Food Network star Michael Chiarello dies aged 61 after severe allergic reaction

Michael Chiarello, the American chef and TV host known for his Italian-influenced California cuisine, has died at age 61.

Chiarello’s company, Gruppo Chiarello, confirmed in a statement to CNN the restaurateur died on Saturday in Napa.

The statement confirmed he was being treated for an acute allergic reaction resulting in anaphylactic shock.

It read: “We deeply mourn the loss of our beloved patriarch Michael.

“His culinary brilliance, boundless creativity, and unwavering commitment to family were at the core of his being.

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“He brought people together through the joy of shared meals, fostering lasting memories around the table.

“As we navigate this profound loss, we hold dear the moments we cherished with him, both in his kitchens and our hearts.

“His legacy will forever live on in the love he poured into every dish and the passion he instilled in all of us to savor life’s flavors.”

Born in 1962, the passionate cook followed his career from an early age and dreamed of one day being a world-class chef.

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He was named Food & Wine magazine’s Chef of the Year in 1985 and later received CIA’s Chef of the Year award in 1995.

Chiarello was also recognized by the James Beard Foundation and authored many cookbooks.

After attending cooking school, he kicked off his professional career and opened his first restaurant, Toby’s in Miami.

As his influence grew further, Chiarello hosted shows on PBS, Food Network, Fine Living, and Cooking Channel for a decade, also making appearances on the Today Show and View.

He served as a judge on Bravo’s Top Chef and Top Chef Masters, and, in 2011, competed on the fourth season of Food Network’s Next Iron Chef.

Chiarello is most known for his show, Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello, which ran for ten seasons on Food Network.

The chef is survived by his son Aidan and three daughters Margaux, Felicia, and Giana.

The family has asked for donations to Meals on Wheels in place in lieu of flowers.

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