Inspired by their passion for the most basic need of mankind, food, the individuals on this list have found intriguing and innovative ways to make food that much more appealing. From discovering new methods of cooking and pioneering innovative fusions of different cultures to studying a plethora of food cultures and creating a billion dollar empire with food as it's fuel, these celebrity chefs have cooked up more than a few fancy dishes; they have masterfully marketed themselves as more than chefs, as brands. Experts of their craft, they have managed to establish themselves as culinary royalty along the way. Check out the five richest celebrity chefs below.
5 5.Wolfgang Puck-Net Worth: $75 Million
4 Gordon Ramsay - Net Worth: $118 Million
3 3.Paul Bocuse-Net Worth: $185 Million
2 Jamie Oliver-Net Worth: $235 Million
1 Alan Wong-Net Worth: $1.1 Billion ... with a B!
What kind of food can equal billion dollar profits?! Apparently island fusion food can! This Tokyo born chef is one of the founding fathers of popular culinary movement, Hawaiian Regional Cuisine. In 1991, Wong and twelve other chefs collaborated to create an innovative new way to incorporate the culinary cultures of all eight Hawaiian islands. Using only the freshest local ingredients, Hawaiian Regional Cuisine has become largely popular among the island's people. Wong emphasizes the importance of finding and perfecting the most modern methods of food preparation in his three restaurants. Chef Wong has gained quite a bit of notoriety for his culinary works; these include an appearance on The Food Network's hit competition cooking show, Top Chef. He has won numerous awards including the Chef of the Year award by Sante Magazine in 2001. He was also chosen to cook for the annual picnic for members of Congress and their families in 2009 which was hosted by President Obama and took place at the White House. Wong has written two cook books: New Wave Luau (2003) and The Blue Tomato (2010). His three restaurants are The Pineapple Room and Alan Wong's King Street in Oahu, HI as well as Alan Wong's Hawaii in Tokyo Disneyland.
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