THE WORLD’S MOST DECORATED MICHELIN STAR CHEFS
Reblogged By Mir Niaz Morshed
There are a good deal of chefs famous for their achievements, but only a thimbleful can lay claim to international recognition. We suggest you read about them, for they are widely considered the true innovators of new culinary thought, masters of consistency, and worthy leaders of their respective empires.
While Robuchon is currently decorated with 25 stars, his record number bought him up to 28 at one point. A dip he may be experiencing, but the chef’s empire is set to expand, while he, a year shy of his 70th birthday, is eyeing up a bigger tally for the future.
Robuchon, widely known as the ‘Chef of the Century’, is one of the pioneers of molecular gastronomy, though during his later career he focused on more traditional cooking techniques. He’s also famous for his plate-throwing, having launched one piece of dish-ware in the direction of Gordon Ramsay, who Robuchon had mentored before Ramsay threw in the kitchen towel.
In 1998, Alain Ducasse was the first chef to ever collect 6 Michelin stars. 15 years later, that record is a distant memory, with Ducasse’s current number up to 21.
Michelin star chefs didn’t get to where they are without having an unerring attention to detail. Ducasse is particularly well known for his, possessing an obsession with the finer points in just about anything, whether it’s in the kitchen or not. Spoons, butter dishes, tablecloths, font the menu is written with – even curtain rods won’t escape the man’s scrupulousness. Despite the praise Ducasse receives for his details, they often go unnoticed with many of his guests. After all, if you’re paying £190 per head and are oblivious to the fact you’re wiping your mouth with the city’s most expensive napkin, one might see why.
If Robuchon has been, technically speaking, Chef of the Century, Ramsay has been the most famous, blaspheming his way onto television screens in just about every part of the English-speaking world. The restaurants under his name have amassed a total of 16 Michelin stars, but the current total stands at 7.
Perhaps it’s a shame Ramsay receives more attention for his short fuse than he does his food, especially when he’s achieved so much his fellow chefs can’t – remarkably, his flagship restaurant in Chelsea has held three Michelin stars for almost 15 years. Not one to ever be too far out of the headlines, Ramsay famously broke down in tears after his New York restaurant went from two star status to no star status.
The Michelin guide might not be the ultimate honor in the US, but Keller has gone about setting a fine example, as he’s the only American chef to hold all six out of his total seven stars simultaneously.
Keller’s three star establishment French Laundry celebrated its 20-year anniversary last year, and was on two occasions deemed the best restaurant on the planet. He’s a chef who’s widely celebrated in America, and has made a good name for himself in France, but his culinary empire doesn’t look like it’s soon to expand. ‘You know,’ he told Huffington Post, ‘I’m 57 years old and I can’t stay in the kitchen forever.’
Heston has been one of the UK’s most popular chefs, though some might even go as far as calling him a national treasure. He currently holds six Michelin stars while the restaurant that claims three of them, The Fat Duck, was briefly thought the best restaurant in the world.
Blumenthal’s successful career is for the large part thanks to his unique (bizarre, some say) techniques in the kitchen. Despite his inventive ways often questioned by the more conservative chefs, it would be unfair to say his efforts have not contributed to the refinement of British cuisine. The man himself has even recently gone on record to say British gastronomy is in the best shape ever.
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