When it comes to food inspiration and influence, celebrity chefs seem to have us all drooling with anticipation for their next culinary creations. From Michelin Star restaurants to picture-perfect cookbooks and homecooked meals that soon become staples, many celebrity chefs have built delicious careers based on their near-perfect kitchen skills. As hungry consumers, we are given the opportunity to learn their tricks of the trade while forever expanding our knowledge of the differences between things like baking soda versus baking powder — and why the accuracy of measurements is not to be tampered with.
Whether they’ve built an empire all on their own or leaned on the credibility of popular food shows and their dedicated audiences, celeb chefs (and celebrities who have become known for their cooking) are building that cheddar and laughing all the way to the bank. So, who’s the richest of them all? We’ve rounded up a selection of some of the richest celeb chefs and celebrities who are well-known for their cooking, according to available online sources Celebrity Net Worth, Popular Net Worth and Wealthy Gorilla (note: all numbers are estimated and in US dollars).
Marcus Samuelsson (Estimated net worth: $5 million)
According to Celebrity Net Worth, he has an estimated net worth of about $5 million.
Antoni Porowski (Estimated net worth: $8 million)
Born in Montreal, Quebec, Porowski would later move to New York City to pursue a career in acting while perfecting his cooking skills by relying on her grandmother’s techniques. He dabbled in television and film roles during the 2010s and worked in food service to cover his rent. He began as a busboy at a family-run Polish restaurant before working his way up in the restaurant industry as a waiter and sommelier, eventually managing the sushi restaurant BondSt. He landed his role on Queer Eye in 2017 and inked his cookbook deal by 2018, further solidifying himself as an expert and trusted foodie.
Celebrity Net Worth estimates his net worth at about $8 million.
Laura Prepon (Estimated net worth: $12 million)
Kristin Cavallari (Estimated net worth: $30 million)
Created in a collaboration with chef Mike Kubiesa, Cavallari’s cookbooks are both New York Times bestsellers. Her first cookbook, True Roots, focuses on “recipes free of gluten, dairy and refined sugar,” while the follow-up, True Comfort, focuses on “cozy recipes” that are free of gluten and refined sugar.
Celebrity Net Worth estimates her fortune at about $30 million.
Chrissy Teigen (Estimated net worth: $75 million)
Teigen’s foray into the food world began in 2015 when she was hired as a food stylist and panelist on Tyra Banks's daytime talk show, FABLife. In 2016, she released her first cookbook, Cravings: Recipes for All of the Food You Want to Eat, quickly becoming a New York Times bestseller and the second-best-selling cookbook of that year. In September 2018, she released her second book, titled Cravings: Hungry for More, which coincided with a line of cookware sold at Target. By 2019, she launched her YouTube channel, Cravings, featuring lifestyle content mainly consisting of food and family content. She released a third best-selling cookbook, Cravings: All Together, in late 2021.
Celebrity Net Worth estimates her net worth at about $75 million.
Gwyneth Paltrow (Estimated net worth: $200 million)
Celebrity Net Worth estimates her net worth at about $200 million.
Gordon Ramsay (Estimated net worth: $220 million)
He first came to fame in 1999 on the British television miniseries Boiling Point and quickly became one of the most influential chefs in the world.
No stranger to being blunt, fiery and leaning on profanity to get his point across, Ramsay had no problem securing additional television series, some of which include Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, Masterchef, Masterchef Junior, Hotel Hell and his latest series Next Level Chef.
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Ramsay's fortune is an estimated $220 million.