Famous British Restaurateurs

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 1 Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver
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.

 2 Marco Pierre White

Marco Pierre White
Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: December 11, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Leeds, United Kingdom
Marco Pierre White is known as the world’s first celebrity chef and became the youngest and the first British chef to win three Michelin stars. He has trained chefs Gordon Ramsay and Mario Batali, and has appeared on culinary shows such as Hell's Kitchen and Marco Pierre White's Kitchen Wars.

 3 Heston Blumenthal

Heston Blumenthal
Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: May 27, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Shepherd's Bush, London, England, United Kingdom

Heston Blumenthal is a British celebrity chef whose unusual recipes, such as Scotch eggs and triple-cooked chips have been widely imitated. He is considered a pioneer of multi-sensory cooking and his scientific approach to cooking has earned him honorary degrees from several universities. In 2004, he won the prestigious Chef Award, joining the likes of Phil Howard and Gordon Ramsay.

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 4 Rick Stein

Rick Stein
Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: January 4, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Churchill, Oxfordshire, England

Celebrity chef Rick Stein has managed the U.K.’s Stein Hotel and Restaurant with his first wife, Jill Stein. He later became the head chef and co-owner of Rick Stein at Bannisters in Australia, with his second wife, Sarah. He has authored cookbooks and presented culinary shows such as Seafood Odyssey.

 5 Sarah Willingham

Sarah Willingham
Famous As: Restaurateur, Businessperson
Birthdate: December 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stoke-on-Trent

It is believed Sarah Willingham had begun working in the hospitality industry at age 13. Apart from managing the popular restaurants Planet Hollywood and Pizza Express, she also manages a huge portfolio that includes The Bombay Bicycle Club and The London Cocktail Club. She has also been part of Dragons' Den.

 6 John Torode

John Torode
Famous As: Celebrity chef
Birthdate: July 23, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Australian celebrity chef and restaurateur John Torode initially worked at the U.K.-based Conran Group's restaurants. He is also known for his appearances on shows such as This Morning and the revival of MasterChef in 2005. He owned the Luxe and Smiths of Smithfield and has also authored several cookbooks.

 7 Gary Rhodes

Gary Rhodes
Famous As: Restaurateur
Birthdate: April 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: November 26, 2019

Best known for his appearances on shows such as MasterChef and Hell's Kitchen, Gary Rhodes later also launched his own series, Rhodes Around Britain. He owned several restaurants in the UK and the Middle East. The celebrity chef shocked everyone with his untimely death at age 59 due to brain hemorrhage.

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 8 Mandy Rice-Davies

Mandy Rice-Davies
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: October 1, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales
Died: December 18, 2014

Mandy Rice-Davies was a British model and a showgirl, best remembered for her involvement in the Profumo affair that damaged the credibility of Harold Macmillan's Conservative government in early 1960s. Later, she opened a restaurant and a nightclub in Tel Aviv and publishing three books including her autobiography. She also appeared in a number of films and television productions.  

 9 Gary Mehigan

Gary Mehigan
Famous As: Chef, Restaurateur
Birthdate: February 12, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hayling Island, Hampshire, England

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.

 10 Terence Conran

Terence Conran
Famous As: Designer
Birthdate: October 4, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kingston upon Thames, England

Best known as the founder of the Design Museum in London, British designer and restaurateur Terence Conran had begun a furniture studio while still a student. He later launched popular interior and furniture design firms such as the Conran Design Group and Habitat. He has also penned several books.

 11 Alan Yau

Alan Yau
Famous As: Restaurateur and founder of Wagamama chain
Birthdate: November 11, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sha Tau Kok, Hong Kong

Alan Yau is a British-Chinese restaurateur whose culinary work earned him the Outstanding Achievement in the Arts award at the 2019 Asian Awards. Yau is credited with founding the Wagamama restaurant chain. He is also credited with founding several ventures like Hakkasan and Yauatcha which were awarded a Michelin Star in 2003 and 2005, respectively.

 12 John Vincent

John Vincent
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London , England

One of the co-founders of the chain of health-oriented fast-food eateries, Leon Restaurants, John Vincent has also penned seven cookbooks. He has also launched the School Food Plan, which has improved the diet of millions of students. He has chaired the Council for Sustainable Business, too.

 13 Rose Gray

Rose Gray
Famous As: Chef and cookery writer
Birthdate: January 28, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bedford, England
Died: February 28, 2010

Chef and cookbook author Rose Gray is best known for co-founding the Michelin-starred The River Café in London, with Ruth Rogers, her long-time collaborator, and for her series The Italian Kitchen. Before starting her cooking venture, she taught fine arts at a school. She had also opened a furniture business.

 14 Egon Ronay

Egon Ronay
Famous As: Food Critic
Birthdate: July 24, 1915
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: June 12, 2010

Born in Hungary, gourmet food critic Egon Ronay is best remembered for his guide books on British and Irish restaurants. The son of a restaurateur, he was part of the Hungarian Army and later moved to England. His Egon Ronay's Guide to British Eateries sold 30,000 copies and revolutionized food writing.