For those who aren’t fans of cooking, it may seem like a waste of time to spend hours theorizing and mixing different ingredients to create a new recipe, but for someone like Michael Symon, who is passionate about the art of cooking, it’s really a path to financial success. Through his career as a chef and television presenter, Michael Symon’s fortune has grown considerably during his career in the food industry.
Symon is not only known as a chef, but also as one of the most famous faces on TV, especially to fans of cooking shows, and this has made him a rich and successful person. But how rich is the popular chef? You can find out below, as well as the way he earns his money.
Michael Symon’s Net Worth
The days when your mother encouraged you to stay in the kitchen with her while she cooked may have turned out to be a waste of time, but it was not the case with Michael Symon. The renowned chef now has a net worth of $4 million that he earned through his career as a trained chef.
As a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in New York, Michael Symon acquired his net worth mainly through the food industry by various means, and in the following section, we will look in more detail at how each means brought him his fortune.
How Does Michael Symon Make Money From Food Reality Shows?
For a man who grew up in a modest family, his net worth of $4 million is a dream come true, and it all started in Cleveland, Ohio, where Michael Symon was born and raised. After graduating from culinary school, he began working as a chef in a restaurant in Cleveland. He worked in restaurants such as Player’s, Piccolo Mondo and Caxton Café, with Piccolo Mondo being the place where he made a name for his style.
As his name grew in Cleveland, Michael Symon, in partnership with the woman who later became his wife Liz Shanahan, ventured into the restaurant business and opened his Lola outlet in February 1997. The restaurant became a success and received excellent reviews from Gourmet Magazine, which declared his first restaurant one of the best in America.
After the success of his first restaurant, he opened several others, such as Parea, Roast, Bar Symon, BSpot, Angeline and several others, all of which were so successful that they made an immeasurable contribution to Michael Symon’s net worth.
But while he has been a huge success as a restaurant owner, his popularity and the other major contribution to Michael’s $4 million net worth is his career as a television personality, which includes appearances on reality shows.
The Cleveland-born chef debuted in 1998 in the documentary And Then We Ate… and then appeared in two episodes of the series Melting Pot in 2002. While appearing on various television shows, he has earned most of his income from longstanding appearances on reality shows, and he began appearing on those shows in 2005 when he appeared on Iron Chef America: The Series.
Since his appearance on Iron Chef America: The Series, he has appeared on several other reality shows such as Food Feuds, Cook Like an Iron Chef, Dinner: Impossible, Symon’s Suppers, The Chew, Burgers, Bew and ‘Que, in which he hosted
Other appearances have included Iron Chef Eats, The View, The Dr. Oz Show, All-Star Academy, Southern Fried Everything and the drama Nashville, in which he himself played.
His exact income from each show is not known, but with an average annual salary of more than $300,000 for hosting appearances on cooking shows, Michael Symon is estimated to have earned more than $1 million from his shows, having hosted more than five of them, which has made a huge contribution to his net worth.
Apart from his restaurants and cooking shows, Michael Symon’s net worth has also come from his books. The chef has written more than five cookbooks like Michael Symons Live to Cook: Recipes and Techniques to rock your kitchen, which is his first, along with others like Michael Symons Carnivore: 120 Recipes for Meat Lovers, Michael Symons Play with Fire and a few more.
His fortune has also come from other entrepreneurial ventures such as partnering with companies like Weston Products, Vitamix and Calphalon to create and promote his kitchen and cookware line.