Every chef aspires to reach a high level of success in his or her industry. Cooking can take you to the top in a few different ways. Some chefs find fame by becoming well-known personalities. Things like cooking shows or various other television gigs have launched quite a few chefs into celebrity territory. The Food Network and other channels creating so many food-related shows lead to more opportunities coming. Other chefs find success in their field by delivering incredible dishes at exclusive restaurants. There are quite a few famous chefs that earned their statuses by creating meals that leave their customers in awe.
We'll look at some of the most popular and successful chefs in the world. Most chefs love to have a signature dish associated with their careers. Each chef selected will be looked at regarding what their exact signature dish is. Most have gone on the record about putting one dish above the others when they want people to think about them. Some folks can only try one of their meals, and the signature dish will be the one that the average person leans towards trying. Find out just which foods the top-level cooks love cooking the most and have found the most success with. These are twenty of the most famous chefs in the world along with each of their individual signature dishes.
20 Emeril Lagasse: Banana Cream Pie with Caramel Drizzles and Chocolate Sauce
Emeril Lagasse is one of the world’s most famous chefs and has had that spot for a long time. The incredible work of Emeril has seen him reach the top level from the cooking world longer than most of the others. Quite a few top chefs may have passed Emeril, but he remains towards the top of the list.
Unlike the others, Emeril doesn’t have an official signature dish, but he does have a signature dessert that he loves to serve with his top meals. The dessert of banana cream pie was the perfect choice for Emeril to showcase his skills. Emeril’s additions of caramel drizzles and chocolate sauce put the banana cream pie over the top.
19 Mette Williams: Fig and Prosciutto Salad
Mette Williams has developed a strong reputation as one of the best cooks in the world. Many of her meals range from entrees to appetizers to desserts that all deliver incredible results. The signature dish of Williams to become most associated with her is the Fig and Prosciutto Salad.
Williams has worked in many elite restaurants to earn her reputation as a top-tier chef. The salad dish is the one that most people would go out of their way to try. Not many chefs like to make their signature dish a salad, given its potential limitations and a lower ceiling, but the Fig and Prosciutto Salad truly left many customers happy.
18 Raul Salinas: Wagyu Beef Toban Yaki
Raul Salinas is a tremendous chef with a world of credibility for his different meals. Quite a few different dishes are associated with his career. His best work stands out in different ways, but the major signature dish of Salinas is Wagyu Beef Toban Yaki.
Any fan of beet dishes would likely fall in love with this specialty dish created by Raul. High-end restaurants have been the ones to serve his meals, and people would travel just to try his best meals. The Wagyu Beef Toban Yaki dish is the one that Salinas apparently has the most love and pride for.
17 Tom Colicchio: Braised Short Ribs
Tom Colicchio has become a huge name in the cooking world. The celebrity chef started his trajectory as an elite chef at upscale restaurants in the Manhattan area of New York. Top restaurants in New York City with celebrity chefs will get sold out, the tables being filled by people willing to pay top dollar for the meal.
Colicchio’s incredible cooking skills led to Braised Short Ribs becoming his signature dish. This meal is a common one to have for a filling dinner at a great restaurant. Colicchio takes it to another level with his supreme cooking skills. Great foods become even more amazing with the right cook.
16 Wolfgang Puck: Pork Schnitzel
The career of Wolfgang Puck has given him worldwide celebrity fame. There have been many decades of success for Puck with his incredible recipes and art in the kitchen delivering huge success. The unique name of Wolfgang Puck is enough to make him stick in your memory, but the cooking is what creates his legacy.
Puck’s signature dish is an incredible Pork Schnitzel meal. It features delicious Kurobuta pork cutlets that are deep-fried. The meal looks incredible visually and tastes even better. A side of potatoes complements the dish. Puck’s Pork Schnitzel stands out as a signature dish we all want to try.
15 Gordon Ramsay: Beef Wellington
Gordon Ramsay is arguably the most famous chef in the world. The career of Ramsay has made him a top chef in the cooking industry, but his fame was taken to the next level as one of the top television personalities for food shows. Ramsay is known for having incredibly high standards and being a tough person to work for.
