20 Chefs Who Have Changed the Way We Eat Forever

These superstar chefs have changed the food industry for the better with their innovative recipes, game-changing techniques and memorable personalities.

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A portrait of the American chef Julia Child (1912 - 2004) shows her standing with a cut of meat in her kitchen, late 20th century. (Photo by Bachrach/Getty Images)
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Julia Child

Julia Child is arguably one of the most well-known chefs in modern history, credited with introducing Americans to the art of French cuisine with her two-part cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking, released in 1961. She went on to write a variety of other cookbooks and star in several TV shows, including The French Chef.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 16: Host Anthony Bourdain attends the panel discussion for "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" during the Discovery Networks' Travel Channel presentation at the 2005 Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 16, 2005 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
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Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain was more than just a chef—he was a world-renowned traveller and storyteller. Bourdain changed the way the world eats with valuable lessons about finding local restaurants while travelling, the value of home cooking and not ordering fish on Mondays.

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 10: Ina Garten attends the 2015 Forbes Women's Summit: Transforming The Rules Of Engagement at Pier 60 on June 10, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Daniel Zuchnik/WireImage)
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Ina Garten

She started out her career as a nuclear budget analyst for the White House, but Ina Garten is now a household name thanks to her many cookbooks and Food Network show Barefoot Contessa. She’s known for her delicious, uncomplicated recipes, and Garten is a trove of useful cooking tips for both beginners and seasoned home chefs.

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 01: Martha Stewart attends the New York Restoration Project's Spring Picnic at Morris-Jumel Mansion on June 1, 2016. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images)
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Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart does it all—cooking, gardening, entertaining, DIY crafts and decorating—and she’s contributed so much to the modern cooking scene, including tried-and-true recipes for classic dishes like chocolate chip cookies, roasted vegetables and more. No matter what you’re looking to make, chances are Martha Stewart has a recipe or even a whole cookbook dedicated to it.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 08: Alton Brown attends A Night With The Stars of Food Network at 79 Crosby Street on May 8, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Jude Domski/WireImage)
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Alton Brown

The Food Network wouldn’t be complete without Alton Brown, who’s been involved with the channel for more than two decades. Brown’s signature show, Good Eats, uses a combination of classroom methods and silly sketches to explain how to create the perfect dish, encouraging people to think about the science involved in cooking.

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MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 21: Chef Duff Goldman prepares food at Fun and Fit as a Family sponsored by Carnival featuring Goya Kidz Kitchen during the 2015 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival presented by FOOD & WINE at Jungle Island on February 21, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images For SOBEWFF)
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Duff Goldman

If you love baking, you know exactly who Duff Goldman is. The owner of Charm City Cakes in Baltimore and the star of Ace of Cakes, Goldman takes a creative approach to baking, pushing the boundaries of conventional cake making. Plus, who can resist his warm, welcoming personality?

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LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 26: Chrissy Teigen signs copies of her new book "Cravings: Hungry For More" on September 26, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/Getty Images)
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Chrissy Teigen

While perhaps best known as a swimsuit model, Chrissy Teigen launched a second act in her career as a cookbook author, releasing the two uber-popular Cravings books. Her recipes are accompanied by hilarious anecdotes from her life and helpful cooking tips, and she’s known for putting out-of-the-box twists on classic dishes.

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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 10: Television personality and chef Bobby Flay arrives at Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit's Grand Tasting event at Caesars Palace on May 10, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Vegas Uncork'd by Bon Appetit)
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Bobby Flay

If you’re a fan of traditional Southwestern and Mediterranean food, Bobby Flay has paved the way for these styles of cuisine. After winning Iron Chef, Flay made his mark on the food scene with restaurants across the United States, and a variety of popular TV shows, including Boy Meets Grill.

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SIENA, ITALY - JULY 05: Scottish chef Gordon Ramsay holds a cooking class at the Castel Monastero Resort on July 5, 2012 in Castel Monastero - Siena, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
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Gordon Ramsay

While most people’s perceptions of Gordon Ramsay are based on his cutthroat personality and fiery temper, there’s no denying that he’s a talented chef. His signature dish, beef Wellington, is the perfect entree for a special occasion or holiday.

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 17: Rachael Ray attends Food Network's 20th birthday celebration at Pier 92 on October 17, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
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Rachael Ray

Rachael Ray’s warm, energetic, down-to-earth personality is magnetic, and her approachable recipes are something we can all appreciate. She came onto the scene with her 30-Minute Meals series, and today, her franchise includes her daytime talk show, as well as several product lines, including cookware, home decor, pet food and more.

