The greatest chefs

There’s no denying the UK’s culinary talent on the global stage. We’re lucky enough – here in Britain – to play host to some of the most famous chefs in the world. Happily, these top chefs also run their restaurants on our shores, helping to make Britain a deliciously diverse dining epicentre.

Gordon Ramsay

Holder of seven Michelin stars currently, and having been awarded 16 overall throughout his career, Gordon Ramsay is undeniably one of the UK’s finest chefs.

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Michel Roux

Part of a dynasty of chefs who have without a doubt influenced modern gastronomy in a way few others can boast, Albert Roux’s life is a fascinating tale from beginning to end. Here’s everything you need to know about the celebrity chef.

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Jamie Oliver

We’re going to take a (pretty safe) punt and say Jamie Oliver may well be the UK's most famous chef.

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Jason Atherton

From humble beginnings, Jason Atherton has since gone on to achieve phenomenal success in his career.

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Monica Galetti

Samoan-born New Zealand chef Monica Galetti has spent ten years working on MasterChef: The Professionals and is known for giving frank and honest feedback to contestants. She is also the proprietor of Mere and has written two cookbooks.

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Aktar Islam

Aktar Islam is a chef renowned for combining authentic Indian recipes with modern techniques and the finest British produce, to create innovative dishes. To this day he owns the only Indian restaurant in the UK outside of London to hold a Michelin star.

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Angela Hartnett

One of Britain's most prestigious chefs and holder of a Michelin star, Angela Hartnett will be a familiar face to many due to her numerous appearances on a variety of TV cookery shows.

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Anna Haugh

Dublin-born chef Anna Haugh has worked in some of London’s top kitchens over the years and more recently has successfully opened her debut restaurant, establishing herself as a force to be reckoned with in the industry.

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Asma Khan

Asma Khan is an Indian-born British chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author. She owns and operates Darjeeling Express restaurant in London's Covent Garden and was profiled on the sixth season of hit Netflix show Chef's Table

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Clare Smyth

Clare Smyth may not hog the headlines or television limelight, but she’s one of the most recognisable names in the restaurant industry and a trailblazer for gender equality in professional kitchens.

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Erchen Chang

Erchen Chang has made a name for herself on London’s food scene, acting as head chef for cult restaurant group Bao and Taiwanese restaurant Xu.

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Gill Meller

Chef, food stylist and author Gill Meller has been Head Chef of River Cottage HQ for many years and has been working with the team there for more than a decade.

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Helene Darroze

Helene Darroze may be a French chef, but she has cemented herself into UK dining history with her two Michelin star eponymous restaurant at The Connaught hotel in Mayfair

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Heston Blumenthal

If you’ve made your way here, we’re guessing you already know who Heston Blumenthal is, but do you know details of the infamous chef’s life? Well known for his playful food and outspoken opinions, Heston is somewhat of a British icon, and here’s everything you need to know about him.

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James Cochran

Former Head Chef at The Ledbury and a contestant in 2018’s series of Great British menu, James Cochran now heads up 1251 restaurant in Islington.

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Juliet Sear

Baking expert, tv chef and food stylist Juliet Sear is a regular guest on ITV's This Morning. She is a best selling author and has baked for a host of celebrities including Prince Harry, Alexa Chung and many more.

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Lorna McNee

Lorna McNee is a Scottish chef who heads up Michelin-starred Glasgow restaurant Cail Bruich. She also was a winner of popular televised cooking competition Great British Menu in 2019.

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Marcus Wareing

Recognise Marcus from MasterChef? Here's everything you need to know about the celebrity chef.

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Michael Caines

Michael Caines is one of the UK’s most celebrated and respected chefs, currently overseeing hotel and restaurant Lympstone Manor in Exmouth.

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Michel Roux Jr.

Part of perhaps the most famous family of chefs in the history of UK restaurants, Michel Roux Jr followed in the footsteps of his father and uncle to become one of the most esteemed names in the business.

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Nathan Outlaw

Regarded as one of the finest, if not the best, seafood chefs in the whole of Britain, Nathan Outlaw is renowned for working with the finest produce and treating it with the upmost care.

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Nieves Barragán Mohacho

Nieves Barragán Mohacho is a Spanish chef who held a Michelin star when she ran the kitchen at Barrafina. She has since achieved further critical acclaim with her debut solo restaurant Sabor, which opened in the autumn of 2017.

