Famous Chefs

An old French axiom states, "Measure the girth of the chef and you can rate his restaurant". However it is the passion and knowledge of the chef that can perhaps determine his expertise. This article will give you information about the culinary gods or famous chefs and what sets them apart from the rest of the crowd.
| Saturday, December 13, 2008
Francois Minot said, "Anybody can make you enjoy the first bite of a dish, but only a real chef can make you enjoy the last." Some individuals have attained excellence in the field of cooking. The knowledge of food, the preparation, the flavors used and the presentation are all factors that make the truly great chefs stand out from the crowd. Some chefs are well trained in the top culinary schools while others are entirely self taught. The one thing common amongst the truly great and famous chefs is their desire for perfection and their willingness to continuously reinvent themselves so that they can conjure up food that is a gastronomic delight.

Some of the greatest and the most admired famous chefs in the world include:

Antoine Careme
He is regarded as the father of high art French cooking.  Among the most famous French chefs, Antoine Careme was abandoned as a child and went on to be regarded as the "King of Chefs and Chef of Kings." He was responsible for taking high art French cooking to the royalty in the 19th century and served as the chef to Kings and diplomats.  He also wrote the masterful book "The Art of French Cooking."

George Auguste Escoffier
Escoffier was responsible for simplifying Careme's recipes and modernizing them to suit the palate of the 20th century. He worked as a chef and opened the Carlton and Ritz hotels that impressed many illustrious patrons. He was also author of many cooking manuals and was known for his cleanliness.

Charles Ranhofer
He was the son of a restaurant owner and perhaps had culinary passion in his blood. He was responsible for bringing the French delicacies and cuisine to the United States. He was the head chef of the famous "Delmonico" restaurant in New York.  His book "Epicurean" is also widely regarded as one of the best complete treatises.

John Ash
This chef from Northern California is known for his wine country cuisine and is recognized the world over as an author and an educator. One of the most famous American chefs, he is known for such offerings as Chocolate Truffle Trot and Cream Almond Fresh Oysters.

Antonio Carluccio
Antonio started an Italian food shop in Covent Garden in 1991. Since then he has become one of the most famous Italian chefs and is known for such delicacies as "Cavatelli with Mussels." He has also written a book titled "Southern Italian Feast" that has many of his famous recipes.

Lucas Ndlovu
Lucas is regarded as one of the best South African chefs and has been honored through International Chaine de Rotisseurs. He is known for such fascinating dishes as paper thin ostrich carpaccio, honey and celery and roast quail with bacon rolls. He is also known for sharing his dishes with underprivileged children.

Julia Child
The cooking industry seems to be largely dominated by male chefs. However Julia Child is a notable exception and one of the most famous female chefs. This incredibly gifted woman took to cooking at the age of 34. She studied at the Cordon Bleu school and later on co-authored the successful book "Mastering the Art of French Cooking." She was one of first celebrity chefs and she participated in many television programs and wrote numerous newspaper and magazine articles.

Ferran Adria Acosta
Born in 1962 this Spanish chef has achieved phenomenal success and is currently regarded as one of the best chefs in the world. He started as a dish washer and eventually joined the ranks of a line cook in "El Bulli" restaurant. Eventually he became the head chef in the same restaurant and currently he is one of the top chefs as per the European Restaurant Ranking. He is known for his unconventional and unexpected contrasts in temperature, flavors and textures.

Pierre Gagnaire
This iconoclastic chef is among the most famous chefs in the world and is known for his fusion movement. He is the head chef at the "Pierre Gagnaire" restaurant and is known for using unconventional flavors, textures and ingredients in French cooking. He is respected by many chefs all over the world and his restaurant is also considered as the best in France.

Pierre Herme
This pastry chef has been crowned as the "Picasso of Pastry" and started his career as an apprentice under Gaston Lenotre. He is known for revolutionizing traditions in pastry making. He uses sugar as a form of seasoning so as to heighten and bring out other shades of the flavors.

Gordon Ramsay
Among the most famous chefs in the world, Gordon Ramsay is not only known for his cooking skills but also his fiery temper. He is currently ranked third in the world with respect to Michelin Stars which are widely regarded as one of the ultimate parameters of excellence in the cooking arena. Following the success of his TV series Hell's Kitchen, Gordon Ramsay has become one of the most famous TV chefs.

Joel Robuchon
This French chef was given the title of the "Chef of the Century" by Gault Millau guide. He has written several cookbooks in French and has also hosted a famous culinary television program in France. He handles many restaurants all over the world and has received the most Michelin stars among all the chefs in the world.

Alain Ducasse
Ducasse is a famous chef who heads the "Louis XV" restaurant in the city of Monaco. He also works in Paris with the "Plaza Athenee". He is one of the most respected chefs in the world and in 2007 he took up the position of Chef for the "Jules Verne" restaurant which is located in Paris.

Mario Batali
Mario Batali is known for his Italian cooking. His use of the freshest and highest quality ingredients has allowed him to display his immense prowess in Italian cooking and that has made him one of the most famous chefs in the world. Initially Batali worked as dishwasher and moved on to cook pizza. Later he shifted to a tiny Italian village of "Borgo Capanne" to learn the nuances of cooking Italian food.

Bobby Flay
Born in New York, Bobby displayed his prodigious cooking talent by the age of 17. He worked for some time with the "Joe Allen Restaurant". The owner of the restaurant impressed with Flay's talent funded his culinary education. Bobby Flay is known for his impeccable style and use of interesting ingredients in his Southwestern cuisine.

Emeril John Lagasse
Emeril is one of the most famous chefs in the world today and he learned classic French cuisine in Paris. Emeril works at his flagship restaurant named Emeril's restaurant and following its success has opened eight other dining establishments and his restaurants have won his more than 40 awards.

Jamie Oliver
Jamie Oliver was born in England and displayed precocious talent by the age of 11 when he was expertly cutting vegetables in Julienne style. After an apprenticeship in France he worked as a pastry chef at "The Neal Street Restaurant". Then he took over as a chef of the "River Cafe". He got international fame following the success of his show "The Naked Chef".

Fernand Point
Fernand Point is widely regarded as one of the greatest chefs of all times and has been crowned the "Father of Novelle Cuisine". He established the "Restaurant de la Pyramide" when he was just 26. He was a mentor to such fabulous and famous chefs as Alain Chapel, Francoise Bise and Paul Bocuse among others.

James Beard
He is regarded as the "Father of American Gastronomy" and started the "James Beard School" for cooking in the year 1955. He also wrote many cook books and manuals and also taught at his school for around 30 years.
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