Who Is the Highest Michelin Star Chef?

The world of Michelin star chefs is a competitive one, and there are many amazing chefs who have earned the highest level of recognition – three stars. The award of three Michelin stars is seen as the pinnacle of success for a chef and an indication that their cuisine is some of the best in the world.

The first chef to earn three Michelin stars was French chef Auguste Escoffier, who was awarded them in 1933 for his restaurant Le Guide Culinaire. Since then, many other chefs have achieved this level of success, including French chef Paul Bocuse, whose restaurant L’Auberge du Pont de Collonges has held three Michelin stars since 1965.

In recent years, there has been much debate about who is the highest Michelin star chef. Some people argue that it is Gordon Ramsay, who has earned seven stars across his restaurants worldwide.

Others argue that it is Alain Ducasse, who currently holds 21 Michelin stars across his numerous restaurants around the world.

Other notable chefs in contention for the title include:

  • Joël Robuchon: With a total of 31 Michelin Stars over his career.
  • Yannick Alléno: Currently holds 12 Michelin Stars.
  • Heston Blumenthal: Has earned a total of 6 Michelin Stars.


Ultimately, it’s hard to say who is definitively the highest Michelin star chef.


It really depends on how you measure success – whether it be by number of restaurants with 3-star status or by total number of stars earned over one’s career.

What cannot be denied though is that all these chefs have achieved remarkable feats and are some of the most respected culinary professionals in the world.




Due to different metrics used to measure success as a top-tier Michelin star chef and due to such an impressive pool of contenders for this title, it can be difficult to determine who exactly is currently considered “the highest” Michelin Star Chef. However, all these top-tier chefs have certainly achieved remarkable feats and are some of the most respected culinary professionals in the world.