20 Celebrity Chefs Who Are Worth Millions
18th August, 2020
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Celebrity chefs are minting money through their empires of upscale restaurant chains and reality television shows. Here’s how they rank by their net worth! The world's most renowned chefs have taken the food industry by storm. They haven't just created outstanding dishes, they've managed to build empires. With their unique personal brands, they've connected with business giants across industries, hosted TV shows, and laid out roads to massive financial returns. While some chefs continue to toil away in the kitchen day in and day out, some have created a multi-million dollar business through other ventures. Here's a list of the celebrity chefs who have managed to rake in the big bucks!
Curtis Stone www.tastingtable.com
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Curtis Stone

One of the coolest Aussie chefs out there, Curtis Stone is a television personality and an incredible chef who loves to cook seafood. We remember him as a competitor in <i>Iron Chef America</i>! He opened his solo “menu-less” restaurant, Maude, in Beverly Hills, in 2014. Stone also has a global kitchenware brand called Kitchen Solutions. The income from his business ventures brings his net worth to around $16 million.

Nigella Lawson www.foodandwine.com
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Nigella Lawson

Nigella Lawson, an Oxford graduate, is a journalist turned celebrity chef who has a net worth of about $20 million. Her first cookbook <i>How to Eat</i> became an instant bestseller in the U.K. It sold over 300,000 copies! She also had a show on Food Network called <i>Nigella Feasts</i>, wherein she prepared easy-to-cook food perfect for family get-togethers, small parties, and holidays. 

