As cookery shows become increasingly popular, more and more chefs are becoming known outside traditional culinary circles. But if watching tantalising dishes being prepared isn't enough for you, head to one of the many restaurants made famous by celebrity chefs...and taste the food yourself.
The sheer variety of venues means there's a restaurant to suit most budgets. Read on to see which you most like the sound of.
With more than 30 'Jamie's Italian' restaurants already established, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver's authentic but affordable Mediterranean chain is going down a storm.
The food is rustic and seasonal with the menu featuring antipasti, pasta, seafood, steaks and salads. Casual, relaxed dining is the order of the day and, following international expansion, you can even enjoy Jamie's Italian experience abroad.
The celebrity chef has also launched a chain of cookery shops selling produce and providing guidance on how to cook with it, there and then. Trained chefs are on hand to demonstrate recipes which customers can make on the spot or take home and cook. 'Recipease' branches are now cooking in Notting Hill, Clapham Junction and Brighton. Learn how to cook like Jamie, become a sushi master or dip into a chocolate masterclass.
Fifteen in Cornwall
For a high-end Jamie experience, head to one of the fabulous Fifteen restaurants. Although the Fifteen Foundation is a charity, Jamie's one of nine trustees and was instrumental in setting up the eateries – and his influence is evident throughout.
Boasting stunning views of St Paul’s Cathedral, Jamie Oliver’s Barbecoa, is the UK’s first barbecue steakhouse, and everything is cooked using fire. The restaurant opened at the end of 2010 and has been awarded an AA Rosette.
Firmly established as one of Britain's most successful chefs, Angela Hartnett combines regular TV appearances with a Guardian column and the running of two acclaimed restaurants. A former proteger of Gordon Ramsay, Angela explores her Italian heritage through Murano, in London's Mayfair, which has been awarded four AA Rosettes; and Hartnett Holder & Co, in Hampshire. The latter has been awarded three AA Rosettes and resides at Lime Wood, a luxury hotel in the New Forest. The restaurant aims to offer 'fun-dining not fine dining', and menus change with the seasons.
West-Country-born chef Tom Kerridge has transformed Marlow pub The Hand & Flowers, in Buckinghamshire, earning the restaurant four AA Rosettes in the process. His aim was to create a place where diners could be comfortable wearing flip flops in the garden, yet still enjoy excellently cooked, high-quality food.
Menu choices include the 'Great British Menu' winning dish of slow cooked duck breast. Although you may have to stand, you can pop in for a pint of the pub's own beer – just don't be surprised if the food smells are hard to resist!
Tom Kerridge's Hand & Flowers
Head across the country to Norfolk to sample celebrity chef Delia Smith's signature dishes, cooked to her own standards. Delia's Restaurant and Bar, and Yellow's New-York style diner can both be found at Norwich City Football Club. Menus draw on her amazing collection of some 6,000 published recipes.
Michel Roux Jr followed in his father's footsteps by being awarded two Michelin stars and took over the family restaurant Le Gavroche in 1991. Since then, he has put his own twist on the menu and more recently has been involved with various television cookery shows.
Try Roux at Parliament Square for fine cuisine within the listed Royal Institution of Chartered Surveryors (RICS) building. Or head to Roux at the Landau to experience the results of teamwork from father and son Albert and Michel Roux Jr. Each of the restaurants serves contemporary French dishes with the emphasis on using fresh seasonal ingredients.
Many of these restaurants, plus pubs, hotels and more, can be found in our free online search facility.
To sample the local, back-to-basics ethos of 'Chicken Run' champion Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and his River Cottage experience, pop into the celebrity chef's local store and canteen in Axminster, Devon.
If you've a hearty budget and a passion for lovingly produced, seasonal, local food, why not opt for a private bespoke event at River Cottage HQ, on the Devon-Dorset border.
