Top 10 Best Chefs in the World Today

Is not food the second best thing in the world? If you’re sure it’s the first, let me remind you there is something called eating it too. Delicacies from around the world are bliss, and made by the craftiest hand of the best chefs from around the world, they are nothing short of ecstasy. When we talk of food, who we often miss out on giving credit to are the chefs who prepare the delicacies that suffice to be able to give culinary orgasms to people from around the world. Do you know who baked the Banoffee pie you relished at Victoria Jungfrau? Never taken the pain to thank the chef. Have you? Here are the 10 best chefs from around the world who satiate your tummies with delicacies and seldom get appreciated for it. They cook better than mom does (that might be too far-fetched). But then, you should know of the 10 people in the world you would never go hungry with- or those you must avoid when on a diet.

10. Anthony Bourdain

anthony Bourdain

So to start with the city that serves the most number of international cuisines in the World, Brasserie Les Halles in New York has a blessing as their executive chef in the form of Anthony Bourdain. This American man is not only a chef but also a writer of fiction and non-fiction. Alright so I can say only creative people make good chefs. How I wish ‘all creative people made good chefs and I was creative too.’ Bourdain started 2 decades back as a dishwasher and his progress to be a line cook, a sous chef and finally a chef was gradual. The writer of the book “Kitchen confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly”, this man has a passion for food. From hosting cookery shows to having his own blog- he’s explored every milestone food might ever reach and so he is one of the best in the world.

9. Heston Blumenthal


Heston Marc Blumenthal, the English chef has to his credit the advocacy of importance of scientific understanding in cooking. Quite some efforts were required for his to establish his presence as a celebrity chef and owner of several restaurants. The Fat Duck is one of his most famous restaurants which earned him not just 3 Michelin stars (Just? They can never be JUST 3 Michelin stars) but also was voted as one of the best in  the World’s 50 best restaurants in 2006. If for nothing else, he deserves to be applauded for his theory of Multi-Sensory Cooking, perhaps the only chef on the list who is as passionate about theory of cooking as he is for food.

8. Julia Child


They say women cook better, the list defied the myth till Julia Child happened. This dynamic lady was responsible for introducing American audiences to French cuisine with her outstanding work in the form of her book “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” and her subsequent television show “The French Chef”. At a time when chefs were little known and diners were more popular than fine dine places, she built a position of her own as an American Chef who pleased the taste-buds of people till her death in 2004. Perhaps the only chef who never associated her passion and love for cooking to commercial aspects alone. This lady sure was a revolution in the history of French cuisine in America.

7. Thomas Keller


Who said nothing comes to you naturally? Cooking delicious sumptuous dishes did to him. This restaurateur and American chef has no formal training in cooking and it was experience that was his best teacher. He is the owner of the French Laundry in Napa Valley and has received the award for the ‘Best Californian Chef’ in 1997 for his exemplary work as a chef. Having been awarded a three star rating for his restaurants Per se and French Laundry in the inaugural Michelin guide for New York, he has only grown to please the taste buds more with every year. You might want to lay your hands on one of his cookbooks. Don’t you?

6. Charlie Trotter


Majors in Political Science can make good chefs too, in fact one of the best in the world. Don’t believe me? The founder of the cooking show ‘The Masterchef’, restaurateur, chef and author – Charlie Trotter defied conventions when he discovered his passion for food. Ever since there was no looking back. With 14 cook books and 3 management books he is one of the most celebrated authors who are chefs. Associated with Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Organization, this man believes that food is not passion, it is love- and everyone deserves some of it. No wonder he was awarded the Humanitarian of the Year by IACP in 2005.

5. Emeril Lagasse


A French- Portuguese- American Restaurateur with many restaurants in the U.S., Emeril Lagasse has world influence not just in his bloodline but also his cuisine. This multitasked has been a recipient of the James Beard award and is best celebrated for his Creole and Cajun Cooking style. And who said chefs aren’t well paid. Emeril Lagasse’s food earns approximately $150 million a year. That is huge but chefs still don’t earn. Do they?

4. Paul Bucose


If in France, eat like the French and you’d never want to eat otherwise ever again. And if you had the chance to eat the preparation of The Father of Culinary Art in France- Paul Bucose, you’d rather not eat any other French preparation again only to savour the taste imparted to the delicacies by the legend. An ambassador of French Cuisine, he was one of the most popular names associated with Nouvelle Cuisine. He was not just the king of culinary but also a king maker of sorts for he trained his students to become top chefs around the world. With the Chef of the Century and Leadership awards adorning his name, this legend will best be remembered by the food he served and the taste buds that savour the taste till date.

3. Wolfgang Puck


This Austrian Chef likes to play it mystical and thus you can’t really be sure of which cuisine are you eating by the taste of it. Wolfgang Puck evolved how American Cooking happened by incorporating elements of French, Asian and Californian techniques and also other high quality ingredients from cuisines around the world. Trained from childhood by cooking with his mother, Wolfgang Puck grew to be regarded as the chef who earnt the most in the world. Envious much? Me too. But work as hard as him, be a cookbook writer, restaurateur, businessman and get your restaurant featured as one of the top 40 in the U.S , you’d earn that much too. He was awarded the official caterers for Academy Awards Governor Ball too. Just saying.

