Many professions around the world award individuals who succeed more than their peers, the Grammys award the best musicians, the Oscars award the best actors, and the Michelin Star awards the best restaurant, but in this instance, the best chef.
While the Michelin Star technically awards restaurants that excel within the culinary world, the credit is mostly given to the executive chef who’s responsible for designing and executing the menus, as well as their culinary team. Below are the chefs who have earned the most Michelin Stars through their culinary careers.
Understand Michelin Star Rating Descriptions
1 Star: Means the restaurant is very good within its category.
2 Stars: Means the restaurant has excellent cooking that’s worth a visit.
3 Stars: Means the restaurant offers exceptional cuisine that is worth a special traveling journey.
Joël Robuchon: 32 Michelin Stars
Joël Robuchon was a late French chef who many consider as the best chef of the modern age. He has a whopping 32 Michelin Stars that spread across three different continents. Robuchon opened his first ever restaurant Jamin, in Paris when he was 36 years old.
In the same year he opened it, he received his first Michelin Star which is rare for a new restaurant. For 3 consecutive years, Jamin was awarded with Michelin Stars. Robuchon retired at the age of 50 in 1995 but in 2003, he opened two restaurants in Paris and Tokyo and over the next 10 years, dominated the culinary world to earn more Michelin Stars.
Alain Ducasse: 21 Michelin Stars
Alain Ducasse grew up in the farms of France and managed to climb his way up to the acclaimed kitchens throughout the country. He took over La Terrasse at the Hotel Juana in his mid-20s which was soon awarded with Michelin Stars. Ducasse opened restaurants that featured haute cuisine and won numerous Michelin Stars along the way.
He opened a culinary school in 1999 known as École Ducasse in Paris. He is the head of more than 30 restaurants where his staff always gains great exposure from working within these high-performing restaurants.
Gordon Ramsay: 17 Michelin Stars
Gordon Ramsay is an eccentric Scottish chef that is best known for appearing on popular cooking shows such as Kitchen Nightmares, Masterchef and Hell’s Kitchen. His large and boisterous personality has managed to make him one of the most popular chefs in the world. Besides his culinary TV career, Ramsay is an incredible chef with the Michelin Stars to prove his abilities. Throughout his careers, he has earned 17 Michelin Stars, his first being awarded to him in 2001 when his namesake restaurant earned three.
Pierre Gagnaire: 14 Michelin Stars
Pierre Gagnaire is a French chef known for putting a modern spin on traditional French cuisine that have become some of the best dishes in the modern fusion cuisine movement. He’s as popular with foodies as a Sri Lanka casino site is with gamblers looking for great games.
Gagnaire opened his first ever restaurant in 1992 and it soon managed to earn him three Michelin Stars throughout its operations. Since then, the chef opened other restaurants which have over the years earned him a total of 14 Michelin Stars in his culinary career.