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Wolfgang Puck

With dozens of restaurants and bistros around the world—including his flagship restaurant, Spago—Wolfgang Puck has certainly made his mark on the food industry. He introduced the world to gourmet pizzas topped with smoked salmon and caviar. His entrepreneurial spirit helped build an empire. Today, you’ll find Puck’s name on everything from cookware to canned soup.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MARCH 06: Chef Emeril Lagasse announces new restaurant aboard Carnival Cruise Line's Mardi Gras Ship on March 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)
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Emeril Lagasse

Kick it up a notch! In addition to his fun catchphrases, Emeril Lagasse is known for his love of Cajun and Creole cuisine, as well as his own “New New Orleans” style. His cooking show, Emeril Live, ran for more than a decade, and today, you can enjoy his signature food at his restaurants around the United States.

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James Beard

Often called the Dean of American Cookery, James Beard is the namesake of the James Beard Foundation, a culinary arts organization that presents coveted annual awards to chefs, restaurateurs, authors and journalists. In his day, Beard hosted the first-ever TV cooking show, paving the way for all of today’s popular celebrity chefs.

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NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 06: Ree Drummond attends The Pioneer Woman Magazine Celebration with Ree Drummond at The Mason Jar on June 6, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images for The Pioneer Woman Magazine)
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Ree Drummond

Whether you’re looking for meal prep tips or potluck recipes, Ree Drummond has your back. Known as “The Pioneer Woman” thanks to her blog and, later, TV show, Drummond creates hearty farmhouse foods for the whole family, and she also has a line of bright, floral-decorated kitchenware.

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 16: Jamie Oliver broadcasts a live cooking class from City Hall to school children across the globe as part of the third annual Food Revolution Day on May 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)
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Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver, the star of The Naked Chef, is known for his straightforward, approachable recipes. In addition to gracing the world with his deliciously simple meals, Oliver also made an impact with his campaign to improve children’s eating habits and school lunch systems.

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American chef and restaurateur Alice Waters at work in the kitchen of her restaurant, Chez Panisse, Berkeley, California, 1982. (Photo by Susan Wood/Getty Images)
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Alice Waters

California cuisine. Slow eating. Farm-to-table. Whatever you want to call it, we wouldn’t have this wonderful food trend today without chef Alice Waters. Waters opened her restaurant Chez Panisse in 1971, becoming one of the first eateries to source organic ingredients from local farmers and producers.

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 13: Chef Giada De Laurentiis attends Food Network & Cooking Channel New York City Wine & Food Festival Presented by Capital One Grand Tasting presented by ShopRite featuring Culinary Demonstrations presented by Capital One at Pier 94 on October 13, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
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Giada De Laurentiis

If there’s one chef who’s shaped how we make modern Italian cuisine, it’s Giada De Laurentiis. This Food Network star specializes in making classic Italian dishes more accessible to home cooks, often tweaking recipes to make them more health-conscious.

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LAS VEGAS, NV - APRIL 04: Chef and television personality Guy Fieri holds hamburgers in the kitchen during a welcome event for Guy Fieri's Vegas Kitchen & Bar at The Quad Resort & Casino on April 4, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The restaurant opens on April 17. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for Caesars Entertainment)
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Guy Fieri

Guy Fieri’s iconic show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, continues to shine a light on amazing family-owned eateries around the world. Fieri doesn’t shy away from bold flavours or greasy grub, and he’s inspired many to discover the great food being served at their local dives.

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 14: Chloe Coscarelli attends Variety presents Broadway Tastes hosted by David Burtka and Neil Patrick Harris Capital One Cardholder Exclusive at Union West Events on October 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
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Chloe Coscarelli

Chloe Coscarelli has been at the forefront of the vegan movement, becoming the first vegan to win a culinary competition on television and launching the plant-based restaurant chain By Chloe. To date, she’s released several cookbooks of vegan recipes that are fun and full of flavour.

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 12: Alex Guarnaschelli attends Food Network and Cooking Channel New York City Wine and Food Festival presented by Capital One, a dinner with Alex Guarnaschelli and Zak Stern, part of The Bank Of America Dinner Series presented by The Wall Street Journal at Bank of America Building on October 12, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Chance Yeh/Getty Images for NYCWFF)
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Alex Guarnaschelli

If you tune into the Food Network, you’ll regularly see chef Alex Guarnaschelli pop up on your screen. Guarnaschelli is passionate about American ingredients and green-market menus, and she’s currently the executive chef at Butter restaurant in New York.

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