Which celebrity chef is the most influential?

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Cooking shows remain among the most popular programmes on TV and have helped a number of accomplished chefs achieve stardom.

While some celebrity chefs boast multiple restaurants, or their own range of retail products, there is debate over which one truly has influenced and improved the nation’s cooking?

The experts at have endeavoured to answer that question by collating a list of 10 popular celebrity chefs from the UK, sourcing a list of all their cookbooks available to buy.

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The cookbook reviews were collected from Amazon and averaged to determine which chef comes out on top.

Leading from the front is Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry. Given her long career, it is perhaps unsurprising that Ms Berry has written more than 50 cookbooks.

But what is also impressive is how consistently well-received her books are. She takes the top spot with an almost perfect average review score of 4.7 out of 5, out of a whopping 37,899 reviews.

In second place is James Martin with 4.68, closely followed by Rick Stein, who was only 0.01 points behind.

At the bottom is Heston Blumenthal whose eccentric style might have made his books somewhat of an acquired taste. His average score is a respectable 4.53 out of 5 for 13 cookbooks.

Of all the books included in the data, the highest rated title was Delia Smith’s A Feast for Lent which has an impressive 4.9 out of 5.

The lowest rating of all the books was 3.5. This was the score given to two books by known perfectionist Gordon Ramsay – the ironically named At His Best, and the somewhat niche Fish and Shellfish.

Despite coming 8th in the rankings, Jamie Oliver’s 5 Ingredients: Quick and Easy Food had the highest number of average monthly searches, with approximately 6,600 searching for the title per month in the UK.

By comparison, Mary Berry’s most searched for book Simple Comforts had an average of 1,900 monthly searches.

Jamie Oliver also received the most reviews out of all the chefs for his 22 published cookbooks, with 40,048.

The chef with the lowest nu​mber of reviews was Heston Blumenthal who received 1,610 for his 13 cookbooks.

Books that were written in collaboration with other chefs or celebrities were excluded from the final data, along with books without review data.

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Andrew Seymour

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