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 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.

 2 Bobby Flay

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.

 3 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.

 4 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.

 5 Paul Hollywood

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

 6 Rachael Ray

Rachael Ray
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Famous As: TV Personality, Celebrity Cook, Author
Birthdate: August 25, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Celebrity chef Rachael Ray is best known for her Food Network show 30 Minute Meals. She also made waves with her talk show Rachael Ray and her culinary shows such as Rachael Ray's Tasty Travels. She has also authored several cookbooks and launched the magazine Every Day with Rachael Ray.

 7 Robert Irvine

Robert Irvine
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: September 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
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 8 Ayesha Curry

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

 9 Alton Brown

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

 10 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.

 11 Mario Batali

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

Mario Batali is an American chef, restaurateur, writer, and media personality. He started hogging the limelight after appearing on some of Food Network's shows, such as Iron Chef America and Molto Mario. Also a well-known philanthropist and social activist, Batali established the Mario Batali Foundation in 2008, which funds pediatric disease research and various children's educational programs.

 12 Emeril Lagasse

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

 13 Joe Bastianich

Joe Bastianich
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Famous As: Restaurateur
Birthdate: September 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Restaurateur and winemaker Joe Bastianich co-owns 30 restaurants across four countries, with his mother, Lidia Bastianich. His ventures include the Michelin-star-rated Babbo and the Pizzeria brand of eateries in Los Angeles. He has been a judge on the MasterChef franchise and has also authored several cookbooks and a bestselling autobiography.

 14 Ainsley Harriott

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

Ainsley Harriott is an English television presenter, chef, and entertainer. He is known for presenting popular cooking shows, such as Ready Steady Cook and Can't Cook, Won't Cook. A multi-talented personality, Ainsley Harriott is also a best-selling author whose books have sold more than two million copies worldwide.  He is also known for his singing and comedy skills.

 15 Anne Burrell

Anne Burrell
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: September 21, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 16 Buddy Valastro

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

Baker Buddy Valastro, who owns Buddy V's Ristorante and Carlo's Bakery, gained fame as a reality star with his show Cake Boss. He has also appeared on shows such as Kitchen Boss, Buddy's Bakery Rescue, and Next Great Baker. He suffered a brutal hand injury in 2020.

 17 Chris Fischer

Chris Fischer
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: August 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 18 Duff Goldman

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

 19 Cat Cora

Cat Cora
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: April 3, 1967
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 20 Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern
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Famous As: Television presenter, Writer
Birthdate: July 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 21 Jacques Pepin

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

 22 Christina Tosi

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

 23 Aarón Sanchez

Aarón Sanchez
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: February 12, 1976
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 24 Lisa Faulkner

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

 25 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.

 26 Masaharu Morimoto

Masaharu Morimoto
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Famous As: Chefs
Birthdate: May 26, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Japanese

 27 Michael Symon

Michael Symon
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: September 19, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 28 Curtis Stone

Curtis Stone
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: November 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Australian

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.

 29 Rachel Khoo

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

 30 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.

 31 Marcus Samuelsson

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

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.

 32 Antoni Porowski

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

Antoni Porowski is a Polish-Canadian TV personality, actor, author, and chef. He served as the food and wine expert in the Netflix series Queer Eye. He is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. He is a self-taught cook. He was named the Sexiest Reality Star on People's annual list in 2019.

 33 Rick Bayless

Rick Bayless
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Famous As: Chef, Restaurateur
Birthdate: November 23, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 34 Joël Robuchon

Joël Robuchon
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: April 7, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: French
Died: August 6, 2018

 35 Lidia Bastianich

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

Lidia Bastianich is an Italian-American television host, celebrity chef, restaurateur, and author. She owns many restaurants in the US, including one in Manhattan. Bastianich is the recipient of several awards and honors, including a couple of Lifetime Achievement Awards. Also a philanthropist, Lidia Bastianich supports various non-profit organizations, such as the Columbus Citizens Foundation, which aims at promoting Italian-American heritage.

 36 Jiro Ono

Jiro Ono
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: October 27, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Japanese

Jiro Ono, the star chef of Japan, is known as a sushi master. His exclusive Tokyo-based restaurant Sukiyabashi Jiro has only 10 seats, leaving some people on the wait-list for 2 years before they can dine there. He inspired the Netflix documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

 37 Gesine Bullock-Prado

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

 38 Eddie Jackson

Eddie Jackson
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: December 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 39 Christine Ha

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

 40 Jacques Torres

Jacques Torres
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: June 14, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Algerian

 41 Richard Blais

Richard Blais
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: February 19, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 42 Lorraine Pascale

Lorraine Pascale
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Famous As: Television cook
Birthdate: November 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

 43 Jose Andres

Jose Andres
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: July 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Spanish

 44 John Torode

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

 45 Rick Stein

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

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.

 46 Heston Blumenthal

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

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.

 47 Ming Tsai

Ming Tsai
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Famous As: Restaurateur, Squash player, Actor
Birthdate: March 29, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 48 James Martin

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

 49 Paul Prudhomme

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

 50 Scott Conant

Scott Conant
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: February 19, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
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