The Top 10 Famous British/English Celebrity Chefs

Updated on July 10, 2018

10. Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver – also known as the ‘Naked Chef’, Jamie Oliver is a very popular television celebrity known for cooking and absolutely nothing with being nude. He didn’t even agree with the title of the show, but it has made him very popular. He has been in many other shows on television including Jamie’s Kitchen, Jamie’s Kitchen Australia, Jamie’s School Dinners, and more.

Oliver is one of the most recognizable of chefs today, especially has his new television programs, such as the Emmy Award Winning show, Jamie's Food Revolution on ABC in the United States. He has also done numerous specials including Jamie's Fowl Dinners and Eat to Save Your Life. The chef's television programs have broadcast in the UK, the USA, South Africa, Australia, Brazil, Japan and Iceland. His books have been translated into 30 languages. His more recent claim to fame is the book Jamie's 30 Minute Meals. It sold a million copies in the UK and has been one of the fastest selling non fiction books of all time.

He was won numerous awards too, including the Emmy Award for the Best Reality Series, the TED Prize, the Observer Food Monthly Food Personality of the Year award, and the IACAP cook book award.

Jamie Oliver

Rick Stein

9. Rick Stein

Rick Stein – this British chef specialises in fish and owns four different restaurants, a café, a seafood restaurant, bistro, and a patisserie shop. He also has a cookery school. He has become a popular figure on television with the BBC on the Rick Stein’s Taste of the Sea, Fruits of the Sea, and more.

Stein is the owner and head chef at Rick Stein in Bannisters located in Mollymock, New South Wales in Australia. He also owns restaurants in Padstow, Flamouth, Cornwall and other locations. He has more than 11 cookery books to his name. He grew up in Oxfordshire and attended Uppingham School and later went to New College, Oxford. He opened his first business in 1974, which is still one of his restaurant locations.

This chef is well loved and respected for his unique culinary talents. You will find his name is well known throughout the world. He has won awards for his skills. His restaurants have won the RAC Sunday Times Taste of Britian Best Restaurant Award in 1984 and the AA Award English Seafood Restaurant of the Year in 2002. He also was featured in the Hotel and Restaurant Magazine Seafood Restaurant of the year in 1998, 1999, 2000. 2001 and 2003.

He himself has won numerous awards including the CaterSearch 100 14th Most Influential Chef in the UK in 2005. He won the Cornwall Tourist Award for outstanding service to Cornwall 2002 and the Glenfiddich Trophy in 2001.

Keith Floyd

8. Keith Floyd

Keith Floyd who died in September 2009 was a well known chef that started out in the 70s owning restaurants that would soon crumble and close the doors. He wrote a book called Floyd’s Food prior to becoming a personality people would remember as a chef. He was also known as a radio personality or radio chef in Bristol and then he forged into the spotlight on television as a television chef. His financial problems continued until about 2008 when he took on a new venture restaurant called Floyd’s Brasserie in Phuket. He also owned a bar called Koh Samui in Thailand. Keith Floyd travelled around the world to perform cooking shows and even be featured on children’s television series.

Nigella Lawson

7. Nigella Lawson

Nigella Lawson is known as a cooking writer but has always had a passion for cooking. She has written several books about cooking including, How to Eat, How to be a Domestic Goddess and others. The Sunday Telegraph has dubbed her work as valuable. She even won the Author of the Year for the British Book Awards in 2001. She has hosted her own cooking shows on television known as Nigella Bites and she had almost 2 million viewers around the United States. Some critics said she was far too sexy and flirtatious. Channel 4 gave her a second show called Forever Summer with Nigella, which focused on a concept of cooking making you feel like you were constantly on a vacation or holiday. Nigella Lawson is a very successful television personality known today as a favourite chef.

James Martin

6. James Martin

James Martin is a celebrity chef that has appeared on many programmes such as James Martin: Yorkshire’s Finest, Ready Steady Cook, Stately Suppers, Comfort Food, Can You Cook It, and many more. He is well known in Britain for being one of the finest chefs. He has also held specials for children in need. He has released appliances for cooking, the range brand of Premium Appliances and even assisted with designing other brands like Bigblue Product Design. He has a range of cookware on the market. James Martin has been on television since 1996 and known as a chef, ballroom dancer, and has a passion for fast race cars.

Anthony Worral-Thompson

5. Anthony Worral-Thompson

Anthony Worral-Thompson started as a Sous chef at Brinkley’s Restaurant and in less than a year he became the head chef. This is one of the most famous chefs today known as a celebrity. He has worked for many notable restaurants such as Wiz and Woz, Ménage a Trois, Old Luxters Barn, and more. He owns a holding company AWT Restaurants. He owns the Windsor Grill, the Kew Grill, and the Windsor Larder. He has made many television appearances on Saturday Cooks, Saturday Kitchen, I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!, and more. Anthony Worral-Thompson has won many awards in the kitchen also, including the Mouton Roghschild and the Meilleur Ouvrier de Grande Bretagne.

Delia Smith

4. Delia Smith

Delia Smith wears many hats including a top chef, an author, and a television personality. She started her career as a hairdresser at 16 but changed into cooking at the age of 21. She took a job as a cooking writer for the Daily Mirror’s magazine, for editor Michael Wynn-Jones. She wrote for 12 years about cooking and famous chefs around the world. She has made television appearances in Family Far and soon became a resident cook on the BBC. She has been on television teaching people how to cook for many years; covering the most common and classic techniques. She even published a book entitled, ‘How to Cheat at Cooking’. In 2008, Delia Smith signed a contract with the BBC for a six part series to cook. Some of her dishes include Martelli pasta and a famous mashed potato.

