When talking about the highest paid professions, people might think about professional athlete or a movie star. Before his sex scandal arises, pro golfer Tiger Woods had an annual income around $100 million. Actor Johny Depp got about the same amount in 2010, just by starred in 3 films. A celebrity chef, although don't generate as much as those jobs, is still considered as one of the highest paid professions.
Celebrity chef is a term used for kitchen chef who has become famous and well-known, mostly because they host their own cooking shows in television. Among the most popular (and richest) ones is Rachael Ray, who has four Food Network programs. Rachael Ray is estimated having around $60 million of net worth, with annual income of $18 million. Those money is not just from her TV shows, but also from endorsements, appearance fee, and cooking book.
These are the ten top-earning celebrity chefs in the world, including their annual income in 2008, according to Forbes.com:
- Rachael Ray, $18 million
- Wolfgang Puck, $16 million
- Gordon Ramsay, $7.5 million
- Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, $5 million
- Alain Ducasse, $5 million
- Paula Deen, $4.5 million
- Mario Batali, $3 million
- Tom Colicchio, $2 million
- Bobby Flay, $1.5 million
- Anthony Bourdain, $1.5 million
The best jobs in the world are the ones where people can do their hobbies/things they like, and get paid a lot for it, and I think athlete, actor, and chef can be included. So, if you really enjoy cooking and trying Chinese food recipes, why you are not considering of becoming a chef, instead of doing an office job that you don't like?
Of course to become a celebrity chef and get paid that sum of money is a long shot. So, how much an "ordinary" chef is actually paid? As any other jobs, chef's salary is depend on many factors, including work environment, your culinary education, working experience, and geographic location. Here are average culinary arts salaries of the middle 50 percent workers in the industry that you can use as a reference, in case you want to pursue a chef career:
|Culinary Job Title||Annual Earnings|
|Cooking Assistant||$22,174 - $28,461|
|Executive Chef||$55,867 - $85,121|
|Executive Pastry Chef||$47,756 - $71,559|
|Food Scientist||$51,021 - $77,563|
|Line Cook||$18,642 - $26,639|
|Restaurant Manager||$38,239 - $56,053|
|Sous Chef||$33,473 - $52,959|
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