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Introduction

Who are the richest celebrity chefs in the world?

In this current age, Chefs are given more attention as opposed to how the situation was like years back.

To be honoured with a couple of Michelin stars is not an easy task because becoming an international professional Chef is not simple.

To say the least, the very first Chef on the list starts with a net worth of $20 Million – and with this, one can see how lucrative the business is.

In this post, we will be dealing with the top 20 richest celebrity Chefs in the world.

Sit back and enjoy!

20. Tom Colicchio

Net Worth: $20 Million

The first Celebrity Chef on the list is Tom Colicchio.

The professional Cook is the owner of Craft and Colicchio & Sons restaurants – where most of his wealth is believed to come from.

He is also a writer of three prominent cooking books which are:

  1. Wichcraft : Craft a Sandwich into a Meal–and a Meal into a Sandwich -2009
  2. Craft of Cooking: Notes and Recipes from a Restaurant Kitchen – 2003
  3. Think Like a Chef – 2000

19. Guy Fieri

Net Worth: $20 million

Guy Fieri is a popular figure in American food tv.

He commands $20 million net worth which is attributed to his three booming eateries in California.

The celebrity Chef is a combination of Great personality with excellent Cooking skills.

He has demonstrated these virtues through several appearances on The Food Network.

18. Mario Batali

Net Worth: $25 million

On the 18th spot is Mario Batali – a man who has a rare kind of love for cooking.

He attended “Le Corden Bleu cooking school” but afterwards he decided to leave the college to do an internship with Marco Pierre White; a prominent London chef.

That was the beginning of his success story and today, that decision has brought him a current net worth of $25 million.

17. Rick Bayless

Net Worth: $30 Million

Rick Bayless is the 17th richest celebrity chef in the world.

Here is a list of awards won by Rick Bayless:

  1. Best New Chef award by Food and Wine magazine – 1988
  2. Humanitarian of the year award by James Beard Foundation – 1998
  3. Best Chef Midwest (CHICAGO) award by the James Beard Foundation – 2002
  4. National Chef of the Year award by the James Beard Foundation -1995
  5. Outstanding Restaurant (for Topolobampo), award by the James Beard Foundation – 1995
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16. Giada De Laurentiis

Net Worth: $30 million

Deciding to becomes a Chef in the professional settings, Giada De Laurentiis attended Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.

Today she has written 9 cook publications and established 3 restaurants.

She has also won several awards and has an approximated net worth of $30 million.

15. Bobby Flay

Net Worth: $30 million

Bobby Flay’s rose to fame tells a story of passion and commitment.

The American was sponsored by his (eatery) boss who was impressed with the young motivated lad.

He graduated and was part of the first-ever graduating tier of the French Culinary Institute.

Today, the chef has lots of successful restaurants operating in the United States and has also written several cookbooks.

14. Marco Pierre White

Net Worth: $40 million

Coming in next, Marco Pierre White occupies the 14th spot on the list of richest celebrity chefs in the world.

He was professionally tutored by Albert and Michel Roux at Le Gavroche.

This marked the beginning of his success story as he later moved on to win a record-breaking three Michelin stars at age 32.

The celebrity chef is also a prominent figure in the nutrition industry and most of the food programmes, he is likely involved in.

13. Levi Roots

Net Worth: $45 million

Keith Valentine Alexander David Bright Graham short named Levi Roots is the world’s 13th richest Celebrity Chefs.

He is a popular figure in the food industry in the United Kingdom and has written several cookbooks.

12. Charlie Ayers

Net Worth: $45 million

Charlie Ayers is a retired executive chef at Google.

The popular celebrity chef also earned a good portion of his $45 million net worth at Calafia Café / Calafia Market a Go-Go chain.

11. Vikram Vij

Net Worth: $50 million

Vikram Vij roots in India but is a popular Canadian Celebrity with an amazing net worth of $50 million.

He has supported the movement of popular food-related programmes such as the Sustainable Seafood Program and UBC Farm fundraisers.

10. Ina Garten

Net Worth: $50 million

Ina Garten sits among the top 10 richest celebrity chefs in the world.

