Top Paid Chefs In The USA
First we eat, then we do everything else.
Food is definitely an essential part of every individual’s life, but there are those who want to see this necessity as more than just “essential”. These top paid chefs in America have made it their mission to make every meal enjoyable throughout the day. This mission has not only changed their lives, but the lives of those their recipes touch.
#1 Wolfgang Puck (Net Worth: $82.5 Million)
Cooking is like painting or writing a song. Just as there are only so many notes or colors, there are only so many flavors-It’s how you combine them that sets you apart.
– Wolfgang Puck
Wolfgang Puck is one of the most renowned chefs in the world. Originally born in Austria, Puck spent much of his youth in Paris training and working in the most esteemed restaurants: Maxim’s, Hotel de Paris, and L’Oustau de Baumanière. In his early 20’s, Puck ventured to the United States to further his career. Los Angeles became the backdrop of Puck’s rising fame.
After creating his first restaurant, Spago, in the 1970s, Puck took his cooking onto a worldwide scale by catering well-known events such as the Oscars as well as participating as a guest on popular shows such as Good Morning America, The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Tonight Show, etc.
Dishes he has become most known for include the authenticity of his pizzas, using seafood and rare ingredients to create an unforgettable taste.
#2 Rachael Ray (Net Worth: $77.5 Million)
Never be a food snob. Learn from everyone you meet- the fish guy at your market, the lady at the local diner, farmers, cheese makers. Ask questions, try everything and eat up!
– Rachael Ray
Rachael Ray found her passion for cooking in her hometown of New York City. After working in the food industry among family and friends for many years, Ray developed delicious and easy meal classes she called “30 Minute Meals.”
These classes took her cooking career to television which has lead her to winning multiple Emmy awards. For Ray it has been learning from others and enjoying the simple moments.
#3 Bobby Flay (Net Worth:$30 Million)
Cooking is a subject you can never know enough about. There is always something new to discover.
– Bobby Flay
Bobby Flay began his rising restaurant career at age 17. His gifted touch with the culinary arts led him to further his education at the International Culinary Center in New York. After receiving one of the top awards of his class, he later began building restaurants such as Mesa Grill, Bobby’s Burger Palace, and Gato, winning multiple awards for his outstanding cuisine.
Flay’s achievements led him to the television industry where he competed on Iron Chef America. Bobby Flay has since become a popular icon on television resulting from the various shows he has produced including: Throwdown! With Bobby Flay, Bobby’s Dinner Battle, and Worst Cooks in America.
#4 Chris Bianco (Net Worth:$13 Million)
I hope [to] put my life in the same balance that I’ve worked so hard to put into food. I urge other young chefs every day — do as I say not as I did. Putting life in balance is something I can’t stress enough, the importance of that.
– Chris Bianco
Chris Bianco rose to fame after accepting the “James Beard Award for Best Chef” in 2003. To Bianco, there is more to a good meal than just a recipe; it is about the principles behind making them. Bianco’s food philosophies have inspired readers and chefs from Phoenix, Arizona, to all over the globe. He is also well known for the authenticity in crafting a “wood-fired” pizza.
#5 Giada De Laurentiis ( Net Worth:$15 Million)
There’s nothing like a home-cooked meal-nothing! When people ask me what the best restaurant in L.A. is, I say, ‘Uh, my house.’ It’s more intimate. Food can connect people in a forever sort of way.
-Giada De Laurentiis
Although her parents were in the film industry, Giada found her passion in the kitchen. Her italian heritage inspired her to further her education in Paris at Le Cordon Bleu. After graduation, De Laurentiis traveled to Los Angeles to work for prestigious restaurants such as Spago and Ritz Carlton.
Her achievements and further learning in these restaurants later took her to the big screen where she was able to become a part of the Food Network and later start her own show.
Giada has also written best selling novels, some of which include: Giada’s Family Dinners and Everyday Pasta: Favorite Pasta Recipes for Every Occasion.