Top 10 Chefs in the World 2009

Who are the top 10 chefs in the world in 2009? The answer is a matter of opinion and subjectivity. Different culinary publications will offer varying lists of their choices and of course there are the coveted Michelin stars that are awarded to the best restaurants where the great chefs practice their art. But there are a few names that keep popping up on list after list of the top 10 chefs in the world in 2009.

  1. Ferran Adria – Few can dispute the claim that this experimental culinary genius heads the top 10 chefs of 2009 list. He also happens to own the world's best and most exclusive restaurant in the world: El Bulli in Spain. He began his career as a dishwasher and a cook in the military so he has paid his dues to earn this spot. He can delight your palette with freeze-dried foie gras or almond ice cream laced with garlic and balsamic vinegar.  He has become the master of molecular gastronomy–science meets food–where he seeks to amaze and confuse your taste buds but all in the most delightful way.

  2. Paul Bocuse – Chef Bocuse is the quintessential French Chef.  Even though he was born in 1926 and is getting up there in age, he will still show up as one of the best chefs of all time. Chef Bocuse comes from a long line of generation after generation of accomplished great chefs.

  3. Joel Robuchon – Chef Robuchon was given the high honor of Chef of the Century by the restaurant guide Gault Millau. This authentic French chef also has bragging rights for the world's most consistently rated excellent restaurants and the most Michelin stars.

  4. Gordon Ramsey – He may just be a loud-mouthed celebrity chef to some, but you have to give the man credit for holding the second most Michelin star restaurants in the world. Chef Ramsey opened his first restaurant named "Gordon Ramsey" in 2001 and it did not take long for it to earn the top honor of three Michelin stars.

  5. Alain Ducasse – Another thoroughly French chef who is the only chef who has ever simultaneously carried three different cities with three Michelin star restaurants. Ducasse credits fresh produce as the star of any meal he has ever created and modestly declares that his talents and techniques play only a small part.

  6. Thomas Keller – Chef Keller is one of the few American chefs–although his style is French cooking–who consistently shines through an industry dominated by other countries.  His former titles include Best Chef in America and a special award in 2009 for being a leader in the conservation of seafood.

  7. Wolfgang Puck – Everyone knows his name and he deserves a seat of honor as one of the top 10 chefs of 2009. Wolfgang has not only won many awards for being a great chef but an Emmy Award as well. He was born in Austria and began his formal training at the tender age of 14. Spago’s is his most renowned restaurant where you can get the most delicious individual apple pie you ever eaten.

  8. José Andrés – Owner of Washington D.C.'s Cafe Atlantico, Jaleo and the delightful experience of his minibar by José Andrés. Andrés is also a protege of Ferran Adria where he learned to make innovative and odd food combinations with a unique flair. He has also won many James Beard nominations and awards earning him the title of one of the top 10 chefs in the world 2009.

  9. Dan Barber – Chef Barber won the James Beard Award for Outstanding Chef of 2009. He is the executive chef and co-owner of Blue Hill at Stone Barns in New York and Blue Hill in New York. His cooking is based on the principles of farm fresh food and healthy nutrition.

  10. Ming Tsai – Chef Ming is the culinary artist that taught the world to cook with the “east meets west” philosophy. His restaurant Blue Ginger won an IFMA’s Silver Plate Award in 2009 for its outstanding excellence in the restaurant industry. His unique blend of cuisine has earned him a spot in the top 10 chefs in the world 2009.



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