What happens when creativity and innovation are combined with entrepreneurial skills? You get a life very similar to that of the Momofuku founder. David Chang, who shows his creativity and innovation in the food industry as a chef. He has amassed a considerable fortune by combining these skills and has become one of America’s most respected and respected personalities.
What you can know about the chef is that we have taken a look at how well his career as a chef and restaurateur has helped him financially, as well as the ventures that have consolidated his fame in America’s public space. Take a look at this below.
David Chang’s Net Worth
Perhaps working as a chef has been a passionate career over the past few decades, a career that has not brought as much financial reward as other professions, such as doctors or technical experts, but that has changed recently with the arrival of cooking shows and restaurant chains. Through this and more, David Chang has accumulated a personal net worth of $60 million, a figure that makes him one of the richest chefs in the world.
David Chang’s net worth stems primarily from his entrepreneurial success as founder of the Momofuku Restaurant Group, which was established in 2004. He has more than thirty restaurants in his portfolio, spread across America and Asia.
And although a number of restaurants alone are no guarantee of a net value of $60 million, David Chang has ensured this value by providing excellent service in all his restaurants, as evidenced by a resume filled with awards from food industry quality watchdogs such as James Beard Awards, Bon Appetit, Michelin Guide, Gourmet Traveller and New York Magazine.
Just behind the restaurant chains from which David Chang draws his fortune lies his television career, in which he has appeared on more than 25 shows, including The Mind of a Chef and Ugly Delicious, two cooking shows he hosts, the latter of which he also produces. He has also appeared on popular shows such as Billions, The Chef Show, Top Chef Canada, Top Chef, Treme, MasterChef Australia, and several others.
What is He Famous For?
Another source that contributes to the net worth of the famous chef is his writing. Together with his popular collaborator Peter Meehan, he has published a book, Momofuku. They also had a food magazine, Lucky Peach, which they published from 2011 to May 2017 and which was a regular bestseller in the New York Times until they stopped its publication. All this has resulted in a net worth of $60 million for the Vienna, Virginia-born chef.
We have talked about how David Chang earned his net worth through his career as a chef and restaurateur – both of which are also the reason for his fame. His path to becoming a world-famous chef was not always planned, although he grew up in a family with two restaurants as a business.
He graduated in religious studies and worked in financial positions before deciding to fulfill his wish to become a chef and enroll at the French Culinary Institute in New York City, now the International Culinary Center.
He worked in restaurants such as the Craft Restaurant, Cafe Boulud and a restaurant at the Park Hyatt Hotel before deciding to open his first restaurant, Momofuku Noodle Bar in New York in 2004. This was the beginning of a chain of more than 30 restaurants that made David Chang not only a multimillionaire but also one of the most famous chefs in the world, almost on a par with world-famous names such as Anthony Bourdain and Gordon Ramsay.
Speaking of Anthony Bourdain, David Chang tends to turn against high-profile personalities in the food industry, and he is also known for it. It’s a trait that has earned him the reputation of the bad boy of the food industry, which is characterized by the fact that he was able to get Bourdain to say, famously, that Californian chefs “don’t manipulate food, just put figs on their plates”.
Outside of his restaurant chain, which is spread all over America from New York to California and even Canada, and his bad reputation as a bad boy, he is also known for a number of television shows such as Billions, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, Ugly Delicious, which have cemented his popularity among casual food industry followers. Ultimately, all these shows have contributed to the net worth of David Chang.