Molly Yeh is a renowned food blogger, chef, television host and author. The Food Network host is a food enthusiast, blogging about food from her farm girl perspective since 2009.
The Illinois-native now hosts Girl Meets Farm, a TV show on Food Network. She is also a published author, her debut cookbook, Molly on The Range: Recipes and Stories From An Unlikely Life On a Farm, being featured in the New York Times and other publications. She has a net worth of $9 million as of 2022.
Short Bio of Molly Yeh
|Real name||Molly Yeh|
|Date of Birth||22nd May 1989|
|Ethnicity||Half Jewish, half Chinese|
|Birthplace||Glenview, Illinois, US|
|Profession||Chef, Cookbook author,blogger,TV host|
|Height||170cm( 5 feet 7 inches)|
|Eye color||Dark brown|
|Net worth||$9 million|
Molly Yeh was born in Glenview, Illinois in a musical family. Her father, John Bruce Yeh is a clarinetist, and the director of the Chicago-based chamber music group, Chicago Pro Musica. Her mother is Jody Shinbrod Yeh.
Molly’s father is Chinese while her mother is Jewish. The celebrated food blogger has two siblings, Jenna Yeh, a chef and Mia Reilly Yeh, a half-sister.
Molly and her sister were brought up in Glenview, where she attended Glenbrook South High School. Growing up in a musical family, her father ensured she gained as much musical knowledge as possible. She attended Illinois- based Midwest Young Artists Conservatory, where she studied music. At the conservatory, she joined two percussion ensembles, Ratan Trio and Beat 3. Molly and her mates won gold medals for outstanding musical performance.
She later moved to Brooklyn, New York, home to the prestigious music school Juilliard, to pursue her musical degree. At Juilliard, the renowned blogger served as a writer and a junior editor for the Juilliard Journal. It is also at the tertiary institution that she met her spouse, Nick Hagen who was also pursuing a musical degree.
New York also created a second passion for Molly, the love of food and recipes. She started a food blog in 2009 based on her childhood journal growing up on the farm. This blog would later put her at the top of the world and change her career, from music to food blogging.
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Molly Yeh is a celebrated cookbook author, for her work in Molly On The Range: Recipes and Stories of an Unlikely Life On a Farm. This best-seller won 2017’s Judges Choice for the annual International Associates of Culinary Professionals(IACP) Cookbook Award. Released in 2016, the book also received praise from the New York Times, making the list of the top fall releases of that year.
Yeh has another cookbook in the works, Home is Where The Eggs Are: Farmhouse Food For The People You Love Most, scheduled for release in the fall,2022.
Yeh started her food career as a food blogger, an idea that was born in 2009 while she was on vacation. She collected her childhood journals and documented stories and recipes from her childhood memories. She did not take blogging seriously and went on with her studies, graduating with a Music Degree in Percussion in 2011.
In 2013, Yeh and her fiance, Norwegian-American son of a sugar beet-farming family, moved to Minnesota. The life on the farm inspired Yeh to integrate her childhood recipes with some of the food items from the farm. In 2013, she realised her blog is getting hundreds of visitors and dedicated her time to it.
Today, mynameisyeh.com, as she calls her blog, is one of the leading food blogs and has been recognized by Yahoo and Saveur as the food blog of the year. Some of the stories on the blog have also graced the pages of the New York Times, The New York Magazine, Food & Wine, Bon Appetit among other food-related publications.
Yeh is also a contributing writer for publications such as Food52, Vanity Fair, and Saveur.
Through a successful blog and a best-seller cookbook, the Food Network signed Yeh to host a TV show, Girl Meets Farm. The show has already aired eight seasons and is currently on its ninth season. She also hosted the network’s new ice cream competition show, Ben and Jerry’s Clash of the Cones in 2021.
Molly’s other passion, music, led her to co-host a classical music podcast, From the Top. This was a return on the show, having been on it in her teen years, between 2004 and 2007.
Molly is also a social media influencer, using her Instagram page to inspire her seven hundred and fifty-seven thousand followers. She shares recipes, food items, sponsored cooking products and her personal life with her fans.
Molly Yeh is married to Nick Hagen, her college sweetheart she met at Juilliard. Hagen comes from a generation of sugar beet farmers who have made a fortune through plantations of sugar beet for several generations. He is also a music graduate, and he lives with his family in Minnesota on the family farm.
Yeh and Hagen dated since 2013. The pair dated for a year before moving from New York to Minnesota and getting engaged. In December 2014, the Jiulilliard alumni got married in a colourful ceremony attended by family and friends.
The love birds have a daughter, Bernadette Rosemary Yeh Hagen, born in 2018. They named the daughter after Hagen’s great-great-grandfather, Bernt and Yeh’s great grandmother, Rosemary. In 2021, Yeh revealed they were expecting their second child, due February 2022.
Molly has a petite body and a radiant personality. The smiley TV host is 1.70 metres tall (5 feet 7 inches) and weighs around 58kgs (128 pounds). The Chinese-Jewish blogger has stunning dark brown eyes that auger well with her brown hair.
From her humble beginnings as a food blogger in 2009, Yeh has worked her way up the wealth ladder. Her net worth in 2022 stands at approximately $9 million. Much of her wealth comes from her blog, which receives over a million visitors per year and her TV deal with Food Network. Reports indicate she takes home about $57,000 yearly as her TV host salary.
In 2017, Forbes recognised Yeh in their 30 Under 30 list in the foods and drinks sector and valued her worth $4.5 million. Her culinary book, TV job, blog, and sponsored posts on Instagram have raised her net worth to over $9 million.