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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
Padma Parvati Lakshmi Vaidynathan (born September 1, 1970), known professionally as Padma Lakshmi (Tamil: பத்மா லட்சுமி, pronounced [ˈpəd̪maː ˈləkʃmiː]), is an American author, actress, model, ...more

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Bethenny Frankel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Chefs
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Julia Child is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Chefs
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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Gordon Ramsay is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Chefs
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

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Kelis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Chefs
Kelis Rogers (; born August 21, 1979) is an American singer, songwriter and chef. When she was 14, Kelis was admitted to New York's Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and ...more

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Anthony Bourdain is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Chefs
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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Rachael Ray is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Chefs
Rachael Domenica Ray (born August 25, 1968) is an American television personality, businesswoman, celebrity chef, and author. She hosts the syndicated daily talk and lifestyle program Rachael ...more

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Giada De Laurentiis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Chefs
Giada Pamela De Laurentiis (born August 22, 1970) is an American chef, writer, and television personality. She is the host of Food Network's Giada at Home. She also appears regularly as a ...more

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Paula Deen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Chefs
Paula Ann Hiers Deen (born January 19, 1947) is an American TV personality and cooking show host. Deen resides in Savannah, Georgia, where she owns and operates The Lady & Sons restaurant ...more

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Jamie Oliver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Chefs
James Trevor Oliver (born 27 May 1975) is a British chef and restaurateur. He is known for his approachable cuisine, which has led him to front numerous television shows and open many ...more

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Bobby Flay is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Chefs
Robert William Flay (born December 10, 1964) is an American celebrity chef, restaurateur, and reality television personality. He is the owner and executive chef of several restaurants: Mesa ...more

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Dom DeLuise is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Chefs
Dominick DeLuise (August 1, 1933 – May 4, 2009) was an American actor, voice actor, comedian, director, producer, chef and author. He was the husband of actress Carol Arthur and the father of ...more

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Vincent Price is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Chefs
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Nigella Lawson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Chefs
Nigella Lucy Lawson (born 6 January 1960) is an English food writer and cooking show host. She is the daughter of Nigel Lawson, a former Chancellor of the Exchequer, and Vanessa (née ...more

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Joan Severance is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Chefs
Joan Marie Severance (born December 23, 1958) is an American actress and former fashion model.
Paul Sorvino is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Chefs
Paul Anthony Sorvino (, Italian: [sorˈviːno]; born April 13, 1939) is an American actor, opera singer, businessman, writer, and sculptor. He often portrays authority figures on both sides of the ...more

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Cat Cora is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Chefs
Catherine Ann Cora (born April 3, 1967) 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 ...more

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Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Chefs
Christopher John Cornell (né Boyle; July 20, 1964 – May 18, 2017) was an American musician, singer and songwriter. He was best known as the lead vocalist for the rock bands Soundgarden ...more

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Martin Yan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Chefs
Martin Yan (Chinese: 甄文達, Zhen Wenda; born 22 December 1948) is a Chinese-American chef and food writer. He has hosted his award-winning PBS-TV cooking show Yan Can Cook since 1982.

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Emeril Lagasse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Chefs
Emeril Lagasse
Emeril John Lagassé III ( EM-ə-rəl lə-GAH-see; born October 15, 1959) is an American celebrity chef, restaurateur, television personality, cookbook author, and National Best Recipe award ...more

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Wolfgang Puck is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Chefs
Wolfgang Johannes Puck (né Topfschnig; born July 8, 1949) is an Austrian-American chef, restaurateur, and actor. Born in Austria, Puck moved to the United States at the age of 24. In ...more

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Jane Asher is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Chefs
Jane Asher (born 5 April 1946) is an English actress, author and entrepreneur who achieved early fame as a child actress and has worked extensively in film and TV throughout her career. Asher ...more
Peter Gordon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Chefs
Peter Gordon (born 1963) is a New Zealand-born, London-based chef.
Tom Colicchio is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Chefs
Thomas Patrick Colicchio (; born August 15, 1962) is an American celebrity chef. He co-founded the Gramercy Tavern in New York City, and formerly served as a co-owner and as the executive chef. ...more

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Jehane Benoît is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Chefs
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