Famous 20th Century Chefs

Find out more about the greatest 20th Century Chefs, including Gordon Ramsay, Anthony Bourdain, Jamie Oliver, Paul Prudhomme and Paula Deen.

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 1 Bobby Flay

Bobby Flay.
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Famous As: American chef
Birthdate: December 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S
Celebrity chef Bobby Flay is best known for his Food Network shows, such as the Emmy-nominated Hot Off the Grill with Bobby Flay. He launched many restaurants, such as the Las Vegas-based Mesa Grill and 19 outlets of Bobby's Burger Palace. He has also taught at the French Culinary Institute.

 2 Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain.
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Famous As: Chef, Author, T.V. Personality
Birthdate: June 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City
Died: June 8, 2018

Anthony Bourdain was an American celebrity chef. He was also a renowned author, media personality and travel documentarian. His shows about the exploration of international culture and cuisine were very popular. Apart from writing several books on food and cooking and travel explorations, Bourdain also wrote fiction and historical non-fiction. In June 8, 2018, he died by suicide in France.

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 3 Julia Child

Julia Child.
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: August 15, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pasadena, California
Died: August 13, 2004
Julia Child gained fame with her culinary show The French Chef and her cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She also founded The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and Culinary Arts. She received several Emmys and the Peabody Award for her work, and had a rose named after her.

 4 Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver.
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Famous As: Chef and Restaurateur
Birthdate: May 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Clavering, U.K.

Jamie Oliver is an English restaurateur and chef who gained international recognition after appearing on popular TV shows, such as Jamie's Kitchen and The Naked Chef. In 2005, his Feed Me Better campaign helped introduce several children to healthier foods. He also established a charity restaurant called Fifteen, which employs disadvantaged young people.

 5 Guy Fieri

Guy Fieri.
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Famous As: Restaurateur, Cookbook Author
Birthdate: January 22, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States

Primarily a restaurateur, Guy Fieri is a testimony to the fact that any professional can become famous if they are passionate enough in doing what they do best. From being a restaurateur, he went on to become a TV personality, hosting shows for Food Network channel. By mid-2010, he had become the face of the network.

 6 Emeril Lagasse

Emeril Lagasse.
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Famous As: Chef, Restaurateur
Birthdate: October 15, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fall River, Massachusetts
Celebrity chef Emeril Lagassé is known for his signature New New Orleans style of cooking and his catchphrases such as “Bam!” He owns several restaurants, has written many cookbooks, owns a non-profit for underprivileged children, and has also hosted Food Network shows such as Essence of Emeril and Emeril Live.

 7 Wolfgang Puck

Wolfgang Puck.
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Famous As: Chef, Restaurateur
Birthdate: July 8, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sankt Veit an der Glan, Austria

Wolfgang Puck is an Austrian-American restaurateur. In 1973, Puck moved to the US and opened a restaurant named Spago in 1982. He then established himself as a respected restaurateur by opening several other restaurants. In 2013, he was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame. Also an actor, Puck has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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 8 Curtis Stone

Curtis Stone.
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: November 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne

Curtis Stone is an Australian celebrity chef, TV personality, and author. One of the proteges of Marco Pierre White, Curtis Stone is best known for appearing in several popular cooking shows, including Saturday Kitchen, Take Home Chef, and MasterChef Australia. Also known for his humanitarian efforts, Stone works closely with a domestic hunger-relief charity called Feeding America.

 9 Ayesha Curry

Ayesha Curry.
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Famous As: Celebrity Chef & Cookbook Author
Birthdate: March 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Ayesha Curry initially played guest roles in various series and films. She later gained fame with the Food Network culinary show Ayesha's Homemade and her YouTube channel, Little Lights of Mine. She has authored a cookbook and owns an olive oil brand. She is married to NBA star Stephen Curry. 

 10 Alton Brown

Alton Brown.
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Famous As: TV Personality, Celebrity Chef, Author
Birthdate: July 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Alton Brown soared to fame as the creator of the Food Network culinary show Good Eats. He has also hosted shows such as Iron Chef America and Feasting on Asphalt. He has authored several bestselling cookbooks. He also created two culinary shows on YouTube during the COVID-19 lockdown.

 11 Thomas Keller

Thomas Keller.
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Famous As: American Chef & Restaurateur
Birthdate: October 14, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, California, United States

 12 Dom DeLuise

Dom DeLuise
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died: May 4, 2009

 13 Katie Lee

Katie Lee
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Famous As: Cook, Author, journalist
Birthdate: September 14, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Huntington

 14 Jill St. John

Jill St. John.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 19, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Jill St. John is an American actress best known for portraying the first American Bond girl Tiffany Case in the 1971 film Diamonds Are Forever. Jill St. John is also credited with founding the Aunts Club, a group of women who provide financial support for children.

 15 Auguste Escoffier

Auguste Escoffier
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: October 28, 1846
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Villeneuve-Loubet, France
Died: February 12, 1935

 16 Sandra Lee

Sandra Lee
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Famous As: chef
Birthdate: July 3, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Los Angeles

 17 Alice Waters

Alice Waters
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Famous As: Chef, Author
Birthdate: April 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chatham Borough

 18 Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern
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Famous As: Television presenter, Writer
Birthdate: July 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City

 19 Anne Burrell

Anne Burrell
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: September 21, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cazenovia

 20 James Martin

James Martin
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Famous As: cook
Birthdate: June 30, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Malton

British chef James Martin initially gained fame with shows such as Ready Steady Cook and later hosted Saturday Kitchen for a decade. Apart from launching several restaurants, including a Michelin-starred one, he has also written food columns. He is an avid racing enthusiast and teaches at a cookery school, too.

