Being a chef used to be one of the most underrated jobs as people believed that cooking food is applicable to a particular gender and class of people. In today’s world, chefs have taken it upon themselves to make the profession appealing by introducing enticing Cuisines, television programmes on cooking, publication of cooking books, conducting different kinds of cooking completion.
This has earned them popularity, wealth and recognition in society. This article will discuss the richest celebrities in the world, their net worth and how they were able to achieve this feat.
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Our 15 Pick of The World Richest Celebrity Chef By Net Worth
Here you have the list of the world richest celebrity chef and their achievement so far.
1. Alan Wong
Alan Wong is a Japanese born chef, restaurateur and presently the richest chef in the world. He is among the twelve founders of Hawaii regional cuisine. The company’s aim is to recreate American cuisine using the local ingredients and vegetables from Hawaii. The company also produced a book titled “the new cuisine of Hawaii” and sold it in the course of charity. Chef Wong owned several restaurants in Hawaii and Japan.
He hosted and judged the top chef contestant during the competitions in 2004. He was also invited by president Barrack Obama to the White House to cook a luau in 2009. Chef Wong has bagged several awards which include the chef of the year award by Gourmet and Santé magazine in 2001 and 2007 respectively.
All his restaurants are presently closed up due to the COVID 19 pandemic crisis. Alan Wong’s net worth is estimated to be 1.1 billion dollars making him the richest celebrity chef.
2. Jamie Olivier
Jamie Trevor Olivier is one of the richest chefs in the world. The British born chef who is also a restaurateur and author was born on the 27th of May, 1975. Jamie developed his interest in cooking from his parent who owned a restaurant. He learnt and practised cooking from his parent’s restaurant.
Jamie became popular because of his cheerful and fun-loving approach to cooking. He started his show titled “The Naked Chef” on BBC and made lunch for Prime Minister Tony Blair in 1999. Olivier had several television shows which include Jamie’s kitchen, Jamie’s 15-minute meal, Jamie’s Ministry of Food, Jamie’s food revolution and several others.
He is the best selling nonfiction author and 2nd bestselling author in England with over 14.55 million books sold out. His immense love for children pushed him to start a campaign towards achieving healthy nutrition among children in 2005. The campaign which was tagged feeds me better educate school children on the dangers of eating junk and how to cut it off from their diet. He lost some of his restaurants to bankruptcy in 2019.
Jamie has received several awards since the beginning of his career which includes the most influential person in the UK hospitality industry in 2005 and 2010 respectively. His net worth is about 240 million dollars. He is married and blessed with five children.
3. Gordon Ramsay
Ramsay was born on the 8th of November, 1966 in Scotland. Apart from being a chef, Ramsay is also a restaurateur, businessman, television personality and author. Ramsay started his career during his teenage before attending culinary school at the age of 19. He has presented various TV programmes where he is known for his bluntness and frequent use of profanity on the air.
Ramsay owns more than 15 restaurants with the first one created in 1997. He is an author of over 25 books and has received several awards which include 16 Michelin stars and officer of the order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth II.
He owned many industries under Gordon Ramsay holdings and his net worth is estimated to be 220 million dollars. He is married with kids.
4. Nobu Matsuhisa
Nobu Matsuhisa is popularly known as Nobu. Nobu is a chef and restaurateur whose style of cooking involves preparing Japanese dishes with Peruvian ingredients. He was born on the 10th of march 1949in Saitama, Japan. Nobu started his career as a dishwasher at a restaurant in Japan, where he also learned to be a sushi master.
In 1973, He opened his first restaurant in Peru and that was the beginning of his Japan – Peruvian style of cooking. Nobu has acted in three popular movies titled casino, memoirs of a geisha and Austin powers in gold member.
He has several hotels located in Chicago, Riyadh, Miami, London, Toronto etc. he has received many awards including the Michelin star, an award for the best new restaurant and a lifetime achievement award from the James beard foundation.
Nobu has produced many books on cooking with his signature cuisine being Black Cod with Miso. He is married and blessed with a child his net worth is about 200 million dollars.
5. Thomas Keller
Thomas is also regarded as Thomas Aloysius Keller and he is one of the richest celebrity chefs in the world. He is an American chef, restaurateur and author. He was born on the 14th of October,1955 in California, United the States of America. Keller started his culinary career at his mother s restaurant before he was discovered by Roland Henin who was a master chef from France. He opened his first restaurant situated in Rakel in 1987.
Keller published his first book titled “the French laundry book” in 1999 and has written various books since then. Keller has received many awards which includes the best American chef in 1996, chef of the year in 1998 and Michelin stars in 2005,2006 and 2007 respectively.
He also owns restaurants in various parts of the world and his net worth is estimated to be about 130 million dollars.
6. Wolfgang Puck
Wolfgang puck was born on the 8th of July, 1949 in Carinthia, Austria. He develop an interest in cooking through his mother who was a pastry chef. At 26 years Wolfgang moved to Los Angeles to work as a chef and be a shareholder of Ma Maison restaurant. He published his first cookbook titled “the modern French cooking for the American kitchen” in 1981. Wolfgang has proven to be a successful businessman with several dining restaurants, catering services, sales of coffee, canned food and many others.
Wolfgang has played several roles in movies in which including Frasier, The iron chef America, The weatherman and others. He is also a presenter, act as a judge to food competitors on T.V programmes and brand ambassador for products.
