Muse in the kitchen

Cooking inspiration comes from books, movies, travel markets, restaurants and people. Friends, family and chefs, they all can inspire you to go crazy in the kitchen.

Today post is about chefs that inspired me in the last years, and with your help, discover other chefs to inspire me in the future.

This is not a top just a list and is open to add new names on it. So feel free to leave a comment with your chefs. I would love to see who are the person who you watch and why.

The first on the list is Jamie Oliver. I like him because he fights to have healthy food in schools and teaches you simple and easy recipes without spending a lot of money.

A few days ago, I just discovered Donal Skehan and I found him very interesting. He started as a food blogger and then he wrote a book and now has a show at TV. I found his recipes very refreshing.

I love Catherine Fulvio’s Italian recipes. I watch her making easy recipes or full Sunday dinners and I am learning a lot of wonderful things.

Donna Hay is an inspiration for me in the art of photography. I like her photos and they make me go in the kitchen and try to recreate her glamourous photos.

For a Bavarian inspiration I watch Hans Joerg Bachmeier and I love his culinary philosophy:  “fantasy, time and a good product. Who has these three ingredients at home, can also cook well. ”

Who doesn’t know Raymond Blanc? One of the most respected chefs, totally self-taught, is teaching me small little secrets of the French cuisine.

So here some people who make me go in the kitchen and start cooking. Please add others to the list. I still miss so many amazing cuisines here: Asian cuisine, Spanish, African, etc.


58 thoughts on “Muse in the kitchen

  1. Thanks for the tips! Do you know Greg Malouf? Master of the modern Persian kitchen. He and his wife wrote the most beautiful and inspiring books.

  2. I’m obsessed with Ree Drummond. She often cooks tex-mex, but when she’s not, she’s whipping up elegant style food for her and her girlfriends.

  3. I don’t actually cook, but my favourite chefs are René Redzepi and Rasmus Kofoed because of their dedication to creativity, sustainability, and innovation in the culinary arts.

      1. Richard Corrigan is also a regular here, we have coffee and chat about music 🙂 You should look him up, he is quite a character! And a great chef ( also very clued in nature, jazz etc…) 😉

  4. I would like to add you to the list. Your picture and outlook on life are an inspiration for me. I am always amazed at the beauty you see and create. Thank you for the continued inspiration.

  5. Living in NYC I’m fortunate to be exposed to a great variety of foods, spices, and cultures. My inspiration comes from the markets in the various culture-centric neighborhoods. While my family prefers plainer fare, I indulge myself in interesting flavors from around the world. 😉 xoM

  6. I think one of the more interesting chefs to be following right now is David Chang. I love his series Mind of a Chef and my meal at Momofuku Ko was perhaps one of the best dining experiences I’ve ever had. One of my favorite TV cooking pleasures has been New Scandinavian Cooking with Andreas Viestad, Tina Nordstrom, and Claus Meyer. It’s been a fun and exciting challenge to try and navigate their Scandinavian dishes with an Asian culinary background.

  7. Antonio Carluccio, Nigella, Ottolenghi,…Jamie Oliver one of my favourites too and he keeps being inspired himself and revamping existing dishes with a more modern or healthy touch and am with you on the Donna Hay photography, that is always just breathtaking. Do you know Lorraine Pascale? Love her sweets and baking recipes!

  8. I haven’t heard of a few of those chefs… will look into them. I can’t possibly list all the chefs I admire but Gale Gand and Ina Garten top the list! I am also a fan of Kenji Alt-Lopez and Dave Arnold… and of course, her majesty, Julia Child! Thanks for visiting my blog! Your photos are beautiful!

  9. I agree with your list, a good selection of too chefs. I was originally inspired to start cooking by graham kerr (the galloping gourmet) his show was very entertaining and most of his dishes would no doubt be considered unhealthy these days though.

  10. Once I tried a Jamie Oliver mayonnaise recipe. Just throw all the ingredients together and use your blender for 30 seconds. Did it just like the video and tried it 4 times without being able to do ti! Got really disappointed in Jamie, because I really wanted to be able to make it and it looked so easy! 😉 I am going to check out the other chefs, because I haven’t heard about most of them and I love learning. Interesting, cheers!

  11. Thanks for this, it is interesting as this was something I was discussing with a friend a few days ago, and was looking to write a piece about at some point, it looks like you beat me to it 🙂

    Here are a few of mine
    Heston Blumenthal
    Gordon Ramsay
    Ken Hom

    Would be 3 of mine however there are many others and could easily right an essay on the subject

    I was a fan of Jamie Oliver’s older works however recently his focus has shifted away from food and more into politics, and I am now starting to find him extremely irritating. However from what my mum has told me his shows and books had a great deal of influence in getting me interested in cooking in the first place so I have to thank him for that.

  12. For me, I found that watching the shows Cooked and Chef’s Table both really got me inspired to try new things and push myself in cooking. Grant Achatz’s story was definitely inspirational to me.

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