Updated: Sep 28, 2021
Round-up of the chefs bringing home the bread like Beyonce.
Curious to know who's really bringing in the dough? Here is our top 10 list of the highest earning chefs that might make you want to switch your commitment to becoming a rock star for an apron instead.
10. Anthony Bourdain
Number 10 on the list is Anthony Michael Bourdain, chef, television personality, and author. Born on 25th June, 1956, in New York City, New York, his popular shows have won him more than 9 daytime emmys among other prestigious awards. His most famous book Kitchen Confidential was released in 2002.
Total net worth: $6 million
9. Ana Quincoces
After a successful career in business and law, and raising two daughters, and starring on the Real Housewives series, Ana Quincoces then wrote her first book Cuban Chicks Can Cook cementing her as an icon in the food industry.
Total Net Worth: $7 million
8. Paula Deen
Butter queen and celeb chef, Paula Deen learned how to cook from her grandmother, starting her career making sandwiches in her home kitchen after losing her job at the bank while trying to raise her sons. From those humble, boot-strapping beginnings, Paula opened her first successful restaurant in Savannah, Georgia before going on to become the "down-home" darling of the Food Network.
Total net worth: $16 million
7. Mario Batali
Mario Francesco Batali is an Italian American Chef, restaurateur, writer and personality in media. Batali is proud of his history and culture and a favorite among Italians and Americans. Mario was born on 19th September, 1960, Seattle, Washington and attended in Rutgers University for Business Management and Spanish Theatre. His Career in cooking started at Stromboli restaurant working as a waiter before going on to perfect his talent at the Four Seasons Hotel in San Francisco.
Total net worth: $25 million
6. Ina Garten
A woman of class, Ina Rosenberg Garten is also an author and host of long-running Food Network program Barefoot Contessa. Having worked in the White House as a budget and management officer, she was then was featured in popular television show which set the path for her success. Her reputation is built on skill and has won her an Emmy.
Total net worth: $44 million
5. Emeril Lagasse
Emeril Lagasse or "John" is a celebrity chef, Restaurateur, cookbook author and television personality famous for his New Orleans style and attitude. Emeril found his passion for the kitchen when working at a Portuguese Bakery Company at a very young age.
Total net worth: $50 million
4. Rachael Ray
Rachael Ray Domenica is a household name, ranked as richest female chef in the world. Apart from her simple cooking techniques, Ray is also a well known television personality, cookbook author, and host of a bevy of shows, in addition to her successful line of products. She is also known for her dedication to helping families in need, cooking and delivering meals.
3. Wolfgang Puck
Ranked 3rd in our list, this wildly successful Austrian restaurateur, celebrity chef and occasional actor is well known in Hollywood and beyond. Featured on shows like MasterChef, Hell’s Kitchen and even Crime Scene investigation, Puck is supported also by his line of frozen meals and other products.
Total net worth: $75 million
2. Gordon Ramsay
No surprise here, coming in at #2 is the famously feisty chef, Gordon Ramsey. Television personality, chef and restaurateur, everything this chef touches turns to gold. His famous show Kitchen Nightmares gained international fame and gave way to other spin off shows abroad in Italy, Spain, and the UK.
Total net worth: $175 million
1. Jamie Oliver
Clocking in at the top, another golden boy (I think we need some ladies in this spot soon!), chef Jamie Oliver from Britain. In addition to his boyish charm, he has become a leader and spokesperson for eating real food. His revolution became world famous as we watched him try to change the lives of people around the world by educating them on what goes into their food. He also owns Fifteen Charity, a training restaurant for young chefs.
Total net worth: $400 million