15 Wealthiest Celebrity Chefs and How They Got Their Starts

Although the average annual salary for an executive chef at a stand-alone restaurant is about $71,000, celebrity chefs are a breed above that number. Chefs such as Wolfgang Puck can earn millions of dollars per year through sales of cookbooks and cooking products, restaurant revenues, and television appearances, let alone their culinary arts. Their celebrity status has made these chefs brands — so when you think about Cajun food, you might think about Emeril Lagasse. The following list of celebrity chefs does not include the likes of Jean-Georges Vongerichten, Paul Prudhomme, Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, and Daniel Boulud, as they don’t publicize their net worth…and, if you’re missing Guy Fieri on this list, it’s because he’s currently worth a mere $3.5 million dollars. (more…)