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Great Little - And Not So Little - Chefs

Posted on March 04, 2014 by Admin

Its Gourmet week here at Great Little Breaks, and we're kicking off March with some great little offers.

We already know what Gourmet means- because you have definitely all been reading our previous blog posts! But what about the chefs that give the word its meaning? There are thousands of chefs out there who work hard every day to provide us with the mouth watering taste sensations that we may take for granted.

So we've put together a list of world famous chefs who have definitely earned that title.

Known for his passion for food and healthy eating, it's Jamie Oliver. This self-elected minister for food is a British chef, restaurateur and media personality whose love of cooking began as a child. As he grew up, earning an NVQ in home economics, his passion for food grew also and he went on to climb in the food industry. From pastry chef, to sous chef, to best-selling author of his cook-book in 1997, Jamie Oliver became the face of Sainsbury's at the age of 25. Now a household name, the MBE chef specialises in fresh and organic cuisine, as well as Italian and British cuisine. The British chef is now an avid campaigner of healthy eating, especially for school children, owns the 'Jamie's Italian' restaurant chain and founder of the 'Fifteen' charity, which helps fifteen young people from disadvantaged background per year to train in the restaurant industry.

A chef whom all recognise is Nigella Lawson. Culinary talent and an easy-going approach to cooking have earned Nigella Lawson a huge global following. Nigella Lawson is an English journalist, broadcaster, television personality, gourmet chef and food writer. Originally working in publishing, she began her journalism career at the age of 23. Having enjoyed cooking since childhood, she wrote her first cook book in 1998, which went on to sell 300,000 copies and be dubbed 'the most valuable culinary guide published this decade' by the Sunday Telegraph. As her career blossomed, Nigella released more cookery books and won Author of the Year at the British Book Awards in 2001. Nigella Lawson then went on to host her own television shows on Channel 4, ITV1, USAs Food Network and the BBC. Nigella Lawson to enjoy a successful career in cookery, and emphasizes that she cooks for her own pleasure and enjoyment.

Famous for his competitive nature and questionable language is Gordon Ramsay. Widely known as a television chef, Ramsay has hosted various cookery programs including 'Hell's Kitchen', 'Kitchen Nightmares', and 'The F Word'. He has built his career as a celebrity chef, restaurateur, and television personality. He now owns a global chain of restaurants, winning 14 Michelin Stars in total. Ramsay's signature restaurant, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea, London, holds 3 Michelin Stars alone. Ramsay's culinary career began at the age of 19 when he entered catering college. During the 1980's and 1990's, Gordon Ramsay went from working as a commis chef to working as head chef for a London restaurant in partnership in Marco Pierre White. Ramsay opened his first Restaurant in Chelsea in 1998 which went onto to win Top Restaurant in the UK in 2001 and was awarded its third Michelin star. Ramsay was appointed an OBE in 2006, won the Catey award for 'Independent Restaurateur of the Year' in 2006, and was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame in 2013.

Known for her no-nonsense style and teaching basic cookery is the famous Delia Smith. This experienced cook is a British chef, and television presenter. She is the UKs best selling cookery author, with more than 21 million copies of her books sold. Already an OBE, Delia Smith was awarded a CBE in 2009 in recognition of her contribution to television cookery and recipe writing. Smith's culinary career began at the age of 21 when she started working in a small Paddington restaurant. She began to take an interest and read British cookery books and tried out recipes with the family she was staying with at the time. In 1969 Delia Smith was taken on as cookery writer by the Daily Mirror's new magazine and worked for other publications until 1986. Smith gained her fame by hosting a television cooking show in the 1970s, and was later approached by the BBC to for televised cooking courses. In 2003 Smith announced her retirement from television although she did continue to make occasional appearances on the BBC.

Another famous Michelin star chef is Heston Blumenthal. Well known as an English chef, restaurant owner, author, and television personality, Blumenthal has built up a successful career. His restaurant, The Fat Duck in Berkshire, has been voted best restaurant in the UK, and has received a perfect score of 10/10 every year since 2007 by the Good Food Guide. This restaurant has won many awards and has regularly been referred to as one of the top restaurants in the world, and in 2004, it was awarded with its third Michelin star. Blumenthal also owns restaurants 'The Hinds Head' and 'The Crown', also in Berkshire, as well as 'Dinner by Heston Blumenthal' in Hyde Park, London. Blumenthal has worked with the BBC and Channel 4, and he is known for both his modern and historic styles of cooking.

These are just a few of the many famous and talented chefs who work hard to create delightful dishes and mouth-watering meals that inspire cooking across the globe, as well as gourmet dining!

A gourmet dining experience is guaranteed to delight the taste buds, and here at Great Little Breaks, we are proud to offer a range of Gourmet offers. To view our fantastic collection of offers, simply click here.

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