Molly’s life is full of surprises and adventures, from her childhood in Illinois, where she learned to love music and food, to her college years in New York City, where she studied at Juilliard and met her future husband Nick. Molly followed her heart and moved with Nick to his family farm in Minnesota, where she discovered a new world of cooking and baking. Molly shares her recipes and stories on her blog and TV show, blending her diverse influences and local ingredients. She has also written three books, and won several awards for her work. Molly is a proud mom of two sweet girls, Bernie and Ira, who often help her in the kitchen. Molly Yeh is a girl who meets farm, food, and family with a smile and a spatula.
How Rich is Molly Yeh?
Molly Yeh is a successful chef, author, and TV personality who has earned a fortune from her passion for food. As of 2023, Molly has an estimated net worth of $6 Million. Her earnings come from her cookbook sales, blog revenue and TV show salary. She has also partnered with various brands to create recipes and content featuring their products including Blue Apron, Chobani, Oxo, Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, and others. She has a farm with her husband where they produce sugar beets, wheat, soybeans, and sunflowers. She is also the owner of a restaurant named Bernie’s which she opened in 2022. The restaurant is located in East Grand Forks, Minnesota, in a historic building that was formerly home to Whitey’s Underground.
Early life & Family:
Molly Yeh was born on May 22, 1989, in Glenview, Illinois to a Jewish mother, Jody (née Shinbrod) Yeh, and a Chinese father, John Bruce Yeh, who is a clarinetist. Even though her parents divorced early on, they took to co-parenting Molly. Molly’s father, John Bruce Yeh, remarried a woman named Teresa Reilly, who is also a clarinetist. Molly remained close to both of her parents and their families. She has an older sister Jenna and a half-sister Mia, on her father’s side. Molly’s mother, Jody Yeh, kept her maiden name of Shinbrod following the divorce.
Molly attended Glenbrook South High School and the Midwest Young Artists Conservatory. She played percussion in high school and won several awards for her chamber music performances. She moved to New York City to pursue her musical dreams at the Juilliard School, where she fell in love with Nick Hagen, a fellow percussionist.
Career & Progression
Early Music Career:
The reality star kicked off her professional life as a musician. During her school years, Molly was part of two percussion groups, The Rattan Trio and Beat 3. She went on to win the junior division of the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition two times in 2004 and 2005.
Cooking and Authorship:
Molly started her blog in 2009, when she was a student at Juilliard in New York City. She wanted to document her adventures in the city and share her love of food and music. She continued blogging after she graduated and moved to the farm with her husband. And it was in October of 2016, Molly shifted her career to cooking. She published her first book Molly on the Range: Recipes and Stories from An Unlikely Life on a Farm (Rodale Books), which won her Judges’ Choice IACP Cookbook Award in 2017.
Molly Yeh’s second cookbook is Short Stack Yogurt which is part of a series of small-format cookbooks that focus on a single ingredient. In this book, Molly shares sweet and savory recipes that use yogurt in creative ways, such as Yogurt Pita Chips, Yogurt Marinated Chicken Shawarma, and Yogurt Panna Cotta with Roasted Rhubarb
Molly released her third book Home Is Where the Eggs Are, on September 27, 2022. It is a collection of cozy recipes that feel like celebrations, inspired by her Chinese and Jewish heritage, her time living in New York, her husband’s Scandinavian heritage, and their farm in the upper Midwest.
Molly began her television journey in a cooking series on the food network entitled: Girl Meets Farm. The series debuted on June 24, 2018, and brought Molly recognition in the food world. The show shares her recipes and stories from her life on a sugar beet farm in North Dakota. The show features dishes that combine her Jewish and Chinese heritage, her Midwestern surroundings, and her love of sprinkles and cake. The show debuted in 2018 and has 12 seasons so far.
Molly Yeh has also made appearances on other Food Network shows, such as Beat Bobby Flay, Family Food Showdown, Christmas Cookie Challenge, Holiday Gingerbread Showdown, All-Star Best Thing I Ever Ate, Ben & Jerry’s Clash of the Cones, and Spring Baking Championship. She has also been a co-host on From the Top, a podcast showcasing young classical musicians.
Meeting and Marriage to her husband:
Molly Yeh met her future husband Nick Hagen, a fellow musician while studying at Julliard. They fell in love and started dating, bonding over their shared interests and backgrounds. Molly often visited Nick’s family farm which is located a little outside of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, across the border in North Dakota. There she learned to appreciate the beauty and simplicity of rural life. She also discovered new ingredients and recipes that inspired her cooking and blogging.
After graduating from Juilliard, Molly decided to follow her heart. She married Nick Hagen, a fifth-generation farmer, in 2014. The wedding was held on December 27 at the old shop, the oldest building on their farm in Minnesota. Molly’s sister Mia was the flower girl who sprinkled rosemary. Since they have been happily married and given birth to two children. Their eldest Bernadette Rosemary Yeh Hagen (Bernie) was born in March 2019 followed by Ira Dorothy Yeh Hagen (Ira) born in February 2022. The family of four lives on Nick’s inherited family farm.
As of 2023, Moly and Nick have been married for over 8 years and they seem to have a happy and loving relationship, sharing their passion for food, farming, and family. They also have several chickens, a dog named Tofu, and a cat named Macaroni. Molly often posts pictures of their farm life, their delicious meals, and their adorable daughter on her Instagram account @mollyyeh. Nick also has an Instagram account @nhagen, where he posts about his farming activities, his musical instruments, and his support for Molly’s cooking show “Girl Meets Farm”.
She has a cheerful and colorful style that reflects her personality and heritage. She often wears bright dresses with floral patterns or plaid shirts with jeans. She likes to accessorize with fun earrings, scarves and hats. She has long dark hair that she sometimes styles in braids or buns. She has a round face with brown eyes and a friendly smile. She has an approximate height of 5 feet 7 inches and weighs around 58 Kg.
Molly Yeh Wiki/Bio Facts:
Date of birth
May 22, 1989
Place of birth
Glenview, Illinois, USA
Chinese and Jewish
Cookbook author, blogger, host
Glenbrook South High School, The Juilliard School
Bachelor of Music in percussion
Bernadette Rosemary Yeh Hagen, Ira Dorothy Yeh Hagen
East Grand Forks, Minnesota
John Bruce Yeh and Jody Yeh
Jenna Yeh and Mia Reilly-Yeh
Molly on the Range: Recipes and Stories from An Unlikely Life on a Farm
First book published
First book award
Judges’ Choice IACP Cookbook Award in 2017
Yogurt by Short Stack Editions
Second book published
My Name is Yeh
Saveur’s Blogger of the Year, Yahoo’s Food Blog of the Year
Cooking show name
Girl Meets Farm
Cooking show debut
June 24, 2018
Cooking show network
Other shows hosted
Ben and Jerry’s Clash of the Cones, Spring Baking Championship
Other shows appeared on
From the Top at Carnegia Hall(as a co-host and a guest)