Being a chef is nothing less than being a business tycoon these days. Many chefs, around the globe, today are among the richest persons in the world. They combine their skills and knowledge towards making some of the greatest dishes that we crave for. Let’s take a look into the 10 best celebrity chefs around the globe.
10 Best Celebrity Chefs in the World Today:
10. Bobby Flay
50 year old American celebrity chef, restaurateur and reality television personality Bobby Flay a Culinary Hall of Fame inductee, and among his many awards are French Culinary Institute Outstanding Graduate Award, James Beard Foundation’s Rising Star Chef of the Year and New York Magazine Gael Greene’s Restaurant of the Year – Mesa Grill. His earning for 2012 was estimated at 9 million dollars. His famous restaurants include Bar Americain, Bobby’s Burger Palace, Bobby Flay Steak, etc.
9. Nobu Matsuhisa
Known for blending traditional Japanese dishes with South American (Peruvian) ingredients, 65 year old chef Nobu Matsuhisa is the owner of some of the top class restaurants in the world including Nobu Los Angeles, Nobu Next Door, Nobu Fifty-Seven, Masuhisa Athens, Nobu Perth, Nobu Mexico City ,etc. His signature dish is black cod in miso. >> 10 Amazing Alive Foods in the World.
8. Tom Colicchio
52 year old American celebrity chef Tom Colicchio, who gained worldwide recognition when he became the recipient of five James Beard Foundation Medals. He came to be known by the public through the TV series ‘Top Chef’. He has been the head judge for all its seasons. He has so far released four cookery books – Think Like a Chef, Craft of Cooking: Notes and Recipes from a Restaurant Kitchen, Wichcraft: Craft a sandwich into a meal—and a meal into a sandwich and Top Chef: The Cookbook. He also is the proud owner of restaurants like Craft, Craftbar, Craftsteak, Riverpark, Topping Rose House, etc.. >> 10 Amazingly Beautiful Meals.
7. Alain Ducasse
58 year old Monégasque chef Alain Ducasse is the first chef to own restaurants carrying three Michelin Stars in three cities. This feat has been achieved by his restaurant, Alain Ducasse at The Dorchester. Besides, he is only one of two chefs in the world to hold 21 Michelin stars throughout his career. His earning for the year 2008 and 2012 has been identified at 5 million dollars and 12 million dollars. Some of his famous restaurants are La Cour Jardin, Le Grill, Le Jules Verne, 59 Poincaré, La Trattoria, Tamaris, Rivea, Spoon and Trattoria Toscana L’Andana, among many others. He has been featured as a special guest in the US and Italian versions of ‘MasterChef’. >> 10 Most Disgusting Delicacies.
6. Todd English
54 year old American celebrity chef Todd English is the owner of the famous restaurant Olives, which was opened in 1989. He is also a restaurateur, author, and television personality. He is the host of the TV show ‘Food Trip with Todd English’. Some of his other restaurants are Figs, Da Campo Osteria, Todd English Food Hall, BlueZoo, Plaza Food Hall, Ember Room, Bonfire, Beso, Kingfire, etc. According to Forbes, his earning for the year 2012 has been 11 million dollars.
5. Rachael Ray
46 year old American television personality, businesswoman, celebrity chef and author Rachael Ray was the highest earning chef in the year 2008 with an earning of 18 million dollars. In 2012, she placed second in Forbes list if richest chefs, with an earning of 25 million dollars. She expertise in making dishes that require 30 minutes or less. She has penned many cookbooks throughout her life such as 30 Minute Meals, Comfort Foods, Rachael Ray’s Open House Cookbook, $40 a Day: Best Eats in Town, The Book of Burger My Year in Meals, Yum-O! The Family Cookbook, Rachael Ray 365: No Repeats: A Year of Deliciously Different Dinners, etc. In 2012, she won the People’s Choice Award for Favorite TV Chef.
4. Wolfgang Puck
65 year old Austrian born American celebrity chef, restaurateur, and occasional actor Wolfgang Puck is one of the busiest and most sought after chefs in the business. In 2013, Puck was inducted into the Culinary Hall of Fame. His restaurants including Spago Beverly Hills and CUT Beverly Hills have won Michelin stars. His books include Modern French Cooking for the American Kitchen, Wolfgang Puck Makes it Easy, Adventures in the Kitchen with Wolfgang Puck, etc. His famous restaurants include Postrio, Wolfgang Puck Bar and Grill Summerlin, Springs Preserve Café, The Source Trattoria del Lupo, WP24 by Wolfgang Puck, etc..
3. Gordon Ramsay
If there is one chef who is looks and only looks for perfection in his work, it is none other than Gordon Ramsay. The 48 year old Scottish born British chef and restaurateur, who became the third person in the world to win three Catey Awards, has sp far written 21 books including Gordon Ramsay’s Passion For Flavour, Gordon Ramsay’s Healthy Appetite, Gordon Ramsay’s Great Escape: 100 of my favourite Indian recipes, Gordon Ramsay’s Sunday Lunch and other recipes from the F word, etc. He also has been part of various reality TV shows including Hell’s Kitchen, The F Word, and Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, MasterChef, MasterChef Junior and Hotel Hell, where is known to evoke fear in contestants. With an earning of 38 million dollars, he was the richest chef in the world in 2012.
2. Paula Deen
67 year old American celebrity chef and cooking show television host Paula Deen is one of the top players in the culinary world. She has penned many coking books including The Lady & Sons Savannah Country Cooking and The Lady & Sons Savannah Country Cooking 2, both of which specialises in traditional southern American dishes. Her famous restaurants include The Lady & Sons restaurant, Uncle Bubba’s Oyster House and Owen Shephard’s Finest. >> 10 Bizarre Foods That People Usually Eat.
1. Mario Batali
54 year old American chef, writer, restaurateur and media personality Mario Batali, who specialises in Italian cuisines, is one of the world class chefs that we have today. He is a Culinary Hall of Fame inductee, Michelin Guide Star winner, winner of “Best Chef: New York City” from the James Beard Foundation, among others. His famous restaurants include Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca, Lupa Osteria Romana, Italian Wine Merchant, Esca, Otto Enoteca Pizzeria, Casa Mono, Bar Jamon, Del Posto, etc. He earned 3 million dollars and 13 million dollars in 2008 and 2012 respectively.