YouTube chefs who make a ton of money

It's no secret that being a successful YouTuber can be an incredibly profitable career. While they're not making as much as the A-list actors that grace our movie theater screens, they're still rolling in more bank than most people. Logan Paul, the highest paid YouTuber of 2018 — who is also most famously known as the guy who filmed a dead suicide victim in Japan's Suicide Forrest — made approximately $14.5 million in 2018. Yes, you read that right.

However, the word approximately is key here and with all the other channels mentioned on this list. We'll probably never know exactly how much a majority of these people make, since most of them aren't as high profile as people like Leonardo DiCaprio or even Logan Paul. All we can really do is come up with a range based on things like their subscriber count and views. Of course, they may make more money from things like tour sales, books, DVDs, merchandise, and collaborations, and our list doesn't account for any of that. So, with that in mind, here is a list of YouTube chefs who make a ton of money on their channels — at least as of February 2019.

You Suck At Cooking

Perhaps one of the funniest channels on this list is You Suck At Cooking, featuring an anonymous, faceless chef. All the videos on this channel offer a cynical, satirical approach to the YouTube cooking show formula. He often insults the viewers, throws ingredients across the kitchen, and goes on strange tangents. His recipes are usually pretty simple, showing his viewers how to make the basics like coleslaw, tomato sauce, and a breakfast sandwich. Given the simple recipes, he relies mostly on his hilarious narration to keep him at his 1.6 million subscriber count. If you don't like the enthusiastic and bubbly nature of most TV and YouTube chefs, this is the channel for you.

He's only been around since 2015, so it's quite impressive that his estimated annual income is already between $12.4K and $198.5K. Considering he only uploaded 13 videos in 2018, that means he made between $953 and $15,269 per video. This is an especially impressive feat since You Suck At Cooking has the second lowest number of videos published in 2018 on this list.

Binging with Babish

Perhaps one of the most well-known channels on this list, Binging with Babish, hosted by Andrew Rea, is a channel with over 3.8 million subscribers that recreates dishes from your favorite movies and television shows. Using his signature style of layering voice over narration over shots of him preparing the food with his head cropped out, he creates dishes like "the grey stuff" from Disney's Beauty and the Beast and the dire wolf bread from Game of Thrones. Considering that Rea's channel only started to gain traction in early 2017, this relative newcomer has done an incredible job of becoming and staying relevant in such an ever-changing platform.

According to Social Blade, the channel brings in approximately $98.1K to $1.6M per year. Considering he uploaded 93 videos in 2018, if these approximations are correct, that means he made between $1,054 and $17,204 per video. While this is still a huge range, regardless of which end he's closer to, it's still a significant amount of money.

Rosanna Pansino

Next on the list is Rosanna Pansino, an eponymous channel hosted by the energetic, American chef Rosanna Pansino herself. A frequent collaborator, Pansino has made videos with other YouTube heavy-hitters like The Try Guys and Joey Graceffa. Her channel mainly focuses on baking rather than cooking and her recipes always come out looking perfectly adorable, from her New Year's cookie pops to her mini pumpkin spice latte pops. With her Instagram-ready finished products and on-trend themes, she is a pro at keeping her subscriber count high. In fact, her subscriber count is over 10.8 million, making her the YouTube chef with the highest subscriber count on this list.

However, considering her impressive number of subscribers, it may come as a surprise to know that her estimated annual income is a lower range than Andrew Rea's, even though he has a third of her subscriber count. Pansino's annual income range estimate is $67.3K to 1.1M per year. Since she uploaded 102 videos in 2018, that means that she makes between $659 and $10,784 per video. This is again quite a large range, but still way more than most people on YouTube.

Brothers Green Eats

While you might think based on the name of the channel that these two brothers cook recipes that revolve around veggies or sustainable cooking, you'd be wrong. The "Green" in Brothers Green Eats actually refers to the last name of the two hosts, brother Josh and Mike Greenfield, who officially launched the channel in 2014 after filming two seasons of a similar concept for MTV International. The channel claims to focus on three things: "good vibes, cheap eats, and delicious times." Since many cooking shows feature expensive, complicated recipes, the Greenfield brothers decided to make their own show that not only features affordable recipes, but also teaches cooking novices that the kitchen isn't such a scary place.

With over 1.3 million subscribers, the two probably rake in between 7.6K and 120.8K per year. That means with 54 videos posted in 2018, they make between $140 and $2,237 per video. Once again, even with a range so big, you can't help but wonder if you should quit your job and start making some YouTube videos.

