Blumenthal, whose restaurant Dinner ranks among the top 10 restaurants in the world, was chosen among a list that included acclaimed chefs Joan Roca, Alain Ducasse, René Redzepi, Ferran Adrià and Gordon Ramsay. Here's a cool slideshow of the 10 contenders up for the award.
In the past decade, the chef rose to celebrity status by experimenting with innovative cooking techniques at his restaurant The Fat Duck, which has three Michelin stars and ranks 33rd on the World's 50 Best Restaurants list sponsored by S.Pellegrino and Acqua Panna.
Blumenthal has used his wizardry to conceive iconic dishes like the Titanic-inspired iceberg dessert and cook for the Queen of England's Diamond Jubilee. A familiar face on British television, the chef also has a line of ready-made meals and gin infused with lemon and earl grey tea.
Last year, the chef told FDL that as his next challenge he'd like to cook someone else's life: