TOP FIVE #3: Celebrity Chefs
Move aside Bobby Flay, there are some serious and seriously rich contendors in the culinary world. Here are some up and coming celebrity chefs that are worth looking out for:
1. Bethenney Frankel
While she is more well know for her disagreements with other New York housewives, she is actually a quite accomplished chef with many ideas for simple, healthy cooking. She is two time New York Times bestselling author with her books Naturally Thin and The Skinnygirl Dish.
From her website http://www.bethenny.com/ :
“Frankel, who calls herself a “health foodie” and attended the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, focuses on sharing with others her knowledge and passion for healthy living. In addition to being regularly featured in national publications from The New York Times to the weekly entertainment magazines, she has a monthly column in Health Magazine and is a Contributing Lifestyle Editor to OK! Magazine. She’s also a sought-after guest on national news and entertainment television, where she brings her expertise and irresistibly candid and funny take not only to food segments but to any conversation about living healthy and living well.” Net Worth: $14 Million
2. Giada De Laurentiis
Her sweet smile and easy Italian dishes draw in viewers weekly, and she has expanded her empire from a television show to much more.
From her website: http://www.giadadelaurentiis.com/
“Emmy Award winning personality, Giada De Laurentiis has become a household name. With an impressive background of culinary training and a unique personable charm, she is a globally revered celebrity chef who continues to prove her skill and accessibility not only with her expanding presence beyond Food Network but also with the great success of her cookbooks, brand alliances, newly launched food products and recurring role on the “Today Show.” Net Worth: $15 Million
3. Guy Fieri
He is known for his bleach blonde hair and backwards sunglass wearing. He is a self-proclaimed Guido and takes his viewers on tours across the country to visit the greasiest, most delicious looking burgers.
From his website: http://www.guyfieri.com/
“In 2006, Guy Fieri premiered his first show, Guy’s Big Bite on Food Network. Today, this “Culinary Rock Star” hosts two additional top-rated shows on the network, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives and Ultimate Recipe Showdown and on March 14th, 2010, he made his debut as a game show host on the new NBC primetime series, Minute To Win It.” Net Worth: $3.5 Million
4. Paula Deen
According to Paula Deen, butter should be slathered on everything. She also happens to be the charming southern grandmotherly type who everyone wants to be friends with, and her dishes are as large as her personality.
From her website: http://www.pauladeen.com/
“She is the quintessential American success story, a best-selling author and a television show host, a tastemaker to the stars and to the everyday housewife and family. She is Paula Deen, a down-home, strong willed mom who overcame personal tragedy, long odds, financial and physical challenges to carve one of the most effective and wide ranging entertainment brands that exists today. A brand that is idyllic, inspiring, fun and very much American.” Net Worth: $16 Million
5. Jamie Oliver
His nickname “The Naked Chef” is why many woman tune into his show, however his nickname refers to his philosophy of using simple techniques and ingredients as opposed to his attire.
From his website: http://www.jamieoliver.com/
“Jamie Oliver is a phenomenon in the world of food. He is one of the world’s best-loved television personalities and one of Britain’s most famous exports. Jamie has had huge success with television series The Naked Chef (BBC), Jamie’s Kitchen, Jamie’s School Dinners, Jamie’s Great Italian Escape, Return to School Dinners, Jamie’s Chef, Jamie at Home, Jamie’s Ministry of Food and more recently Jamie Does…. and Food Revolution (ABC), as well as the one-off specials Jamie’s Fowl Dinners, Eat To Save Your Life and Jamie Saves Our Bacon (all for Channel 4).” Net Worth: $25 Million
– Rachel Adelsberger