The 10 Wealthiest Celebrity Chefs in the World

By Bluei Fausto
With the gradual wave of cooking shows and other television gigs over the past decade, it’s safe to say that the kitchen realm has welcomed tons of celebrity chefs into its space. From the classic Top Chef show to the thrilling and drama-packed MasterChef, there comes a range of food TV shows that have helped launch a few notable chefs into stardom. From their businesses to their own cooking shows to other TV show guest appearances, it’s not surprising to know that these kitchen bosses take pride not just in their impeccable cooking skills but also in their staggering wealth as well. To help you realize just how rich these top celebrity chefs are, we have rounded up the 10 wealthiest among their ranks. Get to know each one of them below!

10. Ina Garten

 

Net Worth: $50 million

While most of the top distinguished chefs take pride in their notable formal training before becoming kitchen personalities, Ina Garten boasts of a different history.

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Completing her studies with an MBA at George Washington University, Garten originally started out as a government employee. However, after realizing that her passion lies in the culinary arts, she decided to quit her job and establish a food store called Barefoot Contessa instead.  

To date, Ina Garten stands as a highly esteemed cookbook author and a TV show host for a popular Food Network series. Her net worth is estimated to be $50 million.

9. Jose Andrés

 

Net Worth: $50 million

A Spanish-American chef and founder of World Central Kitchen, Jose Andrés is undoubtedly one of the giants in the global cooking industry.

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At an early age of 15, Andrés has already made his entrance into the kitchen realm by enrolling in a culinary school in Barcelona. A few years later, at 21, he decided to explore opportunities in America and worked in a number of notable food businesses, including the tapas resto Jaleo.

Soon, after years of experience and making a name for himself, he was able to establish his own business and even became a host in his own cooking show, Vamos a Cocinar.

To date, he is regarded to be one of the most skilled celebrity chefs, with long and impressive credentials up his sleeves. 

8. David Chang

 

Net Worth: $60 million

If you’re an aspiring chef, there’s a high chance you’ve been following David Chang’s latest updates. Recognized to be a restaurant guru, Chang boasts of his lengthy list of food businesses, including the popular Momofuku Noodle Bar and Fuku.

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As a celebrity chef, he has already appeared in a few notable cooking shows, including the popular Ugly Delicious series and the recent Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner on Netflix.

To add to the list, he is also set to appear along with TV personality Chrissy Teigen on a number of food shows for Hulu, including one titled Family Style.

To date, the American restaurateur, author, and television personality is said to have a staggering $60 million net worth.

7. Emeril Lagasse

 

Net Worth: $70 million

Surely, no ‘wealthy celebrity chefs’ list could ever be complete without the mention of Emeril Lagasse. Earning a degree from the esteemed culinary institution Johnson and Wales University, Lagasse emerged to become one of the biggest names in the culinary space.

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A few years after graduating, he later set out on his own food business, Emeril’s Restaurant, in New Orleans’ Warehouse District and was later followed by NOLA Restaurant in the French Quarter. From there, Lagasse’s business presence continued to expand into different parts of the US.

To date, he is known for his long-running Food Network shows Emeril Live and Essence of Emeril. He also received the National Best Recipe award for his ‘Turkey and Hot Sausage Chili’ recipe in 2003.

To date, his net worth is reported to be at $70 million.

6. Rachael Ray

 

Net Worth: $80 million

Another celebrity cook and author, Rachel Ray is now the 6th richest celebrity chef with an $80 million net worth. She made a name for herself with her signature “30 Minute Meals” classes and later went on to host a number of Food Network shows.

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Before entering celebrity territory, she had served in several jobs in the food industry, including as a fresh-foods manager and as a chef.

To date, she is most known for her nationally syndicated talk show, Rachael Ray, and her tons of published cookbooks.

5. Wolfgang Puck

 

Net Worth: $90 million

Coming in at number 5 is none other than the famed celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. Serving as the man behind the brands Wolfgang Puck Fine Dining Group, Wolfgang Puck Catering, and Wolfgang Puck Worldwide, Inc., developed his love for the culinary arts through the guidance of his chef mother.

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Later, after finishing his formal training as a young chef, he left Europe for the United States to explore more culinary opportunities.

Given his talent in cooking, he later emerged to become a culinary icon as chef of Ma Maison in West Hollywood and founded his own businesses, Spago, Chinois, and Postrio.

To date, given his fine-dining empire and career in showbiz, Puck’s net worth has swelled to an estimated $90 million.

4. Thomas Keller

 

Net Worth: $130 million

An award-winning chef and cookbook author, Thomas Keller has managed to maintain his place in the top richest celebrity chefs list. Starting as a dishwasher at the Palm Beach Yacht Club, the young talent soon emerged to become a critically-acclaimed chef, even becoming a consultant for the films Spanglish and Pixar’s Ratatouille.

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One of his businesses, The French Laundry, has bagged multiple awards from the James Beard Foundation and had even been named as a perennial winner in the annual Restaurant Magazine list of the Top 50 Restaurants of the World.

To date, the famed chef is said to have a net worth of a whopping $130 million.

3. Nobu Matsuhisa

 

Net Worth: $200 million

Of course, who could have forgotten about Nobu Matsuhisa? Known for his known fusion of traditional Japanese techniques with South American cuisines, this popular Japanese chef is the man behind a flourishing restaurant empire, expanding from Malibu to Manila and Beijing to Budapest.

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As a celebrity chef, he has already appeared in three different films, namely Casino, Austin Powers Goldmember, and Memoirs of a Geisha.

He is now the 3rd wealthiest celeb chef with around $200 million in net worth.

2. Gordon Ramsay

 

Net Worth: $220 million

Surprised? Not really. Over the years, Gordon Ramsay has managed to maintain his status as one of the most popular chefs in the world.

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Thanks to his iconic bluntness and fiery temper demonstrated in a number of reality cooking shows, Ramsay has been widely regarded to be a star in the culinary space.

Among his shows include the popular series Kitchen Nightmares, Hell’s Kitchen, Hotel Hell, and MasterChef US. 

With his various TV appearances and his notable Michelin star restaurant, Ramsay is said to currently hold a staggering net worth of $220 million.

1. Jamie Oliver

 

Net Worth: $300 million

Finally, at number 1, no other chef carries the insignia of wealth and artistry other than the British star Jamie Oliver.

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At an early age, the culinary superstar has already developed a passion for cooking due to his family’s restaurant. Soon, after finishing his formal schooling and serving as a sous-chef at the River Café, he was noticed by Patricia Llewellyn of Optomen, leading to his entry into the celebrity space. 

From there, Oliver advanced to become a popular chef on the small screen, with his own cooking show, The Naked Chef.

To date, his net worth is valued at an overwhelming $300 million.

WANT MORE?

 

Did you have fun going through our richest celebrity chefs list? We hope you did. Known for their unmatched culinary skills and artistry, these 10 kitchen bosses proved that there is much more to the kitchen than what meets the eye.

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