12 Celebrity Chefs Who Rule the Culinary World – You Won't Believe Who's on the List

LOS ANGELES - APRIL 26: Austrian-born American celebrity chef, restaurateur and actor Wolfgang Puck gets his Hollywood walk of fame Star at Hollywood Blvd on April 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA.

AUTHOR: Alimi Samuel

As kitchens increasingly move closer to the T.V. screens, the birth of celebrity chefs becomes inevitable. Dubbed masters of the cooking art, the new generational chefs bring the pop and the frenzy that turn meal-making into ticket-spinning showbiz. In between fancy cookbooks, expensive gold-plated steak and smoothies, and a buzzing social media presence hinged on individual personality and style, you'll find these famous names at the top of the list.

1. Gordon Ramsey

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Unarguably the biggest name in cooking showbiz, Gordon Ramsey is the most famous chef in the world. His illustrious career holds numerous awards and recognitions founded on an impressive list of popular cooking shows. If you've seen Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, or MasterChef, you've undoubtedly seen Gordon Ramsey doing his thing.

2. Guy Fieri

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Google's search result picks Guy Fieri as the second most sought-after name on the internet. Guy has an Emmy to his name and has partnered in cooking programs such as the Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and Guy's Big Bite. Rumored to own a franchise of 70 restaurants worldwide, his new deal with the cable network makes him the world's highest-paid chef.

3. Michael Caines

CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20, 2015: Sir Michael Caine attends the 'Youth' Premiere during the 68th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2015 in Cannes, France.
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England's most famous chef, Micheal Caines, is a household name in England and the U.K. He owns Lympstone Manor, a highly-rated countryside house and hotel reputable for being a world-class destination for food lovers. He has appeared on Masterchef and many other broadcasts and once cooked for the British Prime Minister.

4. Jamie Oliver

LONDON, UK - DEC 7: Jamie Oliver conducts a cooking demonstration at the Excel center in London, Friday, December 7, 2012 in London, UK
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Famous for his laid-back approach to modern cuisines, Oliver is a contentious name for the celebrity top spot. Only J.K. Rowlings surpasses Oliver as a best-selling author in the United Kingdom. Oliver is also a screen darling, having voiced the character of the health inspector in 2007's Ratatouille.

5. Bobby Flay

LOS ANGELES - JUN 2: Bobby Flay at the Bobby Flay Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony at the Hollywood Blvd on June 2, 2015 in Los Angeles, CA
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Having featured in at least 16 series on the Food Network, Bobby Flay has been around long enough not to be noticed. Bagging a degree in culinary art, Bobby has a sprawling network of restaurants in the high-brow cities of Las Vegas, New York, and Atlanta.

6. Gaida De Laurentiis

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The first woman on the famous celebrity chef list, Italian-American Giada, is by no means a small name in the world of cooking showbiz. She's been on the Food Network shows: Chefographer, Behind the Bash, and Giada's Weekend Getaway and has won three Daytime Emmy Awards.

7. Rick Stein

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A popular figure in cooking showbiz, Rick owns 12 restaurants across the U.K. and two restaurants in Australia, where he grew up. He is widely featured on BBC's cooking programs, including Taste of the Sea and Great Railway Journey.

8. Rachael Ray

HUNTINGTON, NY-DEC 4: Chef Rachael Ray signs her new book "Week In A Day" at Book Revue on December 4, 2013 in Huntington, NY.
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Ray doesn't cook just food; she seems to cook words too, as some of her catchphrases are popular with cooking fandom and have found a place in the Oxford American College Dictionary.

Phrases like "Oh my gravy!' or "yum-o" are some of her linguistic creations you may have heard or used before. She has two Emmy wins and two more nominations to her illustrious name.

9. Wolfgang Puck

LOS ANGELES - APRIL 26: Austrian-born American celebrity chef, restaurateur and actor Wolfgang Puck gets his Hollywood walk of fame Star at Hollywood Blvd on April 26, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA.
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Wolfgang's career took the big stage when he worked as a Chef at Ma Maison on Melrose Avenue in L.A. He became a popular figure with Hollywood celebrities before opening his very first restaurant Spago, later named the most iconic restaurant in Los Angeles by Zagat in 2013.

10. Art Smith

LOS ANGELES - OCT 8: Art Smith at the Autism Speaks Celebrity Chef Gala at the Barker Hanger on October 8, 2015 in Santa Monica, CA
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A Southern Cuisine top gun, Art was Oprah Winfrey's Chef between 1997 and 2007. His impressive clientele includes former governors Jeb Bush and Bob Graham, former president Barrack Obama, and the famous Swede King.

11. Matty Matheson

Napa, CA/USA: 5/26/19: Matty Matheson speaks and cooks at BottleRock. In October 2018, Matheson released his first cookbook, Matty Matheson: A Cookbook.
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A Canadian ace chef, Matty's extroverted disposition drew him into the eyes of the top guys at Vice Media, who brought him on the Munchies show to push his fame to the American audience further. Matty owns three restaurants in Toronto and Fort Erie.

12. Amaury Guichon

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Having started his culinary journey at just 13 as a bakery worker in Switzerland and France, Amaury Guichon has become one the most sought-after chef in the world less than two decades later.

In 2010 at 19, Guichon won the Apprenti de France award, a highly coveted culinary plague. When he is not in the kitchen devising a new alien meal, you can find him on Instagram dolling out an array of pastry designs and hyper-realistic chocolate sculptures that'll keep you marveling.

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