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Nigella Lawson

Nigella Lawson hardly needs an introduction, but if we were pushed to provide one we’d say she is the ultimate indulgent cook who brought a whole new style of sex appeal to food TV with her flirtatious manner.

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Pip Lacey

Having decided to become a chef aged 27 after leaving a graphic design job, Pip Lacey has demonstrated that there's no such thing as being too late to the game in the restaurant industry, and now owns her own London restaurant.

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Ravinder Bhogal

Ravinder Bhogal is an award-winning British chef and food writer, best known for her debut restaurant Jikoni in Marylebone. Bhogal has also appeared on several television shows and has released two cookbooks

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Rick Stein

It might surprise you to know that Rick Stein’s name isn’t actually Rick. We cover that and more in our complete guide to the celebrity chef who instilled a love of Cornish cooking in us all.

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Ruth Hansom

For someone so young, it is remarkable how much Ruth Hansom has already achieved as a chef having worked at The Ritz when it achieved its first Michelin star, as well as making it to the 2020 Great British Menu final.

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Ruth Rogers

There are few restaurants more iconic than The River Café in London, and at its head is Ruth Rogers who set out to build a canteen of sorts yet ended up with one of the world’s best eateries. Here’s everything you need to know about the Michelin chef and her journey to the top.

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Sat Bains

Known for being outspoken and opinionated, Sat Bains is also revered as being one of the UK’s most talented chefs. Here we cover everything you need to know about this cooking maestro.

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Selin Kiazim

Chef Selin Kiazim is known for her unique style of cooking, combining traditional Turkish-Cypriot flavours with modern techniques. As well as owning and running her London restaurant Oklava, she also makes regular TV appearances, winning Great British Menu in 2017.

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Shauna Froydenlund

Shauna Froydenlund is a Northern Irish chef who oversees the kitchen at Michelin-starred Marcus at The Berkeley in Belgravia

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Skye Gyngell

Skye Gyngell famously quit Petersham Nurseries Cafe after helping it to achieve a Michelin star, and these days she runs the critically acclaimed Spring in Covent Garden

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Tom Brown

Chef Tom Brown operates the much-lauded seafood restaurant Cornerstone in Hackney Wick. He was also a contestant on BBC’s Great British Menu in 2017.

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Tom Kerridge

Best known for his three Marlow gastropubs, Tom Kerridge is arguably the nation's most loved chef.

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Vivek Singh

With humble beginnings, Vivek Singh has created a mini restaurant empire in London, which has since expanded outside of the capital.

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Alex Head

Having founded catering company Social Pantry, who employ a number of ex-offenders, Alex Head is a chef and businesswoman who has gone above and beyond simply opening a restaurant.

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Explore the best chefs

Coming up with a list of the most famous celebrity chefs in the UK isn’t too hard a job thanks to a handful of obvious choices. There’s Gordon Ramsay of course (the proud owner of no less than seven Michelin stars), and there’s also Jamie Oliver, whose prolific and popular writing has resulted in 23 bestselling books and an estimated fortune of over £200 million pounds. We could go on to include famous faces such as Angela Hartnett, Marcus Wareing, Heston Blumenthal and more... But you get the point.

What, then, of the lesser-known celebrity cooks? It might sound like an oxymoron, but we wanted our list of famous UK chefs to also reflect some of the most exciting new talent on the scene at the moment, people who might not yet be huge household names, but hold gravitas within ‘in the know’ circles.

On combining these two genres of UK celebrity chefs we think we’ve come up with the ultimate list of people to have on your radar if you’re a self-confessed foodie. Included on the individual profiles of our chosen famous chefs you’ll find a useful summary which explains their background and experience in some detail. Additionally, among other things we detail where you can find them on social media, any cookbooks they’ve written and list out their restaurants – so you can add their eateries to your to do list should you wish so.

Finally, our celebrity chef new section keeps you in the loop with all the latest news from these famous faces. We cover new restaurant openings, popular foodie TV shows, family news and more.

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Celebrity chefs

The success of television series such as Masterchef, Great British Bake Off and Great British Menu show that we love watching both amateur and professional chefs at work. These programs have been a great way to showcase some of the UK’s best up and coming chefs, as well as a peek into the restaurants of more established celebrity chefs.

British chefs

We are lucky to have a host of magnificent chefs here in Britain and you can find out even more about them by exploring some of our chef profile pages. Find how to book into their latest restaurants, hunt down their favourite recipes and explore everything you ever wanted to know about your favourite British chef.