2. Marco Pierre White


This British Celebrity Chef has carved his position as the Godfather of Modern Cuisine by making extensive contribution to contemporary International Cuisine. Also the first celebrity chef, White has made a mark by being the youngest to have received 3 Michelin stars by the time he was 33. You know what sets him apart? He believed that sharing is how you gain and thus he trained the likes of Gordon Ramsay and Curtis Stone who commend him for his temperament. Some admiration there, if only his cuisines had been more accessible. Never mind!

1. Gordon James Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay

This high profile Scottish chef is most celebrated in the culinary industry. Didn’t they always say that a devoted student was worth a hundred teachers? From his undying wish of being a footballer, destiny planned differently for this culinary magician who resorted to being a chef after being injured during football. The only chef in UK having received 10 Michelin Stars (now 14) , this man plays harmony in his food. He transcends cuisines to present the most sumptuous delicacies to his customers. With appearances on Television in ‘Hell’s Kitchen’, ‘Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmare’ and Masterchef USA, this man has well established his ground like mentor Marco Pierre White. He cooked his way to the top of this list. So what’s cooking now? It sure is something delicious. ( Oh well, I should have been food- bribed for this name up here, Next time maybe?)


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      • the chef about whom i m talking about has a record for the longest running food show in Asia. The chef i m talking about is the owner of more than 50 Restaurants of his own worldwide. The chef about whom i m takling about has sold over more than 10 million of his cookery books. He has a TV channel of his own which runs 24X7. There are 25 million hits per month on his official website…and according to all these stats he is considered as the biggest TV chef in the world. Enough said i guess…

    • These are the best chefs in the world. 2/3 people of the world knows who they are… I never heard of the Chef you’re speaking of. Don’t get me wrong each chef is a skilled person, but how high is his standard compared to the world?

      • the chef about whom i m talking about has a record for the longest running food show in Asia. The chef i m talking about is the owner of more than 50 Restaurants of his own worldwide. The chef about whom i m takling about has sold over more than 10 million of his cookery books. He has a TV channel of his own which runs 24X7. There are 25 million hits per month on his official website…and according to all these stats he is considered as the biggest TV chef in the world. Enough said i guess.

    • yaar sanjeev kapoor specializes only in the indian cuisine, while these chefs have mastered cuisines all over the world- french, british, italian, chinese, japanese,korean, australian, indonesian,vietnamese, etc etc, u see, the difference between japanese and french is way higher then punjabi and gujrati cuisine for example, thats why sanjeev kapoor is never considered even close to the likes of marco pierre white who is a living legend

      • u r saying as if u hav tasted the food of every chef who is mentioned or not mentioned here. Dont get me wrong but i think making Indian cuisine is by far the most difficult thing to cook. And as far as i hav seen him Sanjeev Kapoor does make all kinds of cuisines and if not better he is EQUALLY GOOD to all the chefs mentioned here.

  • Where is Ferran Adria?. Adria may be the best chef of this century. Do you Know El Bulli?. You´re wrong.

  • I know that Julia Child is no longer among the living. I don’t know about the others. Is there a list of the top 10 who are living?

  • Where is Joel Robuchon? My advice is to remove Legasse and move everyone down a ranking and add Robuchon as #1.

  • This list is so unreal! Gordon Ramsey is not even top 50! WHERE is Ferran? Arzak? Redhxepi? Joan Roca? Bras? Bottura? sure Keller, MPW, and Heston B i can agree with But the rest is not even close!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

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    • what about julia? she shouldn’t be there though like most of them! all celebrity chefs although michelin stars count!

  • lol !!! farrrrrrr awayyyy from the true !!! this list is not even close !!! how can Massimo Bottura not be here !! IS CRAZY !!! how can be Ramsay better than Marco Pierre White whose is his mentor and his Maitresse d’ecole in the kitchen… jajajajajaja whose list is this??

  • So what happened to Ducasse, Robuchon, Adria? At least you have Bocuse right! I’m pretty sure this is just a list of most TV-friendly chefs, why dont you add Jamie Oliver while you’re at it…

  • Is this a joke? Has to be. Bourdain? When has anyone ever seen this libero-turd cook anything but his own ego? Emeril?….. You’re kidding, right? A lot of question marks and yet oh-so warranted. Not to agree with the likes of a sub-scum mildew from under the waste disposal system like Bourdain, but even a broken clock is right twice a day. He makes fun of Emeril for a darn good reason. Ramsay… number 1?!?!?!? Isn’t he the guy that just got all 3 of his Michelin stars stripped and thrown into the trash where they belong? gordy hasn’t been able to cook a french fry properly since he sold out to reality TV made for third graders on Ritalin. He beat Keller, perhaps the often regarded best chef in the WORLD? Even if it is technically impossible to claim best in the world, Keller is at least in the top 3 of ‘murica, even by the most cynical of couch critics. Trotter? Sure, he’s good. Better than Keller good? NOT AS GOOD AS EMERIL good? Are you f’n kidding me right now?! Who vets this crap? Top search through Google? A sad day for anyone who respects food indeed. Whoever rated this, please, drink bleach and hide in a basement behind a door that only locks from the outside after requesting the key be smelted. Crazy is real.

  • Is this a joke ?, You cant be serious. This is an insult to the many great chefs who cook around the world who gave inspiration to these idiots Ramsey and White and all the other crap chefs who are on Tv. I wont allow myself to believe this written article. Crazy!

  • It’s Bocuse, not Bucose. And that’s not just a spelling mistake if you are writing about the culinary world.