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Consider Yourself a Foodie? These Top Chefs Should Be On Your Radar

Believe it or not, fame and quality do not always go hand in hand. While big names like Gordon Ramsey and Jamie Oliver get all the mainstream glory, top chefs like Thomas Keller and Wolfgang Puck work behind the scenes to tempt diners with gastronomical masterpieces that will satiate even the most discerning tummies. Here are some of the best chef’s from around the world who proudly don their chef’s hat to put their culinary skills to good use.

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Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain is the executive chef at Brasserie Les Halles in New York and has been serving up tasty dishes for many years. He started his career 20 years ago as a dishwasher and progressed to become a line chef, sous chef, and finally the respected chef he is today. Bourdain clearly has a passion for food and has reached and explored every milestone one can experiment with food. He has released a cookbook titled Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, has hosted cookery shows and even has his own blog.

Thomas Keller

While many chefs learn the art of cooking, some are simply born with it. That’s what happened to restaurateur and American chef Thomas Keller, who, with no formal cooking training, has become one of the top chefs in the world. He is the owner of the French Laundry in Napa Valley and the recipient of the ‘Best Californian Chef’ in 1997. Two of Keller’s restaurants have received three-star ratings in the Michelin guide for New York, which is an honour in itself. But it is pleasing his customers that Keller really enjoys and if you can’t see yourself in Napa Valley anytime soon, you can always pick up one of his many cookbooks.

Mark Kropczynski 

Mark is the Executive Chef at The US Grant, a luxury hotel in San Diego, California. The hotel’s AAA Four Diamond restaurant The Grant Grill is where this world-class chef whips up some of his most delectable dishes. Kropczynski started cooking from the tender age of 15 and has since travelled all over the world to tantalise the tastebuds of his international fan base. This talented chef has received plenty of professional recognition, including being awarded ‘Chef of the Fest’ at the San Diego Bay Wine & Food Festival and was the Chef Works Chef of the Month in January 2017, among others.

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Paul Bucose

Named the ‘Father of Culinary Art’ in France, Paul Bucose has been cooking up a storm for several years. He was an ambassador of contemporary French cuisine and was affiliated with Nouvelle Cuisine. Bucose may be the reigning king of cuisine in France by he is hard at work training the next generation of top chefs in the world. In fact, he was even awarded the Chef of the Century and Leadership title for his work.

Charlie Trotter

He may have majored in Political Science, but it is in the kitchen where Charles Trotter truly excels. In case his name sounds familiar, Trotter is a renowned restaurateur, chef, author and founder of ‘The MasterChef’ cooking show. Since he discovered his passion for food, Trotter has released 14 cookbooks and three management books, making him one of the most celebrated author-chefs around. His work with the Charlie Trotter Culinary Education Organisation earned him the honourable Humanitarian of the Year award by IACP in 2005.

Wolfgang Puck

Wolfgang Puck is an Austrian chef that has changed the American cooking industry in a big way by incorporating elements of French, Asian and Californian techniques into everyday cuisine. Puck was trained from childhood by cooking with his mother and is now one of the most renowned chefs in the world. In addition to being a culinary genius, Puck is also a cookbook writer, restaurateur, businessman and has even catered for the prestigious Academy Awards Governor Ball.

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