Elite Traveler Names Most Influential Chefs Past and Future

Luxury living and self-dubbed “Private jet lifestyle” mag Elite Traveler dropped its list of the top 10 U.S. chefs of the past and next decade earlier this week. It compiled the list along with world-famous food critic Andy Hayler, known as “The Michelin Man” for his having reportedly dined at every three-Michelin-star restaurant in the world, leaving him well-positioned to judge the world’s most influential chefs.

Most influential chefs of the past decade

Thomas Keller

Dan Barber

Charlie Trotter

Daniel Boulud

Jean Georges Vongerichten

Most influential chefs of the next decade

Dominique Crenn

Joshua Skenes

Daniel Humm

David Chang

Grant Achatz

Thomas Keller, founder of The French Laundry and Per Se—each of which has earned three Michelin stars—tops the list of the most influential chefs of the past decade. The only U.S. chef to be awarded two simultaneous Michelin star ratings, Keller has driven many of his protégés to establish shining careers of their own.

Also featured on the list of the most influential chefs of the past decade are well-known names like Charlie Trotter, who was instrumental in putting Chicago on the culinary map, Daniel Boulud, owner of a worldwide restaurant empire, and Jean Georges Vongerichten, who popularized Asian influences on traditional cooking.

The list of influential chefs of the decade to come is led by Dominique Crenn, the only female chef to be featured on either list. Her San Francisco restaurant Atelier Crenn presents its menu in the form of a poem, which might account in part to why Andy Hayler describes her influence as “going well beyond her cooking.”

Other chefs expected to make waves over the next decade include Daniel Humm, chef and owner of three-Michelin-starred Eleven Madison Park, David Chang of Momofuku and Joshua Skenes of Saison.

More on the most influential chefs of the past and next decade can be found at EliteTraveler.com.

This article first appeared on FlavorfulWorld.com.

 

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