Marja Allen - Updated May 2024

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Uijeongbu, Korea
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Uijeongbu, Korea

Marja Allen

Marja Allen is an American actress and producer, known for Ladder 49 (2004), Kimchi Chronicles (2011), and Today (1952). Marja Allen is also more famous for being the wife of the world-renowned chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.

Early Life and Childhood

Marja Allen was born on March 15, 1976, in Uijeongbu, South Korea and her age is 48 years old as of the year 2024. Her birth name is Brenda Bae and she grew up in Northern Virginia.

Marja Allen was born to a Korean mother and an African-American serviceman. Colonel James Allen and Margo McKay, an African-American couple, adopted her when she was three years old.

Colonel, Marja’s father, searched for and found her birth mother shortly after she was adopted. When Marja was nineteen years old, she moved out to live with her biological mother.

Marja Allen belongs to the South Korean nationality and is of mixed ethnicity. Similarly, Marja belongs to the Christian religion and her zodiac sign is Pisces.

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Caption: Marja Allen in her childhood days. Source: Instagram


Talking about Marja Allen’s formal education, Marja attended a high school at Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington D.C. No further information about Marja’s academic credentials is available on the internet.

She had moved back with her mother at an early age, and that’s why she might have skipped college.

Marja Allen – Net Worth 2024

Allen’s earnings from her career must be substantial and her exact net worth as of 2022 is $1 million. Her husband’s net worth is most likely in the $400 million range.

He is by far the wealthiest chef in the world, owning around 39 restaurants. As a result, she and her husband live a lavish lifestyle.

Relationship Status

Marja has been married to the world-renowned chef Jean Georges Vongerichten. They have been together since September 15, 2004. They have one daughter named Chloe Vongerichten.

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

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Caption: Marja with her husband. Source: Alamy


Marja seems to be in a low profile and doesn’t share much about her personal life. Hence, the actress is far away from any sort of rumors or controversy until now. In addition, Marja avoids the media and avoids engaging in contentious behavior or situations that can damage her reputation.

Career and Professional Life

Marja was crowned Miss District of Columbia Teen USA in 1991 and she began her career as an actress and model. Marja Allen is the host of Kimchi Chronicles 2011, a PBS television series about Korean food and culture.

It is a Korean cuisine and culture program that is equal parts food and travelogue. Kimchi Chronicles, a popular PBS documentary, featured her. Additionally, Marja is also a Children’s Inc. spokesperson. She has a great deal of respect for the organization.

She used the money to sponsor six Korean children in orphanages. Furthermore, she hosted a group of mixed-race Korean children last summer through the Hines Ward Helping Hands Foundation. She intends to expand her philanthropic work possibility.

Similarly, Marj has also written a companion cookbook, The Kimchi Chronicles Korean Cooking for an American Kitchen, to go along with the book. The book contains various Korean cuisine recipes and Korean foods.

Moreover, Marja also owns MV Designs, LLC, an interior design firm. She has several ideas for a furniture line that combines the Korean aesthetic with a modern sensibility.

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Caption: Marja with her crew members enjoying the party. Source: Instagram

Brand Endorsements

Marja has not yet endorsed any product. Similarly, she has not promoted anything and has not been seen in any brand collaborations. We may see Marja being associated with some brands and supporting their products in the coming days.

There is no information available about whether or not Marja has worked with other brands.

Awards and Nominations

Marja was crowned Miss District of Columbia Teen USA in 1991. Other than that, Marja has not been an associate or won any kind of awards. Similarly, she hasn’t received any prestigious title.

Despite being a talented actress and amazing writer, a lot more awards may be on the way for her.

Body Measurements

Marja, the actress seems to have an average height of 5 feet 6 inches tall and weighs 69 kilograms. Although her exact body measurement is not available on the internet.

Likely, Marja has black colored hair and black colored eyes which makes her more attractive. But, Marja’s shoe size and dress size are not available.

Marja Allen – Social Media

Marja is very popular on social media and her fans love her for the positive influence she has on them. She is very active on Instagram, where she likes to post snaps of her latest photoshoots and new recipes.

Marja has 3053 followers on Instagram with the username @marjavongerichten. Her Twitter handle is @Marja_Kimchi14 followed by 3k followers. In addition, her Facebook page is @marjavongerichten and also holds more than 4K followers.