Nearly all celebrity chefs have one thing in common -- a fairytale-like rise from poverty and obscurity to fame and fortune.
Paula Deen (who just announced she has type 2 diabetes), was a young bank teller in Savannah, Martha Stewart used to babysit for New York Yankees' kids, and Guy Fieri's big break was winning Food Network's The Next Food Network Star.
Since celebrity has come calling, these chefs have traded in their apartments for luxurious digs worthy of the television shows, book deals, and personal appearances they're known for. With the help of TopTenRealEstateDeals.com, we've put together a list of the poshest homes for a peek at the lavish world of cooking on the small screen.
5. Guy Fieri
Guy is probably the freshman on this list, having inked a deal for his first show with Food Network in 2006. But that doesn't mean he's not going big. In 2007, Fieri bought this 4BR, 3BA home on Marsh Road in Santa Rosa, California. The house sits on 1.2 acres of land and comes with a 900-square-foot custom kitchen. That's bigger than most of the condos we live in.
4. Paula Deen
The queen of butter began cooking in her 20s, when a severe case of agoraphobia caused her to not leave her house for years. Young Paula turned to cooking, before she was well enough to start working at a bank, which led to an empire built on a solid foundation of butter. Her 4,800-square-foot Savannah home exudes Southern charm. It has to -- it's where she actually films her show. The house features an extra-large custom kitchen, a boat pier, and a makeup room so Deen can prep and primp before taping.
3. Rachael Ray
From Macy's shop girl to America's sweetheart, Rachael Ray has built an empire that includes a daytime talk show, multiple Food Network projects, a magazine, books, and a host of products bearing her name (including a dog food line). Her Hamptons house can compete with the other movers and shakers who own property in the tony New York beach community like Jerry Seinfeld and Renee Zellweger. Her compound on Tuckahoe Lane sits on 6.2 acres and includes two guest houses and a main house around a large pool. Ray bought it with husband John Cusimano in 2008 for $2.9 million.
2. Emeril Lagasse
Anyone want to buy a townhouse in New York City? It seems Emeril Lagasse is downsizing and wants to flip his 6,900-square-foot pad on 158 E 61st Street, according to Forbes. The six-story house has an asking price of $15 million, by the way. Lagasse still has his home in New Orleans and is apparently shopping for humbler digs in the Big Apple.
1. Martha Stewart
The queen of cooking, crafting, and manners has been through a lot -- humble beginnings, a stint in prison, and the cancellation of her show -- but somehow Martha Stewart still turns up like a shiny penny. Her 152-acre estate in Katonah, New York, is worth around $15.2 million. With five houses, formal gardens, office space, and a gym, Martha has plenty of room to whip up a bundt cake any time she wants.
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