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



Michael Chiarello, a prominent chef known for his appearance on “Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello” and “Top Chef,” has died. He was 61 years old.

Chiarello’s company, Gruppo Chiarello, said in a statement sent to CNN that the restaurateur died Saturday in Napa. He was being treated for an acute allergic reaction that led to anaphylactic shock, the company’s statement said.

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

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.

The chef is known for hosting his namesake Food Network series, “Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello,” for 10 seasons beginning in 2003. The series won three Emmys between 2003 and 2006. (Food Network and CNN are both part of Warner Bros. Discovery.)

Chiarello has appeared in a number of other culinary series such as “Top Chef”, “Top Chef Masters”, “The Next Iron Chef”, “Iron Chef America” ​​and “Supermarket Superstar”, which debuted in 2013 .

He also appeared as a guest chef on “The Today Show,” “CBS Early Show,” “Regis & Kathy” and “The View.”

The California native graduated from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York in 1982 and was named Chef of the Year by Food & Wine Magazine in 1985. Chiarello was also named Chef of the Year by his alma mater in 1995.

He then opened his first restaurant, Tra Vigne, in Napa Valley in 1986 and has since developed and opened more than 10 restaurants in the Northern California region, including his popular restaurants Bottega and Coqueta.

Chiarello has authored more than eight cookbooks since 1995 and opened Chiarello Family Vineyards in the late ’90s.


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