Marja Allen Biography

(Actress, Producer, Author)

Marja Allen is an actress and producer, known for Ladder 49 (2004), Kimchi Chronicles (2011), and Today (1952). She is married and mother of one kid.

More about the relationship

Marja Allen’s current status is married. Her husband is the world-renown chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

The couple married on September 15, 2004. They have a daughter together named Chloe Vongerichten.

Her husband Jean has two children, Cedric Vongerichten (who is the Executive chef of Perry Street) and Louise Vongerichten (who recently opened a restaurant called Chefs Club in NY), from his first marriage.

Relationship Facts of Marja Allen

Who is Marja Allen?

Marja Allen is an actress and producer, known for Ladder 49 (2004), Kimchi Chronicles (2011), and Today (1952).

She is also more famous for being the wife of the world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Marja Allen: Age, Parent, Ethnicity, Education

Marja was born on March 15, 1976, in Uijeongbu, Seoul Korea. Her birth name is Brenda Bae. She grew up in Northern Virginia.

Her mother was a Korean mother and her father was an African-American serviceman. At the age of three she was adopted by an African-American couple, Colonel James Allen and Margo McKay.

Shortly after she was adopted, her father, Colonel searched out Marja’s birth mother and also found her. Later, Marja moved out to live with her biological mother when she was nineteen yrs old.

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Caption: Marja Allen and Jean-Georges Vongerichten (Source: Alamy)

Marja belongs to South Korean nationality and is of mixed (Scottish and Irish Gaelic)ethnicity. She attended a high school at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington D.C.

Marja Allen: Career, Professional life

She became the Miss District of Columbia Teen USA in the year, 1991. And she started her career as an actress and model.

TV Career

Marja Allen works as the host in the PBS television series of Korean food and culture titled Kimchi Chronicles in 2011. It is a program about Korean cuisine and culture, which is equal parts food and travelogue.

She has been the star of the hit PBS documentary, Kimchi Chronicles.


Additionally, Marja is also a spokesperson for Children Inc. She admires the organization a lot. From it, she personally sponsored six Korean children living in orphanages.

Furthermore, last summer she especially hosted a group of mixed-race Korean kids through the Hines Ward Helping Hands Foundation. She is intending to extend her philanthropic work eventuality.


Marj has too written a companion cookbook, The Kimchi ChroniclesKorean Cooking for an American Kitchen. The book includes different Korean cuisine recipes and Korean foods.


Marja also owns an interior design firm, MV Designs, LLC. She has different ideas to design a furniture line incorporating the Korean aesthetic with a modern sensibility.

Marja Allen: Salary, Net Worth

Allen must have good earnings from her career. Although her exact net worth is $1 million as of 2022.

Likely, her husband’s net worth is around $400 million He is the wealthiest chef in the world by far and also owns around 39 restaurants.

Hence along with her husband she is having a lavish lifestyle.

Marja Allen: Rumor, Controversy

She seems to be in a low profile and doesn’t share much about her life. Hence, the actress is far from any sort of rumors or controversy until now.

Body Measurement: Height, Weight

The actress seems to have an average height and weight although their exact measurement is not disclosed. Likely, she has black-colored hair and black-colored eyes.

Social Media

Marja Allen is active on Instagram with over 2K followers on around 2K followers on Twitter. In addition, her Facebook page also holds more than 4K followers.


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