Name a chef (Boyardee doesn’t count.) Some would say Rachel Ray doesn’t count either because she makes “yum-o” foods on the Food Network. Plus she endorses Dunkin’ Donuts.
Rachel Ray is laughing all the way to the bank, coming in as the number one earner at $18 million. Second is Wolfgang Puck at $16 million. The loud and brassy British star of Hell’s Kitchen, Gordon Ramsay, comes in third with $7.5 million.
Next is Nobuyuki Matsuhisa, who started as a sushi chef and now owns the swanky NOBU restaurant line, at $5 million.
Fifth on the list is Alain Ducasse the owner of 22 restaurants, including in Paris and Monaco, but none in NYC.
Sixth is Paula Deen of Food Network fame, making $4.5 million.
Seventh is a culinary school drop out, Mario Batali who made $3 million. The Italian-American has been on Iron Chef America, has written several books, and guest starred in multiple TV shows.
Tom Colicchio, the head judge of Bravo reality show Top Chef, made $2 million for eighth spot.
Bobby Flay, owner and chef of five restaurants ranging from New York City; Las Vegas, Atlantis Paradise Island, Nassau and Atlantic City, New Jersey, made $1.5 million.
Anthony Bourdain, host of Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations on the Travel Channel, tied for tenth, also at $1.5 million.