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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 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 ...more
Bethenny Frankel is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Chefs
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 ...more
Julia Child is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Chefs
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
Gordon Ramsay is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Chefs
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
Kelis is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Chefs
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 ...more
Anthony Bourdain is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Chefs
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
Rachael Ray is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Chefs
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. ...more
Giada De Laurentiis is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Chefs
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 ...more
Paula Deen is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Chefs
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, ...more
Jamie Oliver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Chefs
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 ...more
Bobby Flay is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Chefs
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 ...more
Dom DeLuise is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Chefs
Dominick "Dom" DeLuise was an American actor, comedian, film director, television producer, chef, and author. He starred in a number of movies directed by Mel Brooks, in a series of ...more
Vincent Price is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Chefs
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.
Nigella Lawson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Chefs
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 ...more
Joan Severance is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Chefs
Joan Severance 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 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 and Sgt. Phil Cerreta on the ...more
Cat Cora is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Chefs
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 ...more
Chris Cornell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Chefs
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 ...more
Martin Yan is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Chefs
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.
Emeril Lagasse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Chefs
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 ...more
Wolfgang Puck is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Chefs
Wolfgang Johannes Puck is an Austrian-born American celebrity chef, restaurateur, and occasional actor. Wolfgang Puck restaurants, catering services, cookbooks and licensed products are run by ...more
Jane Asher is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Chefs
Jane Asher is an English actress who achieved early fame as a child star, and has worked extensively in film and TV throughout her career. She was a key figure of 1960s showbusiness society as ...more
Peter Gordon is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Chefs
Peter Gordon ONZM is a New Zealand-born, London-based chef.
Tom Colicchio is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Chefs
Thomas Patrick "Tom" Colicchio 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. He is ...more
Jehane Benoît is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Chefs
Jehane Benoît, OC was a Canadian culinary author, speaker, commentator, journalist, and broadcaster. After studying at the Sorbonne and the Cordon Bleu cooking school in Paris, she started ...more