Any chef who is serious about his food career aims for the Michelin star. Every chef will race to get his three Michelin stars. The Michelin star is awarded to those restaurants that meet the guidelines of the Michelin, French guide to fine dining. The Michelin Guide is the ultimate guide for restaurants to meet the best of the best standards. Earning or losing a star is said to make a massive impact on the success of a restaurant. These chefs have earned at least one Michelin star and their food and restaurants are definitely worth the star and maybe more.
1. Gordon Ramsay
No list of chefs is complete without this legendary chef. He is known for his ruthless and extreme temperament and is a celebrity in the food industry. Everybody, even newcomers to the world of food, knows who Gordon Ramsay is. His restaurant “Restaurant Gordon Ramsay” in Chelsea holds three Michelin stars. He has appeared in various culinary shows, the most popular of which are – “Hell’s Kitchen”, “Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmare” and “MasterChef USA”.
2. Curtis Duffy
He is the owner and chef of “Grace” a fine dining restaurant, which is just over two years old, in Chicago that has won three Michelin stars, and nominated for two James Beard Awards (Best Chef Midwest and Outstanding Restaurant Design). The chef has had a documentary made on his life and career. He was inspired to become a chef at 14 by a teacher in his home economics class.
3. Alain Ducasse
Alain Ducasse is known as the first chef who earned three Michelin stars at restaurants in three different cities. He owns many restaurants over the world which includes the “Alain Ducasee at the Dorchester” which won three Michelin stars. He was in the 2015 list of the Michelin’s 50 best restaurants in Europe and Ireland.
4. Rene Redzpei
Rene is a Danish chef and owner of the Noma restaurant in Denmark, winner of many awards and accolades. He is known for the work he did for reinventing a new Nordic cuisine. The restaurant won two Michelin stars and his restaurant is in the 2015 top 50 Restaurants of Europe and Ireland.
5. Massimo Bottura
Massimo is the chef of three Michelin star restaurant Osteria Francescana in Italy. Influenced by his mother and grandmother’s cooking, Massimo was studying law when he put it on hold to buy and renovate an Italian restaurant. This was the foundation of his culinary skills and today his restaurant is listed in Michelin’s Top 50 restaurants of Europe and Ireland of 2015.
Honorary mention: Marco Pierre White
Marco Pierre White, “the Godfather of modern cuisine”, is known for his culinary talents and also in the cooking world as “the chef who made Gordon Ramsay cry”. He was the youngest chef to receive 3 Michelin stars. He gave up his Michelin stars so that he could have more involvement in his personal life. He is one of the judges in the show “MasterChef Australia” and all budding chefs look up to him as a role model.