Poll reveals the ‘best TV chef of all time’


Gordon Ramsay has beaten Jamie Oliver to be crowned the best TV chef of all time.

The Michelin starred chef, as famous for his foul mouthed on screen temper tantrums as he is for his cooking, came top with a resounding 41% of the vote in a study by insights agency Perspectus Global.

Second on the list was chef turned food poverty and school meals campaigner Jamie Oliver (31%), who first graced British TV screens in 1999 as the BBC’s The Naked Chef.

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The two chefs have had a famously tumultuous relationship with Oliver criticising Ramsay over insulting comments he made about Australian TV personality Tracy Grimshaw.

Former Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry came third in the list of the best TV chefs, with a quarter of the vote.

Currently starring in BBC 2’s new series Love to Cook, Ms Berry’s first TV appearance was in the show Afternoon Plus, which came out in the early 1970s.

Since then, Ms Berry has been a regular screen presence, was a judge on The Great British Bake Off from 2009 to 2016, and last month was appointed Dame Commander for services to culinary arts, charity and broadcasting.

Also on the list were culinary heavyweights Deliah Smith (24%), Nigella Lawson (23%), Rick Stein (20%) and Keith Floyd (19%).

The study revealed that the average Brit watches up to five hours of cookery programmes every week, and that 71% will now search for a cookery clip online, rather than reaching for a recipe book.

Evie Porter of Perspectus Global said: “As the festive season approaches and the nation’s thoughts turn to food, we wanted to find out who the best loved TV chefs were, and it’s interesting to see that Gordan Ramsay, who has divided viewers with his sometimes foul-mouthed antics, has come out number one.”

Also on the list of our most-loved culinary TV stars were James Martin (17%), Ainsley Harriott (14%) and Fanny Craddock (14%).


1. Gordon Ramsay – 41%

2. Jamie Oliver – 31%

3. Mary Berry – 25%

4. Delia Smith – 24%

5. Nigella Lawson – 23%

6. Rick Stein – 20%

7. Keith Floyd – 19%

8. James Martin – 17%

9. Raymond Blanc – 16%

10. Marco Pierre White – 15%

11. Fanny Cradock – 14%

12. Ainsley Harriott – 14%

13. Michel Roux Jr – 14%

14. Heston Blumenthal – 13%

15. Paul Hollywood – 10%

16. Nadiya Hussain – 8%

17. Anthony Warral Thompson – 6%

18. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall – 6%

19. Madhur Jaffrey – 5%

20. Clarissa Dickson Wright – 4%

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