I like Rick Stein, most of all. That is because I am a passionate sea fisherman and love the way he stands up for the preservation of seafood and the simplicity of the ways in which it should be cooked.
There are a few others that I respect, Mr Ramsay included, but Rick is the top man for me.
Without a doubt it's Jacques Pepin. He not only knows all of the classic techniques, he makes them easy to understand and removes the snobbery. His low-key teaching approach can help anyone become a good cook.
For me it's George Carlin. He was the greatest comedian ever, and one of the greatest minds.But Micheal Jackson is also an interestingly dead fellow isn't he, What do you think WHO'S YOUR FAVORITE DEAD CELEBRITY?