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Top Earning Chefs...Really?

I guess they are using the "Chef" title a bit more loosely that I do.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07...

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  1. One common thread among the ten chefs on our list is that it is no longer enough for a chef to just own restaurants. Restaurant margins, especially at the fanciest locations, are notoriously thin. In order to make real money, chefs need TV shows, merchandise and even magazines.
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    LiveRock, this boxed message within the article should clarify the context very easily. No different in any other entertainment biz.

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    1. re: HillJ

      I may be unaware, but I didn't think that Ducasse has merchandise, a magazine or an
      on-going TV presence.

    2. It's easier for the to say, "Chef", than "Food Personality and/or Restauranteur and/or Cooking Product Hawker".

        1. I doubt that list is accurate. I'm sure there are a number of well off "culinary personalities" who prefer to keep their financial status private.

          Guy Fieri worth more than Emeril Lagasse? I doubt it.

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          1. re: ChefJune

            "Guy Fieri worth more than Emeril Lagasse? I doubt it"

            Current income, I think it's possible. He's still making a ton of money, but I dont think he's making as much as he was 10 years ago when he was everywhere on tv and his books were bestsellers. He has a lot of restaurants, but the margins on restaurants are often very thin!

            1. re: twyst

              And Emeril sold his 'brandname' to Martha some years ago.

          2. Please. It's like saying a trust fund baby who gets a $20 million allowance and cooks at a restaurant as a hobby is a top earning chef. If Gordon Ramsay is a top earning chef, why can't his restaurants pay its bills?