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What is Ted Allen’s net worth? Meet ‘Chopped’ host who was part of the original 'Fab Five' of ‘Queer Eye’

As the teams of 'Rock the Block' Season 2 gear up, culinary expert Ted Allen is here to throw an interesting twist their way
Ted Allen has been on some very popular food shows (@thetedallen/ Instagram)
Ted Allen has been on some very popular food shows (@thetedallen/ Instagram)

If you consider yourself a foodie, an amateur chef or even a food show connoisseur, then you definitely know who Ted Allen is. For those not quite sure who is, he happens to be host of 'Chopped', but that doesn't even cover half of his rather illustrious career.

While he's not a professional chef, his career in the food and television industry has been a long-standing one, which ultimately led him to become a household name.

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He started his career as a writer

Allen started his career as a copy editor for ' Journal & Courier'. Shortly after earning an MA in Journalism, he went on to work as a reporter of the Lerner Newspaper in Chicago. His journey as a food critic began when he joined a group review team known as the 'Famished Four'. The bi-weekly review was the brainchild of Leah A Zeldes, the Lerner food editor. Incidentally, the then entertainment editor Barry Rice was also a part of the team. Rice later married Allen. Allen also wrote for the Chicago Magazine and went on to become its senior editor, where he wrote about all things food, wine and about the culinary world. In 1997, he joined Esquire as a contributing editor and co-authored the popular series 'Things a Man Should Know'. He is also a celebrated author and has two cookbooks to his name — 'The Food You Want to Eat: 100 Smart, Simple Recipes' and 'In My Kitchen: 100 Recipes and Discoveries for Passionate Cooks.'

He was a part of the original 'Fab Five'

Long before Antoni Porowski took on the role of the culinary expert and eye candy on Netflix's 'Queer Eye', it was Ted Allen who donned the role of the food and wine specialist on the show. The series was an instant hit even back then and led Allen to become a house-hold name. Allen's career as a TV host has seen him on some of the most coveted culinary shows such as 'Chopped', 'The Best Thing I Ever Ate' and as a judge on 'Iron Chef' and 'Top Chef'.

His net worth is...

As a TV host, judge, writer and author, it's safe to assume that Allen make a pretty penny. His net worth is estimated to be around $5 million, as reported by Celebrity Net Worth. One thing is for sure, Allen definitely knows his way around a kitchen. So it comes as no surprise that he makes a special appearance on Season 2 of 'Rock the Block' and with him, comes an interesting kitchen twist for the team. Will they be able to rise up to the challenge? Looks like we'll soon find out!

Catch season 2 of 'Rock The Block' on Mondays at 9 pm ET/PT on HGTV and you can stream the same on Discovery+.