The desire for perfection does lead to Ramsay having great success as a chef. His signature dish is a Beef Wellington meal he cooks to perfection. It features pan-seared beef fillets wrapped in ham, pastry, and mushroom paste. Ramsay’s reputation is well known, which makes his Beef Wellington even more tempting to try.
14 Gale Gand: Lemon Meringue Pie
Gale Gand has found major success in the cooking world with books, television appearances, and other mainstream measures of accomplishments helping her thrive. The wide array of dishes offered by Gand sees her have a lot of skill in each aspect of the meal.
Dessert is another one of her strong sets. Gand has the signature dish of Lemon Meringue Pie for those who have a sweet tooth. She replaces the traditional crust with sugared phyllo dough. The layers of lemon curd and a brown-sugar meringue make Gand’s Lemon Meringue Pie unlike any version of it you can find at a grocery store or average bakery.
13 Rick Bayless: Carne Asada With Black Beans
Rick Bayless is another incredible chef known for making great dishes that originated in Mexico. The experimenting of Bayless led to new recipes created and old recipes having a different twist that impresses his customers. Bayless found more success as a television personality on food shows.
Carne Asada With Black Beans is the specialty dish that Bayless takes the most pride in. This meal is found at his restaurant in the Chicago area. It features grilled marinated steak with fried plantains, black beans, and special guacamole. Bayless has quite a few great dishes, but the Carne Asada dish stands out as his best for good reason.
12 Gerard Craft: Honey Vegetable Salad
Gerard Craft is an award-winning chef who's delivered many great dishes to the world. The talent of Craft allows him to take simple concepts and use intricate changes that make it even more special. It does make sense that Craft would go for a salad as his top item.
The Honey Vegetable Salad is the signature dish associated with Craft. It features one of the most visually beautiful salads one can find. The colorful dynamic of the items used is intentional to create a meal that you’ll want to snap a picture of and then brag about eating when your friends see it.
11 Jet Tila: Pineapple Fried Rice
Jet Tila is another incredibly famous chef after many years of success. The hard work and experimenting of Tila make his story of a rise to prominence a great one. He's appeared on countless shows on the various television networks dedicated to food content.
Tila has a unique signature dish that he created a fun recipe for. The Pineapple Fried Rice meal is his favorite and has made it his signature dish due to the results. It features the addition of pineapple to the fried rice dish. Not many people would expect this to be good at an average restaurant, but Tila certainly found huge success with it.
10 Jamie Oliver: Steak Sarnie
Jamie Oliver is clearly one of the most famous chefs in the world with success in many fields. The talent of creating recipes, delivering great results in restaurants, and becoming a television personality all show just how impressive Oliver is in his field.
Oliver’s top dish offered as his signature is the Steak Sarnie. The meal includes steak, caramelized onions, other vegetables, and sauces brought together inside a baguette. Oliver included this recipe in his cookbook for foodies to try their hand at. Unfortunately, it’s hard to perfect it if you don’t have the skills of Oliver.
9 Mario Batali: Bucatini all'Amatriciana
Mario Batali delivers quite a few incredible dishes that leave his customers happy. The range of the dishes are all over the place, but the key is that he’s not afraid to experiment. Quite a few restaurants and media appearances would feature Batali sharing his art with the rest of us.
The signature dish associated with Batali’s career is the Bucatini all'Amatriciana. This recipe features some changes to an already-beloved dish. It has the delicious pasta cooked with pork jowl and a special tomato sauce. Batali put his all into this recipe and is proud enough of it to make it his official signature dish.
8 Nobu Matsuhisa: Black Cod with Miso
The legacy of Nobu Matsuhisa will have him always remembered as a legendary cook. Many people think of the restaurant Nobu for many incredible meals. You’ll be forced to pay huge money, but the meals will likely be worth every penny once you taste them.
Matsuhisa’s signature dish is the Black Cod with Miso meal. The sake-miso marinade makes the cod a specialty item. Quite a few meals could be in the discussion for Nobu’s top meal, but the Black Cod with Miso stands out as the one associated with his career. It truly is a top honor to eat a meal with such prestige.
