is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Influential Chefs of All Time
age 61
Jean-Georges Vongerichten is a French chef. He was born in Alsace, France, March 16, 1957, and resides in New York City. Vongerichten commands restaurants in culinary capitals Las Vegas, London, ...more