Michael Chiarello, a Food Network hero and celebrity chef, died at the age of 61 after an allergic reaction.
Michael Chiarello, a Food Network icon, died on Friday, September 6, after experiencing an allergic reaction that resulted in anaphylactic shock, according to his restaurant business. The celebrity chef was 61 years old.
“We deeply mourn the loss of our beloved patriarch Michael,” his family said, according to a statement obtained by The Wrap. “At the core of his being was his culinary brilliance, boundless creativity, and unwavering commitment to family.” He drew people together through the joy of shared meals, creating long-lasting memories at the table.”
What are Michael Chiarello’s accomplishments?
On January 26, 1962, Michael was born. He hosted PBS and Food Network shows, and he appeared on Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, and The Next Iron Chef. According to his website, he “has been recognized for his success as both a Chef and restaurant professional by the Culinary Institute of America, IACP, Food & Wine Magazine, and many more.” He has opened over ten restaurants, including the hugely popular and critically acclaimed Bottega Restaurant in Yountville, California (Napa Valley); his new Spanish restaurant Coqueta on Pier 5 in San Francisco, which received a glowing 3.5 star review from the San Francisco Chronicle and was a finalist in the 2013 James Beard awards for Best New Restaurant; and his first in California, Tra Vigne, where he was executive chef/partner until 2000.”
“Named Esquire magazine’s “Chef of the Year” in 2013, Chiarello established himself by fusing his Southern Italian roots with the distinct hallmarks of Napa Valley living.” Michael Chiarello dreamed of becoming a chef since his boyhood, which was spent in his mother’s California kitchen with his extended Italian family of butchers, cheesemakers, and ranchers. He has accomplished his dream and much more decades later.”He is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York,” according to the website.
What did the Gruppo Chiarello restaurant group have to say about it?
According to the New York Post, Michael died in the Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, California, surrounded by family and friends. “Chef Michael Chiarello’s passion for food and life will forever be etched in our kitchens and our hearts,” the Gruppo Chiarello restaurant business stated in a statement following his death. While we mourn Michael’s death, we also celebrate his legacy, which includes Bottega, Coqueta (San Francisco and Napa Valley), and Ottimo.”
Michael Chiarello is the author of several books, including Bottega: Bold Italian Flavors from California’s Wine Country, At Home with Michael Chiarello: Easy Entertaining, and Michael Chiarello’s Casual Cooking.
In 2016, two former servers accused Michael of sexual harassment. However, a representative dismissed the allegations, and Michael resolved the lawsuit out of court in 2017.