Cupcake Jemma

The second bubbly baker to make this list is London-based Jemma Wilson, host of Cupcake Jemma. Similar to Rosanna Pansino, she creates Instagram-worthy treats that are bright and festive. She has several vegan recipes and also posts videos that are more general baking tips and tricks.  In 2014, she opened up her own bakery in Soho, London called Crumbs and Doilies and her channel was also added to Jamie Oliver's FoodTube Network. Her most popular video is a tutorial on how to make the "Best Ever Rainbow Cake" and has over 4.6 million views.

According to Social Blade, Jemma and her channel pull in between 6K and 95.7K of revenue each year. Considering she made 63 videos in 2018, she averages between $95 and $1,519 per video. She may not be the highest paid YouTuber on this list, but she gets to make cupcakes for a living — not such a shabby gig.

JunsKitchen

The genius behind JunsKitchen is a Japanese cook and YouTube personality named Jun Yoshizuki. Along with this channel, he also hosts another one with his wife, Rachel. Both channels frequently feature videos with one or more of the couple's cats. Since the couple lives in Japan, they frequently use their videos to discuss Japanese culture — especially Japanese food culture. With over 3.3 million subscribers, it doesn't take long to see why the channel is so popular in both Japan and America. Between the adorable cats, skillfully made sushi, and insight into Japanese culture, this channel is surely to remain relevant for years to come.   

From their first video all the way back in 2012, they've made increasingly higher quality and more entertaining content. According to our Social Blade, JunsKitchen brings in approximately 18.6K to 296.8K per year, which is especially impressive considering they only published seven videos in 2018. This means that they make between $2,657 and $42,400 per video, and that JunsKitchen has the lowest number of videos published in 2018 on this list.

How To Cake It

It would be too easy to say that Yolanda Gampp, host of How To Cake It, is just another bubbly baker who makes pretty treats. At first glance she seems to be pretty similar to a few other bakers on this list. She might be bubbly, but Gampp makes no ordinary cakes. She makes delicious cakes that look exactly like everything from Star Wars' BB-8 to a vegemite jar to a piggy bank. She definitely makes Instagram-able cakes, but she also takes it to the next level with her massive, realistic creations. Since the channel's success she's released a line of baking tools and a "cakebook" by the same name. With over 3.9 million subscribers and growing, Gampp doesn't seems to be slowing down anytime soon.

According to Social Blade, Gampp and her channel make between $13.8K and $220.9K per year. Since she published 52 videos in 2018, that means she makes between $265 and $4,248 per video.

How To Cook That

How To Cook That is another baking channel with Australian host Ann Reardon. Her channel is a nice balance between Instagram-able cakes, cakes that look like other things, and Australia-inspired cakes. She bakes recipes that are 200 years old, creates TV themed cakes, and even conquered a Star Wars themed cake. With over 3.5 million subscribers, she charms her viewers with her creative ideas and soothing voice. While she is similar to a few other bakers on this list, she still manages to differentiate herself well enough to make her stand out from the rest. Even though her viewership has fluctuated over the years, she has managed to stay relevant and compete in a saturated market since her first video in 2011.

According to our Social Blade, Reardon and her channel make an estimated $10K to $160.6K per year. Considering the fact that she only uploaded 51 videos in 2018, that means she makes approximately between $196 and $3,149 for each video.

Food Wishes

Food Wishes, a channel hosted by John Mitzewich (better known as Chef John), is more straight-forward than the other cooking channels on this list. Similar to other channels, for each recipe, there is an instructional video on YouTube and a written recipe on his blog, so his viewers can watch him make it and then follow along at their own pace with the text version on the recipe. He also makes a point of excluding himself from the videos. For the most part, he films the utensils and the food and records narration over the videos.

With over 2.7 million subscribers and videos dating back to early 2007, Chef John clearly has no trouble keeping up with trends and keeping his younger viewers interested — an especially impressive feat considering he is the oldest chef on this list at 55. According to Social Blade, Food Wishes likely brings in between $28.2K and $450.7K per year. Since he published 93 videos in 2018, that means he brings in between $303 and $4,846 per video. Considering Food Wishes has been around before YouTube chefs were really a thing, we expect this veteran to be around for a long time. 

