Claire Saffitz

General Facts and Figures

  • Full name: Claire Saffitz
  • Net Worth: $1,5 Million
  • Occupation: Pastry Chef, YouTuber, Social Media Personality
  • Birthday: September 16, 1986
  • Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri
  • Birth Sign: Virgo
  • Marital status: Married to Harrie Mayer Selinger
  • Social: Instagram

Claire is a pastry chef who starred in the Gourmet Makes series on the Bon Appetit Magazine’s YouTube channel. She also worked for the same magazine as an editor and is a best-selling author of a cookbook titled Dessert Person.

Her Family and Education Background

She was born on 16th September 1986 in Missouri and is an Ashkenazi Jew. Claire attended Clayton High School then joined Harvard University for her undergraduate studies. In 2012, after leaving Harvard, she pursued a course in French cuisine and pastry in the prestigious Ecole Gregoire- Ferrandi.

She then worked briefly until 2014, when she left for Canada’s McGill University to pursue a master’s degree. In line with the culinary course she had taken in Paris, her master’s degree was in culinary history.


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Her Career Background

Her second job in the culinary world was at Bon Appetit, a magazine under the Conde Nast Entertainment brand, where she worked from 2013 as the magazine’s editor. A few years later, she developed recipes and hosted the Gourmet Makes YouTube channel series for this brand.

The show was a huge success as she would take regular snacks and turn them into finger-licking desserts.

Out of the success of this series, the magazine launched two more shows for her. Claire starred in the magazine’s Baking School and in Making Perfect. She also earned a spot on The Tonight Show, where Jimmy Fallon featured her in the cooking segment.

In October 2020, she left Bon Appetit expressing her discontent after reports that Bon Appetit was not paying people of color for appearances in their shows. Claire had informed her fans about her plans to leave that brand as early as May 2020.

Shortly after she left, she launched her first cookbook titled Dessert Person: Recipes and Guidance for Baking with Confidence, and she received overwhelming support from her fans, making the book a New York Bestseller.

Claire launched her YouTube channel in August 2020, and though it is only a few months old as of January 2021, it has over 500,000 subscribers and over 5 million views. As of 2022, her channel has 1,01 million subscribers.

Most of her videos get close to 1 million views. On this channel, she demonstrates the recipes featured in her book. For instance, she shows how to bake a carrot and pecan cake and oatmeal cookies.

She has an Instagram following of over 900,000 fans, and her content showcases diverse dessert recipes.

Other Accomplishments

Her book’s website also sells merchandise like tote bags, dyed t-shirts, and postcards.

Personal Life

She is married to Harris Mayer-Selinger, a fellow chef, and they live in New York. Claire announced her marital status in a post on her Instagram account in September 2020 as she also informed her fans that she was about to launch her cookbook.

In conclusion, Claire may have walked away from one of the most lucrative opportunities for a pastry chef, but launching her YouTube channel and writing a cookbook has helped her create a platform where she can engage her audience the way she likes.

Net Worth

Chef Saffitz has amassed a large fortune. As of 2022, Claire Saffitz’s net worth is $1.5 million. Her prior employment reportedly paid her $67K annually. She costs $20k-$30k per video.

Claire has more income. She receives $1k from Instagram and YouTube sponsorships.

Chef Claire Saffitz’s YouTube channel has 1,1 million followers and 10 million views, earning her $100,000.



Written by Husein Gradasevic

Taylor Machat

Audra Miller