5 famous chefs in the world & their success stories

Anupama Mehra
Assistant Manager – Content
6 mins readUpdated on Apr 18, 2024 11:48 IST

Before we decide a career, we research the domain and experts to understand the career scope. In Hospitality Industry, aspirants look forward to famous chefs around the world. Read this article to know about famous chefs of all times. 

Famous Chefs all around the world

Hospitality industry is booming, and especially with Culinary Art. Moreover, with social media, the content creators bring innovative concepts for different cuisines around the world. There are TV shows, Vlogs, Blogs, and much more that showcases Culinary skills around the world. However, only a few could prosper to be known by their name in the hospitality industry. In this article, we bring famous chefs of all time, and their journey. 

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“There is no sincerer love than the love of food.”- George Bernard Shaw

Well, I do not know about you but this saying is absolutely true for a foodie like me. And considering my open admission here, a career behind the stove would have been an ideal choice for me. But alas! My skills with pans and salts are not as enhanced as my taste buds.

India as a nation has always considered it to be a given that a lady should know her way around the kitchen. However, the times are changing and there are many men around the world who are working really hard to rule the kitchen. (I hope Indian men take the hint!)

So, if you too have the inclination to learn and master the flavours and cuisines of the world, then a career as a Chef would be an ideal choice for you. And to bring a little inspiration in your life, this article talks about some famous chefs and their success stories.

Q:   Is Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration good for BA?


WGSHA is a great institution if one wants to study BA-Culinary Arts . They provide a positive environment for students to learn in and provide them with internships to give them a glimpse about what all they are required to do in the job as well as bring great well recognised people to motivate and teach students about their course . 

Q:   What is the quality of food like in the hostel mess of WGSHA Manipal?

{Source: B.A. students & alumni}

* Based on the reviews, the quality of food in the hostel mess is not explicitly mentioned.
* However, Anonymous mentions a "food court" inside the college, which suggests that food may be available in the hostel mess or another dining area.
* Anonymous, Anonymous, Anonymous mention the availability of "high-quality" or "tasty" food in the university canteen or food court, but do not specifically address the hostel mess.
* Therefore, it cannot be determined with certainty how the quality of food in the hostel mess is.

Q:   Is WGSHA Manipal approved?


Yes, Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration (WGSHA) Manipal is approved by the following bodies:

  • The National Council for Hotel Management and Catering Technology (NCHMCT): The NCHMCT is the statutory body that regulates hotel management education in India. WGSHA is a recognised institution by NCHMCT.
  • The Association of Hotel Management Schools of India (AHMSOI): The AHMSOI is a professional association of hotel management schools in India. WGSHA is a member of the AHMSOI.
  • The World Association of Chefs Societies (WACS): The WACS is a global organisation that represents chefs and culinary professionals. WGSHA is a member of the WACS.
  • The approval by these bodies ensures that WGSHA meets the high standards of education and training required for a career in the hospitality industry.

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Akis Petretzikis

Claim to fame: Winner of MasterChef Greece

Akis was brought up in Thessaloniki and by the age of 16 (years) he started working in his family business. At the age of 18 years, he left for Athens to become an Accountant. However, on arriving in the city he realised that his true calling in life was to become a Chef. So, to explore this field he enrolled to take classes at – Le Monde (School of Culinary Arts).

At the time of graduation he had two degrees, that is, he was trained as a Chef as well as an Accountant. He then chose his profession to be a Chef and went on to work at many restaurants/hotels in Greece and further went to England to learn the art of international cooking.

At present Akis Petretzikis has his own cookery show at MEGA channel. He is also a food consultant for many five star hotels/restaurants spread all across the world. He has also authored cookbooks like – Menu by Akis Petretzikis and You should try this. He has also initiated a new project called "Akis Petretzikis Kitchen Lab" which is a culinary laboratory.

Q:   Is the degree offered by WGSHA, Manipal valid?


Yes, the degree offered by WGSHA, Manipal is valid. WGSHA, Manipal is a constituent college of Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE), which is a deemed university. This means that MAHE is recognised by the University Grants Commission (UGC) and is entitled to confer degrees.

The degrees offered by WGSHA, Manipal are also recognised by the All India Council for Technical Education (AICTE). This means that the degrees are of the same standard as the degrees offered by other AICTE-approved institutions.

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Jamie Oliver

Claim to fame: First TV show – The Naked Chef and selling million copies of his book “Jamie's 30 Minute Meals

For the handsome, Jamie Oliver, cooking is in his blood. Born in Essex, Jamie’s parents ran their own pub/restaurant – The Cricketers where young Jamie used to help them in the kitchen. Always fascinated with making new sumptuous dishes, Jamie quit school at the age of 16 and joined Westminster Catering College.

His official website informs that he has had a successful stint with many television shows such as: The Naked Chef (BBC), Jamie’s Kitchen, Jamie’s Great Italian Escape, Jamie’s School Dinners, Return to School Dinners, Jamie at Home , Jamie’s Chef, Jamie’s Ministry of Food , Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals, Jamie’s 15 Minute Meal,  Jamie’s Money Saving Meals, Jamie Does, Jamie’s Great Britain. He also featured in the Emmy Award-winning show “Jamie’s Food Revolution” (on ABC). He is also credited for TV shows like Jamie’s Fowl Dinners, Jamie Saves Our Bacon, Eat to Save Your Life, and Jamie’s Fish Suppers (all for Channel 4).