7 Daniel Son: Soy Paper King Crab Hand Roll
Daniel Son is one of the top chefs when it comes to recipes that tie into food from Japan. Many popular items get a different dynamic to them, with Son experimenting with his own flair. There are many different meals by Son that deserve top billing, but the Soy Paper King Crab Hand Roll stands out among the rest.
The signature dish is served at the highly rated Kura restaurant in Los Angeles. Many premier critics consider Kura the top restaurant in the country to order sushi from. Son’s Soy Paper King Crab Hand Roll is likely the top meal you’ll order there, as it’s a signature dish from a top chef.
6 Manish Mehrotra: Tuna Bhel Ceviche
The cooking skills of Manish Mehrotra led to him becoming a worldwide famous chef. Mehrotra has found huge success as a television personality by sharing his recipes and providing insight on his vision of delivering such great meals in the kitchen.
The specialty dish associated with Mehrotra is the Tuna Bhel Ceviche. This is one of the more intricate dishes on the list, given how perfect it must be done to leave an impact on the customer. Mehrotra takes a lot of pride in this dish for good reason. There are quite a few choices for his signature dish, but the Tuna Bhel Ceviche is his top choice.
5 Daniel Boulud: Chilled Spring Pea Soup
Daniel Boulud has a tremendous reputation in the cooking industry, given the incredible restaurants he's responsible for. The work of Boulud has created many outstanding meals and recipes that lead to true food art. Anyone to eat some of his top dishes will fall in love and will always want to try it again.
The signature dish of Boulud is the Chilled Spring Pea Soup. It takes a lot of confidence for a top-tier chef to make a soup his top item. Boulud does a great job making this soup taste unlike any other. Various forms of peas are used to create a blend for the ideal result.
4 Thomas Keller: Smoked Salmon Crisps
Thomas Keller has been a top chef in the cooking world for two decades now. The rise started in the '90s with Keller winning awards for many of his meals and recipes. Keller has quite a few restaurants, all with high standards and great reviews for those that want an upscale meal.
The signature dish of Keller is his Smoked Salmon Crisps. It features salmon cornets topped with his special blends. The dish is one that clearly takes a lot of effort, but Keller truly is proud of it. Most people view salmon as hit-or-miss food. However, this dish is one that will entertain just about everyone out there.
3 José Andrés: Paella with Shrimp and Squid
The career of José Andrés has seen him responsible for many incredible dishes at a higher quality. Andrés has developed top-tier restaurants in different cities, but the most impressive one resides in Washington, DC. There are a few top dishes, but only one stands out as his specialty.
Andrés’s signature dish is the Paella with Shrimp and Squid. It features a rice dish with a few different kinds of seafood. They range from shrimp to rare cuttlefish to housemade fish stock. The meal is considered one of the top seafood meals in the world. Andrés delivers a great and unique meal as his signature dish.
2 John Besh: August Chopped Salad
The career of John Besh has allowed him to become a successful television personality in the cooking entertainment industry. People love watching Besh and finding out what exactly goes into making his meals so special. Besh is responsible for many different great items, but there’s one item that's particularly special.
August Chopped Salad is another salad that's become a specialty item from an elite chef. This is a trend with a few cooks who love to show their skills by taking subtle dishes and making them incredible. Besh loves the salad enough to make it the official signature dish people will find when looking up his career.
1 Daniel Humm: Granola
Daniel Humm is another top chef with a rise to the top of the cooking industry. The Swiss chef made his fame in the United States with multiple elite restaurants in different locations. Humm, like other cooks, has gone on the record with having one true signature dish associated with him.
The surprise choice of a granola dish is the one that Humm takes the most pride in. Humm stated that he fell in love with granola both in his professional life and personal life. The enjoyment of it in his everyday life led to Humm creating an upscale version of a Granola dish with fruit. Its unique ingredients include coconut chips, cherries, pumpkin seeds, brown sugar, and pistachios.