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Michael Chiarello, Celebrity Chef and Food Network Star, Dies at 61 – National


Michael Chiarello, the celebrated chef who inspired a generation of passionate home cooks with his passion for food and entertaining, has died. He was 61 years old.

Chiarello’s company, Gruppo Chiarello, announced the Food Network star’s death Saturday. Chiarello died at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, California, where he was being treated for an acute allergic reaction that led to anaphylactic shock. It is not known whether the allergy was food-related.

The chef reportedly died while surrounded by friends and family, who are now demanding privacy during “this immensely sad and difficult time.”

“We deeply mourn the loss of our beloved patriarch Michael,” Chiarello’s family wrote in a statement. “His culinary genius, boundless creativity and unwavering commitment to his family were at the core of his being. He brought people together in the joy of shared meals, fostering lasting memories around the table.

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The statement continued: “As we navigate this profound loss, we cherish the moments we cherished with him, both in his kitchens and in our hearts. His legacy will live on forever because of the love he put into every dish and the passion he instilled in each of us to savor the flavors of life.

Chiarello, a California native, helped launch Food Network programming with the Emmy Award-winning television show. Easy entertainment with Michael Chiarello. Production began in 2003 and ran for 10 years, continuing to captivate the attention of millions inspired by Chiarello’s casual, easy-to-plan dinners.

The celebrity chef has also hosted several other cooking shows, including NapaStyle on the Fine Living network. He has often been featured as a guest chef on a number of high-profile syndicated talk shows, such as Today’s show And View.

Chiarello has also appeared on several Excellent chef franchise shows.

Chiarello opened numerous restaurants throughout his life, including the popular Tra Vigne in Napa Valley. The legendary Tra Vigne, Chiarello’s first restaurant, closed its doors in 2015 after almost 30 years in business.

Its other restaurants, Bottega, Coqueta and Ottimo, are still open and serving delicious rustic dishes.

The famous chef also had a lifelong love of wine and opened his first small-batch wine business, Chiarello Family Vineyards, in 1999.

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Chiarello learned to cook in her mother’s kitchen, where she often prepared southern Italian dishes. He then graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in New York.

Throughout his career, Chiarello has focused on using sustainably sourced, seasonal ingredients in his cooking. For Chiarello, preparing and serving a great meal has always been a way to connect with others and create unforgettable memories.

Although funeral arrangements will be kept private, the Chiarello family has asked the chef’s admirers to make a donation to Meals on Wheels in lieu of flowers. Meals on Wheels is a volunteer organization that delivers prepared meals to seniors to help them maintain their health and independence at home.

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