 21 Duff Goldman

Duff Goldman
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: December 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Detroit

 22 Kelis

Kelis
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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Chef
Birthdate: August 21, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City

 23 Gesine Bullock-Prado

Gesine Bullock-Prado
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Famous As: Chef, Lawyer
Birthdate: March 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

 24 Cat Cora

Cat Cora
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: April 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jackson

 25 James Beard

James Beard
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Famous As: Chef, Non-fiction writer
Birthdate: May 5, 1903
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Portland
Died: January 21, 1985

 26 Marcus Samuelsson

Marcus Samuelsson.
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: January 25, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Addis Ababa

Ethiopian Swedish chef and restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson currently works as the head chef of Red Rooster in Harlem, New York. Fascinated by his grandmother’s cooking, he studied at the Culinary Institute in Göteborg to learn the nuances of food preparation. In the ensuing years, he gained recognition as a world-class chef. He is also an award-winning cookbook author.

 27 Michael Paré

Michael Paré.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 9, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York

 28 Carla Hall

Carla Hall
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: May 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nashville

 29 Aarón Sanchez

Aarón Sanchez
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: February 12, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: El Paso

 30 Rick Bayless

Rick Bayless
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Famous As: Chef, Restaurateur
Birthdate: November 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oklahoma City

 31 Keith Floyd

Keith Floyd
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Famous As: Television producer, Chef, Author, Autobiographer
Birthdate: December 28, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Reading
Died: September 14, 2009

Celebrity chef Keith Floyd was known for his signature style of presenting, his impeccable dress sense, and his love for red wine. After quitting his initial military career, he took up petty jobs in bars and restaurants, and eventually made it big as a chef on BBC cookery shows.

 32 Christine Ha

Christine Ha
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Birthdate: May 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles County

 33 Gary Mehigan

Gary Mehigan
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Famous As: Cook
Birthdate: February 12, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hayling Island

Born in England, Gary Mehigan, celebrated chef and restaurateur, received his initial training in prominent London hotels before moving to Melbourne, Australia. After heading several well-known restaurants there, he opened his own establishment and currently co-owns The Boathouse, located in Moonee Ponds. Concurrently, he can also be seen on televisions productions like MasterChef Australia and Far Flung with Gary Mehigan.

 34 Charlie Trotter

Charlie Trotter
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Famous As: Restaurateur, Chef
Birthdate: September 8, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wilmette
Died: November 5, 2013

 35 Delia Smith

Delia Smith
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Famous As: Chef, Broadcaster, Cookery writer
Birthdate: June 18, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Woking

Delia Smith is an English TV presenter and cook best known for teaching the basic skills involved in cooking through her books and TV shows. One of the most popular celebrity chefs in England, Smith is widely regarded as an influential personality in the culinary world. She has also contributed as a columnist for major publications like the Evening Standard.

 36 Damaris Phillips

Damaris Phillips
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: December 8, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fayette County

 37 Richard Blais

Richard Blais
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: February 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Uniondale

 38 Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall
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Famous As: Author, Television presenter, Celebrity chef
Birthdate: January 14, 1965
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hampstead

Best known for hosting the River Cottage television series, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is a well-known television personality, journalist, writer and chef. At first, he mulled about a career in wildlife conservation; but later switched to cooking, beginning his career as sous-chef de cuisine. Eventually he expanded his area of operation, hosting television productions, writing books, campaigning on food and environmental issues.

 39 George Calombaris

George Calombaris
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: October 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Melbourne

 40 Paul Prudhomme

Paul Prudhomme
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Famous As: Chef, Restaurateur, Non-fiction writer, Businessperson
Birthdate: July 13, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Opelousas
Died: October 8, 2015

 41 Fanny Cradock

Fanny Cradock
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Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: February 26, 1909
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Leytonstone
Died: December 27, 1994

Famous for dressing up in ballgowns and wearing heavy make-up while cooking up exotic dishes, celebrity chef Fanny Cradock initially co-wrote cookbooks and food columns with her husband Johnnie Cradock. She had married four times, and had committed bigamy twice. She was known for her signature husky voice and dramatic style.

 42 Michael Voltaggio

Michael Voltaggio
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: September 29, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Frederick

 43 Tom Colicchio

Tom Colicchio
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Famous As: Restaurateur, Chef
Birthdate: August 15, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Elizabeth

 44 Manu Feildel

Manu Feildel
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Famous As: chef
Birthdate: 1974 AD
Birthplace: France

 45 Tyler Florence

Tyler Florence
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: March 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Greenville

 46 Scott Conant

Scott Conant
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: February 19, 1971
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Waterbury

 47 Ming Tsai

Ming Tsai
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Famous As: Restaurateur, Squash player, Actor
Birthdate: March 29, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newport Beach

 48 Graham Kerr

Graham Kerr
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: January 22, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London

 49 Simon Rimmer

Simon Rimmer
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: May 5, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wallasey

Simon Rimmer is an English celebrity chef and TV presenter best known for co-presenting the popular TV program Something for the Weekend along with Timothy Paul Lovejoy. Simon Rimmer has also appeared on other popular shows, such as This Morning and The Gadget Show.

 50 Rocco DiSpirito

Rocco DiSpirito
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Famous As: Restaurateur
Birthdate: November 19, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jamaica