River Cottage Canteen
He may be firmly established in London, with 10 venues already open, but Gordon Ramsay's empire is now a global enterprise. Gordon Ramsay Holdings now boasts restaurants in the US, France, Qatar and Italy, as well as Plane Food at Heathrow's Terminal Five.
With a fist full of Michelin stars and yet more international restaurants in the pipeline, there seems to be no stopping this chef. However, some critics say he may be spreading himself too thinly and cannot possibly be closely involved in that many establishments.
You could be forgiven for thinking that fish-lover and celebrity chef Rick Stein owns Padstow, with his empire now boasting four eateries plus accommodation in the Cornish coastal town. Witness Stein's passion for seafood and sample his selection at The Seafood Restaurant, St Petroc's Bistro, Rick Stein's Cafe or Stein's Fish and Chips. He also owns a pub in nearby St Merryn – The Cornish Arms – as well as patisserie, a deli, a fishmonger, a cookery school and a gift shop.
There's also a restaurant and takeaway – Rick Stein's Fish – in Falmouth.
The Thames Valley boasts a whole host of eateries owned by famous names and celebrity chefs. 'Culinary alchemist' and self-taught chef Heston Blumenthal owns the multi-award-winning Fat Duck, in picturesque Bray, near Maidenhead, Berkshire. After opening in 1995 it went on to achieve its third Michelin star in 2004 and also boasts five AA Rosettes.
Most famous for its snail porridge and scrambled egg and bacon ice-cream, the tasting menu employs innovative methods and offers more adventurous diners a host of original flavour combinations. There's also an à la carte menu offering slightly less unusual fare.
Celebrity chef Heston also owns two pubs in Bray. The Hinds Head is a fairly relaxed affair serving traditional British cuisine. It retains a village public house feel and boasts two AA Rosettes. Sitting opposite, is the Crown at Bray, which offers simple, traditional English food and boasts two AA Rosettes.
His latest venture – Dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London's Park Lane wows critics with its individual approach to the menu, comprising simple modern dishes inspired by Britain's historic gastronomic past. Dinner has been awarded three AA Rosettes, and Heston himself has been appointed OBE for services to food, as well as being awarded honorary degrees from the University of Reading and Bristol University.
Marco had been awarded three Michelin stars by the age off 33, becoming the youngest British chef to achieve this. Since retiring from cooking in 1999, he's focused on extending his restaurant empire. His cuisine can be enjoyed on the high seas aboard P&O's Aurora, Ventura, Adonia and Oceana.
Back in Blighty, he co-owns several country pubs under the Marco Pierre White Wheeler's of St James's name, as well as two restaurants at Stamford Bridge – Marco Grill, which has been awarded two AA Rosettes, and Frankie's Sports Bar & Diner, co-owned with Frankie Dettori.
Le Manoir aux Quat' Saisons
The Manoir itself is a 15th-century manor house set in picturesque landscaped grounds. Seasonal produce is high on the menu and there is a kitchen garden boasting 90 types of vegetable and more than 70 varieties of herbs.
There are also several Brasserie Blancs dotted across the south, and another in Leeds. Raymond sums up the chain on his website: "If the Manoir is a delicate waltz then the Brasseries are the Can Can. Brasserie Blanc is a place for relaxed enjoyment where I can offer you simple, high quality food that comes as close as possible to the meals that my mother prepared for me at home."
Celebrity chef Antony Worrall Thompson is based in Oxfordshire and, despite having closed some of his restaurants when the recession hit, he reopened The Greyhound, at Rotherfield Peppard, and he also owns the Windsor Grill, and Windsor Larder in Berkshire, and London's Kew Grill.
Award-winning, Michelin-starred Tom Aikens became the youngest British chef to hold two Michelin stars at 26, and London restaurants have an impressive list of accolades, including a clutch of AA Rosettes.
Tom's Kitchen is a relaxed but bustling brasserie serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The lunch and dinner menus offer a wide range of tasty meat, fish and pasta dishes.
His signature restaurant Tom Aikens is a more formal affair that also offers private dining - being relocated to a more central London location.