Maangchi

Maangchi is hosted by Emily Kim, a Korean-American YouTube personality, chef, and author. Inspired by her heritage, almost every one of her videos is a Korean recipe or inspired by one. Her skills and charisma have gained her so much notoriety that The New York Times dubbed her "YouTube's Korean Julia Child." Given the rise in popularity of Korean culture among Americans, it's no surprise that a channel that makes Korean food accessible to Americans has become so popular. Her professional skills and charming personality make her an ideal host. With over 3.1 million subscribers and a consistently growing number of views, this is one YouTube personality who has solidified her space on the internet.

Annually, Kim makes an estimated salary somewhere between $23.6K and $377.2K. Considering Kim only posted 32 videos in 2018, she pulls in approximately between $737 and $11,787 per video.

Almazan Kitchen

Possibly one of the most unique channels on this list is Almazan Kitchen, hosted by a Serbian chef named Alex Almazan and his Uncle Boki. While the channel does some Serbian inspired dishes, like the Ultimate Serbian Breakfast, the channel's main type of video is delightfully simple. Each one has little text and no narration – it is just a video of the food being prepared with simple tools in the wilderness with the sounds of nature in the background. It's incredibly calming and unlike any other cooking channel anywhere. Almazan explains on his site, "we always wanted to create special experience for our viewers, so we are everything but usual cooking show. Our videos are filmed in wild nature, food is prepared in special custom made cookware using special kitchen tools, we use ancient cooking methods and some really rare ingredients, tho all of our recipes can be easily prepared at home."

According to Social Blade, Almazan Kitchen brings in somewhere between $29.2K and $466.7K annually. Since they uploaded an impressive 103 videos in 2018, they average between $283 and $4,531 per video.

Epic Meal Time

Going as far back as 2010, Epic Meal Time, hosted by the always entertaining Harley Morenstein, has been one of the most popular and beloved food-based YouTube channels. With their most popular video, Fast Food Lasagna, getting over 30.8 million views, the channel has over 7 million subscribers, making them the channel with the second most subscribers on this list, after Rosanna Pansino. A majority of the conent on this channel features Morenstein and his friends creating the most absurd, over-the-top recipes imaginable, like a candy pizza, a 100-pound cookie, and their version of the Turducken. After the channel gained success, it featured guests such as Seth Rogen, Tony Hawk, and Arnold Schwarzenegger and inspired a TV spin-off on FYI called Epic Meal Empire.

Apparently, Epic Meal Time brings in between $7.6 K and 121.8K in annual income. Since they published a whopping 116 videos in 2018, they average between $65 and $1,050 per video. Morenstein might not be the wealthiest YouTuber on this list, but at least the title of his channel is accurate. It is epic indeed.

Byron Talbott

The next charming YouTube chef to make this list is Byron Talbott. At first glance, it might seem like Talbott is just like any other popular YouTube chef who has gained notoriety because of their good looks. But this chef isn't just a pretty face. Not only is Talbott an immensely talented chef, he also is an incredible filmmaker and editor. Some YouTube chefs use their bubbly personalities to set them apart from the pack, while others try to give their channels a comedic twist, but Talbott's approach is much more subtle than that. Not only does Talbott focus on the food (it is a cooking channel after all), but he also makes it look incredible. He uses well-thought-out camera angles and calming narration to really bring art back to cooking. 

However, despite his talent, his estimated income is much lower than most of the other people on this list. According to Social Blade, he makes somewhere between $2.2K and $35.1K. Since Talbott put out 60 videos in 2018, that means he makes between $36 and $585 per video. Even though these numbers can't compete with some of the other YouTube giants on this list, Talbott's talent still earns him a spot.

Laura in the Kitchen

Laura in the Kitchen, hosted by Laura Vitale, an Italian-American chef, makes up another entry on this list. Vitale is yet another chef who has gained popularity on YouTube, despite the fact that she follows the same formula as the traditional television chefs. She has almost a Marta Stewart vibe to her, which might not necessarily be a bad thing, but the likeness definitely dates her and her channel. While Vitale is certainly talented and charming, there's really nothing about the channel that stands out. 

However, despite her relative plain-ness, she has over 3.3 million subscribers and according to Social Blade, makes somewhere between $12.4K and $199.2K per year. Considering she uploaded 95 videos in 2018, she makes between $130 and $2,096 per video.

Of course, that's in addition to the money she probably makes from the Cooking Channel, where her large YouTube following got her a gig as host of her own show, Simply Laura, as well as guest spots on many of their other shows.