Alan Wong scrumpdillyicious.blogspot.com
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Alan Wong
We remember him as a guest judge on Top Chef! He is the wealthiest chef in the world with a net worth of a whopping $1.1 billion. From humble beginnings as a dishwasher, busboy, and waiter, Wong has now become a champion of sustainable Hawaiian cuisine. His shares in Hawaii Regional Cuisine make up a big chunk of his net worth. What’s more, he has cooked for former President Obama!
Gordon Ramsay doerlife.com
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Gordon Ramsay
This fiery Hell's Kitchen host has a net worth of around $220 million. The British restaurateur and chef charges over $200,000 per episode. In addition to that, let’s not discount his brand endorsements, books, and Youtube channel, which help him bring in some big bucks. It doesn’t stop here; his income also comes from his restaurants that have been awarded 16 Michelin stars in total!
Nobu Matsuhisa loscabos.nobuhotels.com
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Nobu Matsuhisa
Nobu Matsuhisa, who hails from Japan, is famous for his £42.50 Black Cod with Miso dish. This legendary chef has a net worth of about $200 million. He built a global Nobu empire along with Robert De Niro, who fell in love with his classic miso dish. That's not it! This renowned chef and restaurateur has also appeared in three movies.
Thomas Keller www.elitetraveler.com
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Thomas Keller
Thomas Keller, who is famous for his oysters and pearls recipe, has amassed a fortune of over $130 million! He is the head chef and owner of The French Laundry, a classy French restaurant in Napa Valley. The restaurant serves an 18-course tasting menu, and it takes months to score a reservation at this place! One random fact about this restaurateur is that he was the food consultant for Disney’s Ratatouille.
Wolfgang Puck gazettereview.com
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Wolfgang Puck
Wolfgang Puck, the name behind the flagship Spago restaurants around the globe, is now a Hollywood celeb! He takes care of the dinner service at the Oscars, where he serves around 25,000 plates of scrumptious food. He has also appeared in CSI, Frasier and The Simpsons. His net worth in 2020 is $90 million, making him one of the richest celebrity chefs in the world.
Rachael Ray www.npr.org
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Rachael Ray
Celebrity TV chef Rachael Ray is the wealthiest female chef in the world. Her net worth is roughly around $80 million. She is famous for her quick and easy recipes and cooking style. Her TV show The 30 Minute Meals had us charmed with Ray’s expertise in Italian cuisine! Her show made a comeback in 2019, much to everyone’s delight.
Emeril Lagasse www.eater.com
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Emeril Lagasse
Like Rachel Ray, Lagasse, too, had shows on The Food Network that made him a millionaire. His net worth of $70 million comes from his extraordinary empire. He has been in numerous TV shows, has a cookware brand called Emerilware, and has four bestseller cookbooks to his name! This legend will always be remembered for his catchphrase, “Kick it up a notch,” that caught on during his cooking shows.
Bobby Flay www.winespectator.com
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Bobby Flay
This celebrity TV chef, who dropped out of high school when he was 17, now has a net worth of over $60 million. He has hosted many of America’s top food TV shows. His trendy yet rustic restaurant named Gato in New York is famous for its lavish Mediterranean cuisine with a Spanish flair.
David Chang www.delicious.com.au
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David Chang
David Chang, the founder of the culinary brand Momofuku, ties in with Bobby Flay with a net worth of $60 million. We already miss having the glorious ramen at his Momofuku Noodle Bar in New York. As the country started maintaining social distancing, David Chang began hosting online cooking classes. Imagine cooking along with a millionaire celebrity chef. Sounds surreal!
Ina Garten www.vox.com
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Ina Garten
Ina Gartensurely, a celebrity chef by chance, never thought that she would become one of the richest chefs in the world. She entered the showbiz with no experience in the cookbook business. In spite of that, her Barefoot Contessa Foolproof cookbook sold half a million copies! She now has a net worth of $50 million.
Vikram Vij www.vinesmag.com
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Vikram Vij
As a dragon investor on the Canadian series Dragon’s Den, it is only obvious that Vikram Vij is filthy rich! His net worth is $50 million, the same as Ina Carten. He opened his first restaurant in Vancouver and named it Vij's, where the likes of Martha Stewart and Harrison Ford have dined. This culinary genius is known for continually innovating and pushing the boundaries of Indian cuisine.
José Andrés www.miaminewtimes.com
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José Andrés
José Andrés joins our $50 million net worth trio! This Spanish American chef has restaurants in Washington and all the way up to Texas. We all know what this means— cha-ching, the sound of a lot of money! After establishing his empire, Andrés started the World Central Kitchen to help millions of people who were affected by the crisis in Puerto Rico. We need more chefs like him!
Levi Roots www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk
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Levi Roots
After scoring £50,000 as an investment in UK’s Dragon’s Den, Levi Roots soon built up his sauce company Reggae Reggae Sauce to a $30 million valuation. His total net worth is $45 million. A celebrity chef, businessman, and a renowned musician, Levi Roots is the ultimate all-rounder! It wouldn’t be possible without his million-dollar Reggae Reggae sauce, which, by the way, is absolutely delicious.
Marco Pierre White yourstory.com
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Marco Pierre White
Marco Pierre White has a net worth of $40 million. We’re not surprised, given that he was the youngest British chef to receive three Michelin stars! His brutal nature made Gordon Ramsay sob when the Scottish chef worked under him at Harveys. He is a veteran in the culinary industry. He has trained the likes of Mario Batali and Curtis Stone.
Giada De Laurentiis www.usatoday.com
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Giada De Laurentiis
Giada De Laurentiis, a distinguished Italian American chef, has a net worth of $30 million. She is a cookbook author and a Food Network Star judge and mentor. Laurentiis, along with the Barilla Group, released her first-ever Italian gourmet line. Other than opening up a restaurant in Las Vegas, she has given her voice for quite a few movies.
Rick Bayless disneyparks.disney.go.com
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Rick Bayless
Rick Bayless, a champion of traditional Mexican cooking with a twist, is an author of a ton of cookbooks. Other than releasing eight cookbooks so far, the cordon bleu chef and restaurateur is fondly remembered for his TV series on PBS called Mexico: One Plate at a Time. He has amassed over $30 million. Impressive, right?
Mario Batali www.usatoday.com
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Mario Batali
Mario Batali served an apprenticeship with Marco Pierre White in his early years. At the prime of his life, he had opened around 19 restaurants across the world. The restaurateur went on to release several food products. However, when he faced criminal charges for sexual misconduct, his products were taken off the shelves. Despite that, his net worth in 2020 is over $25 million.
Charlie Ayers www.oneworld.training
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Charlie Ayers
Charles Ayers made a fortune through Google! He was a former executive chef there and made 4,000 dishes per day for the company's cafes. He was given Google shares worth $3.4 million before he left the company in 2005. By 2007, these shares were worth over $20 million. Now, with his Calafia Market a Go-Go chain, we can only imagine how much he must be earning!