Who holds the most Michelin stars in the world? There are thousands of starred chefs, but only a handful of them are known to run numerous restaurants that are consistently recognised by the prestigious Michelin Guide.
Until his passing in 2018, Joël Robuchon was the chef with the most stars, with 32 Michelin stars over several restaurants throughout his career. The French chef was named the “chef of the century” by the prestigious Gault et Millau restaurant guide in 1990 and his empire of restaurants reached as far as the USA, Paris, Hong Kong, and Bangkok.
The chef who holds the most Michelin stars: Alain Ducasse
In the absence of Robuchon, Alain Ducasse is the chef with the most stars in the world. French-born, Monegasque chef Ducasse, has had a total of 19 stars in his career, and he holds 13 stars within his restaurants currently in his empire.
Ducasse started working in the kitchen in his teens, and developed a fascination with Provençal cuisine in the late 1970s while working at Le Moulin de Mougins. He won his first Michelin star as head chef at La Terrasse at the Hotel Juana in Juan les Pins.
Since then, he has built a business empire that spans the globe from Las Vegas to Tokyo, at over 72 locations of which 36 are restaurants. Ducasse is also known to be the first chef to own three restaurants with three Michelin stars in three different cities at the same time.
Chef Ducasse’s flagship restaurants include Louis XV at the Hotel de Paris in Monaco and Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester, both of which have three Michelin stars.
Ducasse’s starred restaurants
- Louis XV Alain Ducasse a l’Hotel de Paris – 3 stars
- Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athénée – 3 stars
- Le Meurice Alain Ducasse – 2 stars
- Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester – 3 stars
- Alain Ducasse at Morpheus – 2 stars
Other chefs with multiple Michelin stars
Other starred chefs that follow legendary chefs Joel Robuchon and Alain Ducasse include Martin Berasategui (10 stars), Pierre Gagnaire (10 stars), Gordon Ramsay (16 stars), Thomas Keller (7 stars), Umberto Bombana (7 stars), and Heston Blumenthal (6 stars).