Eric Ripert is a French chef, author and television personality. He is best known for his work with seafood. As of 2018, Eric Ripert net worth is estimated to be $8 million.
Eric was born on March 2, 1965 in Antibes, France. He had an interest in cooking from a young age and learned cooking looking at his grandmother. When he was young, his family moved to Andorra but he later returned to France and attended a culinary school in Perpignan.
His first job came in 1982 when he was 17 years old. He worked at the La Tour d’Argent; one of the famous restaurants in the world for two years. He then worked at Jamin under Joel Robuchon and was promoted to Assistant Chef de Partie.
Ripert then moved to United States in 1989 where he worked as a sous chef in Watergate Hotel’s Jean Louis Palladin restaurant. Five years later, he became Le Bernardin’s executive chef. In Michelin guide NYC 2006, Le Bernardin was one of four New York City restaurants to be awarded the maximum three Michelin stars for excellence in cuisine. The restaurant also received four starts from the New York Times four consecutive times, making it the only restaurants to maintain that status for a long time.
Apart from that, he is also the Vice Chairman of the board of City harvest working to bring New York’s top chefs and restaurateurs to raise fund and increase the quality of food donations to New York’s neediest.
As a television star, he has made several guest appearances on cooking shows like “Top Chef”. He was also a close friend with Anthony Bourdain who unexpectedly died in France. With Anthony, he has appeared on many episodes like “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations” and “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown”. He has also appeared in television show “Treme” alongside famous chefs like David Chang, Wylie Dufresne and Tom Colicchio.
As an author, Eric has published several books like “On the Line”, “A Return to Cooking”, “Le Bernardin- Four Star Simplicity”, “My Best: Eric Ripert” and “32 Yolks: From My Mother’s Table to Working the Line”.
In 1997, his restaurant was awarded Best Restaurant in America by GQ. James Beard Foundation named him “Top Chef in New York City” in 1998, “Outstanding Service Award” in 1999 and “Outstanding Chef of the Year” in 2003.
Regarding his personal life, he is married to Sandra and have a son named Adrian.