Gordon Ramsay

3. Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay is well known around the world as the meanest chef and also for hosting the reality show ‘Hell’s Kitchen’. He has also been known as a restaurant consultant helping restaurant owners flip their failure into success. Gordon Ramsay is well known as one of the top chefs, if not the best for his cuisines. He has won a total of 16 Michelin Stars and held three stars at the same time. He is ranked third if judged by Michelin stars, currently being beaten by Alain Ducasse and Joel Robuchon. He is well known for competitive cooking shows and for his flaring temper. Gordon Ramsay is certainly not afraid to tell someone what he thinks, which is where he gets most of his respect.

Marco Pierre-White

2. Marco Pierre-White

This English chef started with a Harvey’s restaurant in Wandsworth Common, London. This is a very large restaurant. Maco Pierre-White earned a Michelin star award almost as soon as the doors opened and a second award the following year. He won a third Michelin star award working in the dining room at the Restaurant Marco Pierre White. Gordon Ramsey has been an employee of his along with other famous chefs like Bryn Williams and Jason Atherton. He is known to personally cook a side of chips when patrons would ask for some with their lunch rather than serve a bag of crisps. Marco Pierre-White is known to have a major temper but to be an amazing chef.

Heston Blumenthal

1. Heston Blumenthal

Heston Blumenthal is a self taught chef has been seriously cooking for almost 20 years. He has published many books on cooking including ‘A new approach to cooking, The big fat duck cookbook’ and more. His primary focus of cooking is in British Cuisine. Discovery Science featured a television series called Kitchen Chemistry with Heston Blumenthal, with seven different episodes of how to cook many favoured dishes. He has signed a two year contract with Channel 4 and we are sure to see quite a bit more of him.

What's his story? When he was just 16 years old, his family visited a 3 star restaurant  in Provence. The beautiful surrounding and the excellent food really captured his heart. Since that time, he has taken the world of cooking by storm.

Before becoming what we know of him today, this self taught chef worked as a photocopier salesman, a debt collector and other things while he worked to improve his skills in French cuisine. He worked hard to perfect his skills and then spent two weeks traveling through France to find the true culture of the cuisine.

After years of studying, and more than two years of searching, he bought a 450 year old pub in Bray in 1995. It took a lot of hard work to get the location into shape. Once open, he got some good reviews. The restaurant was called The Fat Duck. It earned the Michelin star. In 2000 the location was closed and refurbished and featured multi course tasting menus when it reopened its doors.

In 2005, he produced shows for a Kitchen Chemistry with Heston Blumenthal. More than 6000 schools in the UK and Ireland received companies of it. Heston Blumenthal: In Search of Perfection was a BBC series on him. In 2008, he signed on to a two year deal with Channel 4 that put him in the line up with other chef personalities including Jamie Oliver, Gordon Ramsay and many others. In A new show, called Heston's Mission Impossible began airing in February of 2011. 

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      • BarefootFoodie profile image

        BarefootFoodie 

        6 years ago from Northern Illinois, USA

        Very interesting! I tried watching Nigella Lawson's show a few times, but felt the camera shots weren't very well done. Loved her dishes, not the filming.

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        jasper 

        6 years ago

        Marco Pierre White is not French, just to clarify an earlier comment. He was born in England and his mother is italian. Good list though, but not including Fergus Henderson is the only glaring error in my opinion.

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        john 

        6 years ago

        Blumenthal and Ramsay are way overrated. I've eaten at Petrus and at Dinner by Blumenthal. Good food but nothing special in both cases. For the most part, pretentious and overcomplicated. Instead I ate a Robuchon's Atelier, and the food was excellent, and while being quite elaborate, the ingredients really spoke for themselves.

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        Karl 

        7 years ago

        That is a good list. I think Gordon Ramsay is a scream. I guess you either love him or hate him.

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        Anna Johnston 

        7 years ago from Canberra, Australia

        Awesome Hub! Would have put em in a different order, but defo a great line up. :)

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        Gabriel 

        7 years ago

        How can you fail to mention the Two Fat Ladies?!

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        johnshade 

        7 years ago from Pandora

        nice hub

        i thought i will mention nigella is not a chef she's a cook

        but she's hot lol

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        Riviera Rose 

        8 years ago from South of France

        Great hub, but no sign of my absolute favourite, Nigel Slater?! He's the one I turn to again and again, while my Gordeon Ramsay book goes unused...way too daunting!!

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        Chris Warren 

        8 years ago

        Marco Pierre-White is not French. He was born in Yorkshire and has an English father and an Italian mother.

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        dragonbear 

        8 years ago from Essex UK

        Delia... a goddess! Nigella - voluptuous, like her food! Gordon Ramsay - well what can one say!

        We do have some of the best chefs in the world in the UK, great top 10!

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        Delaney Boling 

        8 years ago

        That would have been my list too (although Marco Pierre-White is French...). Very nice hub though. I may just have to do one on West Coast Chefs. We have our share across the pond here in wine country!

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        Fred Jack 

        8 years ago

        I like british chefs they are sexy!!!Pr

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        Cultured Commoner 

        8 years ago from Fair Old England

        interesting Hub, wouldn't have been my order.. these are more TV personalites that Chefs, although Ramsay and Blumenthal definitely deserve their place. good hub though, thanks

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        Eileen Kersey 

        9 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

        All good chefs. Cant stand Gordon Ramsay though and not that keen on Marco Pierre-White either. Still to each his own. Interesting hub.

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        Julie-Ann Amos 

        9 years ago from Gloucestershire, UK

        I was tempted...

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        eonsaway 

        9 years ago from New Mexico, USA

        Where are the naked "naked chef" photos?

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