Future Food Network Star Salary

Future Food Network Star Salary

Future Food Network Star Salary

Ever wonder what celebrity chefs make? We scoured articles in The New York Times, L.A. Times, and The Washington Post to see what food stars are paid at some of the top restaurants in America. And as part of this study, we estimated the average salary for chains like Outback Steakhouse and Starbucks.


The size of the contract, which was signed last month, is surprising considering Discovery has a reputation for paying modest fees to even its most popular hosts. Fieri declined to comment on his TV earnings, which Forbes pegs at roughly $26 million a year. In comparison, celebrity chef Emeril Lagasse was paid around $8 million a year by the Food Network in the early 2000s, but that was unusual. These days the earnings for top talent on the network’s HGTV and flagship Discovery Channel is still usually capped at seven-figures.

The signing marks another milestone for Fieri, whose first food business was selling pretzels out of a stand at 10 years old. He later studied cooking in Chantilly, France and attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas to learn about hospitality management. His first restaurants focused on Tex-Mex food in Santa Rosa, California. Fieri got to the Food Network in 2006 after winning the chance to make his own show while competing on the second season of Next Food Network Star. His six-episode series Guy’s Big Bite started off slow. Fieri made less than $1,000 an episode. (Source: www.forbes.com)


Fieri has fronted 14 series on Food Network, still owns his original restaurants in Santa Rosa, California, and has his name attached to 80 kitchens worldwide. Last year he joined the trend of celebrity-branded ghost kitchens when he started his delivery-only business called Flavortown Kitchen; it now has 175 locations nationwide through low-volume kitchens owned by Planet Hollywood CEO Robert Earl. Flavortown Kitchen is run by Virtual Dining Concepts, a startup founded by Earl, which also sells Mariah Carey’s cookies, Mario Lopez’s tortas and DJ Pauly D’s salami-heavy subs. Other celebrity lines include weed-loving rapper Wiz Khalifa’s munchies-friendly snacks sold through Ordermark, a Softbank-funded competitor to Virtual Dining.

There’s still a chance Flay stays at Food Network, where Forbes estimates he has been making seven figures. But he could move to a streaming service where paydays for creators have skyrocketed in recent years. Competition among streamers like Netflix, Hulu, HBOMax, Amazon and newer entrants Discovery+ and Peacock have reshaped the power dynamics between TV networks and their hosts. Hosts can now jump to a different platform and double or triple their salaries. WME, the agency for Flay, declined to comment, citing a policy of not commenting on active negotiations, but if recent deals are any indication, Flay could possibly land a contract worth as much as $100 million. (Source: www.forbes.com)



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