She did not go for any legal or formal tutorage on food but has earned her spot among the top richest chefs.

The popular cook started with a “gourmet food store” before later attaining financial success.

9. Jose Andrés

Net Worth: $50 million

Jose Andrés is the 9th richest celebrity chef in the world.

The culinary architect is one of the best selling cookbook authors in the New York Times.

He has also featured in several food television shows/programmes and commands an incredible net worth of $50 million.

8. David Chang

Net Worth: $60 million

David Chang is the owner of several food ventures.

The Chef and business tycoon has earned 2 Michelin stars for Momofuku Ko in New York City

He is also the founder of the popular Netflix series programme: Ugly Delicious and is a winner of numerous awards.

7. Emeril Lagasse

Net Worth: $70 million

Emeril Lagasse is a successful and one of the richest celebrity chefs in the world.

He spent much of his career days in France – learning the business and when he later went back to the United States, things were forced to change.

He initially assumed the position of an executive chef at legendary New Orleans restaurant Commander’s Palace for 7 years.

The zealous Chef later built his food empire and began to generate annual revenue of $150 million.

6. Rachael Ray

Net Worth: $80 million

Rachael Ray is one of the most passionate and richest Celebrity chefs in the world.

The food television personality believes in sharp and simple cooking as she opines that this method brings out the best in meals.

She also generates income from her variety of “Nutrish pet diets”.

5. Wolfgang Puck

Net Worth: $90 million

Among the top 5 richest celebrity chefs in the world is Wolfgang Puck.

The Chef is a proud owner of several premium restaurants and has featured in a couple of food TV shows.

With six cook publications to his name, he has an estimated net worth of $90 million.

4. Thomas Keller

Net Worth: $130 million

Thomas Keller is one of the top richest celebrity chefs in the world.

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The chef had a little beginning – he improved from one status to the other before attaining financial success and worldwide popularity.

The cook currently has a network of roughly
$130 million in 2021.

3. Nobu Matsuhisa

Net Worth: $200 million

Coming in third on the list, Nobu Matsuhisa is a cook that is well renounced for preparing sweet Asian delicacies.

He has two popular establishments: Nobu Hospitality and Matsuhisa Restaurants, which has done well in broadening his international status and global recognition.

The Japanese Chef boost a net worth of $200 million.

2. Gordon Ramsay

Net Worth: $220 million

Missing the top spot on the list, Gordon Ramsay is the second richest celebrity chef in the world.

The Celebrity Chef’s total net worth is a combination of his career in the kitchen as well as involvement in Television shows.

1. Jamie Oliver

Net Worth: $300 million

Beating all others on the list, the crown for the richest Celebrity Chef in the world goes to Jamie Oliver.

The British chef was trained in River Café, Italy and has done exceeding well to distribute approximately 40 million cookbooks.

With a mission to change the world’s eating lifestyles, the cook has an international line of restaurants that provide meals of high nutritional content.

Today, he has an approximated net worth of $300 – more than any other chef.

Conclusion

Becoming a Chef is gradually evolving to be a lucrative business choice – the list presented above speaks high volumes of it.

They (The chefs) have maximised and utilized their cooking skills and as such, their equivalent net worth is a motivation for upcoming entrepreneurs.

With these figures, the importance and value of providing quality nutrition to the populace are now considered a good career option.

Here is a timely summary for the 20 Richest Celebrity Chefs in the World:

  1. Jamie Oliver
  2. Gordon Ramsay
  3. Nobu Matsuhisa
  4. Thomas Keller
  5. Wolfgang Puck
  6. Rachael Ray
  7. Emeril Lagasse
  8. David Chang
  9. Jose Andrés
  10. Ina Garten
  11. Vikram Vij
  12. Charlie Ayers
  13. Levi Roots
  14. Marco Pierre White
  15. Bobby Flay
  16. Giada De Laurentiis
  17. Rick Bayless
  18. Mario Batali
  19. Guy Fieri
  20. Tom Colicchio

Princewill Ubaha is an electrical engineer by profession, a content writer by perspiration, and an Akwa Ibomite by birth. He always believed that the habit of persistence is the habit of victory.

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