In 2010, he wrote his first cookbook, Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals, which went on sell a million copies. He has written more than 20 cookbooks since then.


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Vikas Khanna

Claim to fame: Michelin star awardee for Junoon (his restaurant) and host of MasterChef India.

Born in Amritsar, Vikas Khanna is known to develop his own recipes from a very young age. Khanna often shares that it was his grandmother who became his first guide in the world of culinary arts.

A graduate from Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration, Manipal; Khanna also pursued courses at Culinary Institute of America, Cornell University as well as New York University.

At the tender age of 17, Khanna opened his first venture - Lawrence Gardens Banquets. In 2009, he opened his restaurant “Junoon” in Manhattan for which he earned a Michelin star in 2012, 2013 and 2014.

Khanna has hosted various editions of the popular show MasterChef India. He has also featured on other TV shows like – Kitchen Nightmares, Hell’s Kitchen, Throwdown! With Bobby Flay, the Martha Stewart Show and MasterChef Australia.

He is also known to have written around 19 cookbooks.

Khanna’s cooking skills are known to impress one and all but he is also admired the world over for his good looks. In a poll conducted by the Eater Blog, he was voted to be “New York’s Hottest Chef” in 2011 and 2012. The People magazine in 2011 named him among the “Sexiest Men Alive”. Further, the magazine also stated that he is the “Hottest Chef of America”. In 2012, Khanna was awarded to be “GQ India Man of the Year”.

Khanna has also prepared two meals for US President Barak Obama. The first one was a satvik meal and the other one was Himalayan cuisine.

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Stuart O'Keeffe

Claim to fame: TV Show - Private Chefs of Beverly Hills on Food Network

Born in Ireland, Stuart O’Keeffe became passionate about cooking by watching his mother prepare family meals. He is often quoted as saying that he would give a miss to his school homework to help his mother and aunt prepare pies and pastries. He also states that by the age of 7 he became the “right handy sous-chef” of his family kitchen.

O’Keeffe is known to use fresh as well as locally sourced ingredients in his dishes and he reveals that his cooking style has been influenced by his mother.

A trained Chef, O’Keeffe pursued BA in Culinary Arts from Dublin Institute of Technology. Right after graduation he travelled through Europe and finally moved to France where he learned high-end French cuisine and cooking, by working in a small restaurant.

O’Keeffe specialises in New American and Continental cuisines.

Brand Ambassador of Tupperware, O’Keeffe has featured in TV shows like Stuart’s Kitchen and has also made appearances in Marie, The Home and Family Show, CBS’s The Talk as well as Republic of Telly. He can also be seen in Asiana Airlines’ commercials.

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Alain Allegretti

Claim to fame: Critical acclaim for all his restaurants

From Nice, Alain Allegretti grew up on a farm in France and started cooking early on in life with his grandmother. He later went to a culinary school and started working in a professional kitchen at the age of 20.

In 2005, Alain became the Executive Chef of Atelier, a restaurant of New York’s Ritz-Carlton hotel.

Alain opened his first restaurant at New York city in 2008 by the name – Allegretti. He is the Executive Chef as well as owner of the famous “La Promenade de Anglais” in Chelsea. This restaurant of his received a lot of critical acclaim and earned a two star review from the New York Times wherein Pete Wells was quoted as calling Alain – The king of modern French cuisine.

Not only is Alain known to make the most delicious food but he is also voted to be the “Hottest Chef in New York” by Eater’s in 2008.  


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Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration (WGSHA), Manipal, is renowned for its exceptional hospitality and culinary education. Established in 1986 in collaboration with ITC Hotels, WGSHA offers programs like the Bachelor of Hotel Management (BHM), which is highly regarded in the industry.



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The BA (Culinary Arts) placements at Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration (WGSHA) are facilitated through campus placements for students. The school has a placement unit that assists students in securing placements. Students can apply for placements through the campus recruitment driv



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30 students can be enrolled per year who can do their Masters ie M A from Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration. Since this college provide quality education and 100 percent placement so number of seats for student is less so competition among the students is very tough. And since this



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For taking admission in B.A on Welcome Graduate school of Hotel Administration a student should passed from a recognised board with at least 45% marks in class 12th examination. An entrance exam named MET is also conducted for the admission in B A course and starting rank last year was about 5000 th



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Average package for M.A students at Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration is INR 4 to 6 Lacs per anum.

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B.A at Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration cost INR 3,90,000 per year

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According to me the best course offered at Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration is BA that is Bachelor course . If you have completed BA from good college or university such as Welcomgroup then your base becomes strong and you are capable to qualify for good colleges for higher educat



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The eligibility criteria for admission to M.A at Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration is a student have completed their Bachelor degree in hospitality from a recognised board with at least 50 percent marks and college should be recognised by government of India . A Bachelor student on



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