He has received many awards which the restaurant of the year award in 1994, Michelin stars in 2008 and 2009. Wolfgang signature dish is smoked salmon pizza. Wolfgang is presently married after two divorces. Wolfgang is also among the world richest celebrity chef with a net worth of 90 million dollars.
7. Rachael Ray
Rachael ray is one of the few women who have ticked their name among the richest celebrity chef in the world. Rachael was born on the 25th of august, 1968 in New York, USA. She is a Chef, Television personality, Writer and Business tycoon.
She has started helping in her mother’s restaurant at the age of 8. Ray is known for her simple style of cooking and has hosted several cooking shows on TV. She is a brand ambassador to products like Nabisco crackers, WestPoint home, Dunkin doughnuts and many more.
She was awarded the best outstanding talk host in 2010,2011, 2012 and 2013. She owns a foundation to help families develop healthy eating habits. She is married and her net worth is estimated to be $100 million.
8. Emeril Lagasse
Emeril Lagasse is not only a chef but also a restaurateur, author, and television personality. He was born on the 15th of October,1959 in Massachusetts, United States of America. Emeril discovered his talent in cooking during his teenage years in a bakery where he worked.
Lagasse owns thirteen restaurants in New Orleans, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Orlando and Las Vegas. He has appeared in several T.V shows which include the great chefs, essence of Emeril, how to boil water and others. Lagasse has also judged various food competitions and acted in several films in which one of them is the popular “last holiday” with Queen Latifah.
Emeril has various products to his name ranging from spice, cookware, knives, pasta, sauce and salads. He has bagged many awards which include chef of the year, outstanding culinary program, lifetime achievement award and many more. His net worth is $70 million.
9. Bobby Flay
Bobby Flay also known as Robert William flay, is an American born chef, restaurateur, writer and T.V personality. He was born on the 10th of December 1964 and was raised in Manhattan. At the age of 8, Flay requested an oven as his Christmas gift from his father. He had his first job in a restaurant at the age of 17 after he dropped out of school.
Flay went back to the French culinary institute through a scholarship from his father’s partner. Flay has appeared in different television cooking shows which include the great chef, Mexican madness, grilling & chillin and a lot more. He has judged many cooking competitions including
The Next Food Network Star and The Next Iron Chef. Flay loves horse racing and has won awards in several racing competitions. Flay has emerged as the most outstanding service show host, outstanding culinary host and a three-time James beard foundation awardee. flay is divorced after three marriages and his networth is estimated to be $30 million.
10. David Chang
David is a writer, chef, media personality and surprisingly a podcaster. He was born on the 5th of august,1977 in Virginia USA to Korean parents. Chang enrolled in the international culinary centre in 2000 and opened his first restaurant in 2004. He names his restaurant Momofuku which means lucky peach and also after the inventor of instant noodles.
Presently, there are several outlets of his restaurants in the world and has goodies like sweets, pies, cakes, cookies and others to his name. David has anchored many food programmes and competitions on television which include Top chef: All-stars, The mind of a chef and recently appeared on a Netflix series.
David wrote his first magazine in 2011 titled the lucky peach food magazine and has written several books afterwards. David is also a podcaster on his show, The ringer and host on The Recipe Club. He received awards from the James beard foundation in 2007,2008,2009,2013 and 2014 respectively. He also earned the Michelin stars for 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. He is married with two children and his net worth is estimated to be $ 20 million.
11. Ina Garten
Ina Garten is also one of the richest celebrity chefs in the world. She is also a writer, host and former staff of the white house. Garten was born on the 2nd of February,1948 into an American family.
Garten enjoys cooking as a way of keeping herself busy after her husband left for the military service. Garten is known to be a self-taught chef and she has published several books. She was among the Forbes 50 over 50 inaugural in 2021. Her estimated net worth is $50 million.
12. Jose Andres
Jose Andres is a Spanish born American chef. The chef is also a restaurateur and a philanthropist helping people with food during emergencies or disasters. He owns restaurants in several parts of Europe and has received several awards.
Some of his awards include chef of the year, top 100 influential people in the world, Michelin stars e.t.c. He is happily married and his net worth is estimated to be $50 million.
13. Vikram Vij
Vikram is one of the most popular Indian chefs, he is also a writer, media personality and businessman. He owns a share of the Vij’s restaurant along with his wife and the Canadian reality show, titled the dragon’s den.
His net worth is estimated to be $50 million. He has received many awards and published several cookbooks.
14. Charles David Ayres
Charlie is not only a chef but a renowned restaurateur, author and former executive chef at Google headquarters in California. He has worked in several hotels and restaurants as a chef. his net worth is estimated to be $ 45 million.
15. Levis Roots
Levi Roots is a popular reggae musician, media personality, chef, writer and businessman. He was born on the 24th of June, 1958 in Jamaica. Levi gained recognition in 2007 when he launched his Reggae Reggae sauce.
Levi has collaborated with the popular James Brown and Maxi Priest. He has written several articles and bagged many awards. His net worth is estimated to be $45 million
Being a celebrity chef is surely a fast and easy way to wealth acquisition. Most celebrity chefs combine one or two professions with being a chef. Some are writers, podcasters, judges, T.V presenters and business tycoons.
This does not only earn them fame but make the richest, most influential and most significant among their peers.