Gordon Ramsay is US's top-earning chef
For someone who spends so much time judging intricate dishes, Gordon Ramsay sure makes a lot of bread.
A judge on CTV’s “MasterChef,” Ramsay is the top-earning celebrity chef in the United States, and according to Forbes Magazine, no one else comes close. With a number of ratings-friendly primetime shows, a slew of Michelin-rated restaurants and a best-selling book on the shelves, the Scottish-born and British-raised cooking sensation has created a culinary empire.
According to Forbes’ list, Ramsay has a global income of $38 million, with a majority of his riches stemming from his three successful shows, including “MasterChef.” The runner-up is Rachel Ray, who has successfully parlayed stints on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” into hit shows of her own.
Forbes’ 2012 list of the richest celebrity chefs:
1: Gordon Ramsay, $38 million
2: Rachael Ray, $25 million
3: Wolfgang Puck, $20 million
4: Paula Deen, $17 million
5: Mario Batali, $13 million
6: Alain Ducasse, $12 million
7: Todd English, $11 million
8: Nobu Matsuhisa, $10 million
9: Bobby Flay, $9 million
10: Guy Fieri, $8 million