As a cookbook author, blogger, and Food Network star, there’s not much Molly Yeh can’t do. She rose to celebrity chef status in 2016 when she published her first book, Molly on the Range: Recipes and Stories From an Unlikely Life on a Farm, which eventually led to her hosting her own cooking show on the Food Network, Girl Meets Farm.
But while you may be familiar with Molly’s culinary achievements, you might be wondering about her personal life, like whether she’s married and has a family, or if she’s all about her career.
Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about this talented chef's husband and their life at home.
Meet Molly Yeh’s husband, Nick Hagen.
Molly wasn’t always planning on a career as a chef, let alone as a chef with her own cooking show on the Food Network. She was born to musicians, and growing up, Molly inherited their passion for music. After high school, she even moved to New York City to attend the prestigious Juilliard School, for percussion.
But despite her well-laid plans, Molly’s life took an unexpected turn. While she was at Juilliard, Molly met her future husband, Nick Hagen, who was also a student at the conservatory. The two became close and eventually started dating, before moving to Nick’s family farm in Minnesota to pursue farming.
The Hagen family farm is located in East Grand Forks, Minn., and covers a huge 220 acres. Nick inherited the farm — which has been in his family for generations — from his parents. Nick himself is a fifth-generation farmer.
The couple made their relationship official by tying the knot on Dec. 27, 2014. They got married at “the old shop,” which Molly explains on her blog is the oldest building on the farm. The ceremony was intimate, with Molly’s brother-in-law, John, officiating, and with music provided by her father and her good friend Sam.
In true chef fashion, Molly made all the desserts for her wedding, including a number of showstopper cakes. She decided on a sprinkle cake, a marzipan mousse cake, vegan coconut cupcakes, red velvet cake jars, crack pie bars, chocolate ganache pie, and Dunkaroo pie.
Molly’s love for sprinkles also prompted her to ask wedding guests to throw sprinkles on the newlywed couple after the ceremony, instead of rice.
Molly Yeh and Nick Hagen have two kids.
Molly announced her “forthcoming little nugget” on her blog in November 2018, and fans followed her pregnancy journey through her weekly updates until her daughter, Bernadette Rosemary Yeh Hagen, was born a couple of months later on March 30, 2019.
Bernie has a doubly special name. She’s named after Nick’s great-great-grandfather Bernt, who emigrated from Norway to start the farm that the family lives on now, and after Molly's great grandfather Bernard. The couple also gave their daughter the middle name Rosemary to honor Molly’s grandmother.
In February of 2022, Molly and Nick welcomed their second daughter to the family. Her name is Ira Dorothy Yeh Hagen, and her name also has a special family connection. Her middle name is a tribute to Nick's great-great-grandmother, who is the original matriarch of the family farm. Molly says that her and Nick's friend Jamie suggested the name Ira, and they loved it and decided to use it for their little girl.
Catch Molly hosting the latest season of Spring Baking Championship Mondays at 8 p.m. EST on The Food Network.