Chefs

Chefs are a part of one of the largest industries in the world, without whose presence the food industry would cease to exist. They are highly-skilled certified cooks, who are well-versed in all the facets of food planning and execution. Traditionally, chefs go through laborious training and have to be extremely passionate when it comes to their profession. Before ascending to the position of head chef, they originally start out as ‘sous-chefs’ or apprentices in the kitchen and slowly progress to executive chef and finally, head chef. One of the oldest documented professional chefs in the world was Guillaume Tirel, who was fondly known as ‘Taillevent’. From then on, there has been an explosion in the number of chefs around the world, all working towards making the food industry bigger, from their respective homelands and while specializing in diverse cuisines. From Adriano Zumbo to Nigella Lawson and Luke Thomas to Sanjeev Kapoor, there is no dearth of chefs around the world who are all working towards a common aim with their signature white jackets and white hats—to promote the joy of cooking and serving others while consistently working towards building a bigger and a more passionate world for food. Here is a compilation of biographies of some of the most famous chefs. To learn more fascinating facts and details about them, read their biographies that include trivia, interesting facts, timeline and life history.

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 1 Gordon Ramsay

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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: November 8, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British, Scottish

A celebrated chef and restaurateur, British national Gordon Ramsay is also a writer and television personality. His TV shows about competitive cookery and food is quite popular. The Restaurant Gordon Ramsay, in Chelsea, is his signature restaurant. Known for his bluntness, short temper and strict manner, Ramsay has historically expressed a dislike for vegetarianism and veganism.

 2 Paul Hollywood

Paul Hollywood
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: March 1, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

 3 Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain
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Famous As: Chef, Author, T.V. Personality
Birthdate: June 25, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
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.

 4 Prue Leith

Prue Leith
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Famous As: Restaurateur
Birthdate: February 18, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: South African

 5 Marcela Valladolid

Marcela Valladolid
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: July 19, 1978
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Chef Marcela Valladolid was the host of the Food Network television series Mexican Made Easy. A graduate of the Los Angeles Culinary Institute, she is also a classically trained pastry chef. She started her own catering company and soon began hosting cookery shows on TV. She has also authored several cookbooks.

 6 Giada De Laurentiis

Giada De Laurentiis
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Famous As: Chef, TV personality, Writer
Birthdate: August 22, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian, American

Giada De Laurentiis is an Italian-American chef, restaurateur, television personality, and writer. She won the Gracie Award under the Best Television Host category for hosting Giada at Home. The founder of a catering business called GDL Foods, Giada De Laurentiis has been an influential figure in the American culinary business over the last few years.

 7 Guy Fieri

Guy Fieri
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Famous As: Restaurateur, Cookbook Author
Birthdate: January 22, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

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.

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 8 Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver
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Famous As: Chef and Restaurateur
Birthdate: May 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

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.

 9 Sandra Lee

Sandra Lee
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Famous As: chef
Birthdate: July 3, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 10 Salt Bae

Salt Bae
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Famous As: Restaurateur
Birthdate: August 9, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Turkish

 11 Julia Child

Julia Child
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: August 15, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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.

 12 Trisha Yearwood

Trisha Yearwood
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 19, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Trisha Yearwood is an American recording artist, television personality, actress, author, and celebrity chef. She is credited with releasing several chart-busting albums that have sold millions of copies worldwide. Also known for her philanthropic activities Trisha Yearwood has been supporting Habitat for Humanity, a charity home building group, for many years now.

 13 Bobby Flay

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Famous As: American chef
Birthdate: December 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
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.

 14 Nadiya Hussain

Nadiya Hussain
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: December 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 15 Marco Pierre White

Marco Pierre White
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: December 11, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
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.

 16 Jill St. John

Jill St. John
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 19, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

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.

 17 Dom DeLuise

Dom DeLuise
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: May 4, 2009

 18 Action Bronson

Action Bronson
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 2, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 19 Ina Garten

Ina Garten
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Famous As: Chef, Writer
Birthdate: February 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 20 Katie Lee

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

 21 Mario Batali

Mario Batali
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Famous As: Restaurateur
Birthdate: September 19, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 22 Rachael Ray

Rachael Ray
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Famous As: TV Personality, Celebrity Cook, Author
Birthdate: August 25, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 23 Alton Brown

Alton Brown
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Famous As: TV Personality, Celebrity Chef, Author
Birthdate: July 30, 1962
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 24 Ayesha Curry

Ayesha Curry
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Famous As: Celebrity Chef & Cookbook Author
Birthdate: March 23, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Canadian, American

 25 Jacques Pepin

Jacques Pepin
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: December 18, 1935
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: French

 26 Ainsley Harriott

Ainsley Harriott
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: February 28, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

 27 Bruno Kirby

Bruno Kirby
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 28, 1949
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: August 14, 2006

 28 Alex Guarnaschelli

Alex Guarnaschelli
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: June 20, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 29 Joe Bastianich

Joe Bastianich
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Famous As: Restaurateur
Birthdate: September 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 30 Buddy Valastro

Buddy Valastro
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Famous As: Chef, Reality TV Personality
Birthdate: March 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 31 Geoffrey Zakarian

Geoffrey Zakarian
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: July 25, 1959
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 32 Lisa Faulkner

Lisa Faulkner
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

 33 Emeril Lagasse

Emeril Lagasse
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Famous As: Chef, Restaurateur
Birthdate: October 15, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 34 John Torode

John Torode
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Famous As: Celebrity chef
Birthdate: July 23, 1965
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Australian, British

 35 Rick Stein

Rick Stein
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: January 4, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

 36 Carla Hall

Carla Hall
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: May 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 37 James Martin

James Martin
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Famous As: cook
Birthdate: June 30, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 38 Lidia Bastianich

Lidia Bastianich
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: February 21, 1947
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Italian, American

 39 Gesine Bullock-Prado

Gesine Bullock-Prado
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Famous As: Chef, Lawyer
Birthdate: March 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 40 Heston Blumenthal

Heston Blumenthal
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: May 27, 1966
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

 41 Kelis

Kelis
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Famous As: Singer, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Chef
Birthdate: August 21, 1979
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 42 Wolfgang Puck

Wolfgang Puck
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Famous As: Chef, Restaurateur
Birthdate: July 8, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Austrian

 43 Marcus Samuelsson

Marcus Samuelsson
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: January 25, 1970
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Ethiopian

 44 Duff Goldman

Duff Goldman
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: December 17, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 45 Paul Wahlberg

Paul Wahlberg
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Famous As: Chef & Reality TV Star
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: American

 46 Christina Tosi

Christina Tosi
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: November 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 47 Rachel Khoo

Rachel Khoo
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Famous As: Cook
Birthdate: August 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 48 Christine Ha

Christine Ha
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Birthdate: May 9, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 49 Antoni Porowski

Antoni Porowski
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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: March 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian

 50 Eddie Huang

Eddie Huang
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 1, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
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