The Top 20 Chef Kings (Oops, 1 Queen)

Gordon Ramsay rules the roost, in more ways than one
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2009 6:41 AM CDT
Mario Batali (No. 8) clowns around with Emeril Lagasse (No.7) and Charlie Trottter (No. 17) at the Palazzo Las Vegas, where No. 3 Wolfgang Puck also has a restaurant, January 17, 2008.   (AP Photo/The Palazzo Las Vegas, Bob Riha, Jr.)
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(Newser) – The phenomenon of the celebrity chef is well past the saturation point, but the restaurants, cookbooks, kitchen gadgets, and personal appearances keep coming. Presiding over the largest international empire is British pottymouth-cum-culinary genius Gordon Ramsay, according to a new list by New York's Grub Street blog. The Grub Street formula for sizing up empires somehow omits the omnipresent Rachael Ray—Lidia Bastianich is the only woman in the top 20—but includes other Food Network faves. The top five:

  • Gordon Ramsay
  • Alain Ducasse
  • Wolfgang Puck
  • Joël Robuchon
  • Nobu Matsuhisa
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