Chef Alex Guarnaschelli is a well-traveled veteran celebrity Chef who is presently the Executive Chef at Butter Restaurant in New York City. Alex who is also the 2012 winner of the Iron Chef America competition, happens to be the host of popular TV shows namely The Cooking Loft and Alex’s Day Off. Moreso, she makes guest appearances on various Food Network shows such as Iron Chef America, Chopped, The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Guy’s Grocery Store Games and All-Star Family Cook-Off.
In addition to her cooking shows, the ambitious lady has also gone on to author two cookbooks namely, ‘Old-School Comfort Food: The Way I Learned to Cook’ and ‘The Home Cook: Recipes to Know by Heart’ and they were published in 2013 and 2017 respectively. This article seeks to underline the life, culinary career, family and net worth of the famous Chef Alex Guarnaschelli.
Chef Alex Guarnaschelli’s Bio
Alex was born on June 20, 1972, and her parents have been identified as John and Maria Guarnaschelli. The talented Chef was admitted into the prestigious Barnard College which is an all-girls college situated in Manhattan, New York City. Her mother, Maria, specialized in editing cookbooks and Alex’s passion for culinary-related things began when she started watching her mum edit cookbooks.
The celebrity Chef soon began working for Chef Larry Forgione, a renowned award-winning Chef based in the United States of America. Her boss was also famous for mentoring dynamic Chefs like David Shalleck, Christina Machamer and Melissa Kelly. Moreso, Alex Guarnaschelli has also worked for several restaurants in New York, Los Angeles, and France. One of the restaurants she worked under in Paris was Guy Savoy Restaurant owned by the popular French Chef, Guy Savoy. The restaurant in Paris and its sister restaurant in Las Vegas are both multiple-time recipients of the prestigious Michelin Stars.
Another notable restaurant that the Chef Alex Guarnaschelli has served under include the Daniel Restaurants owned by Daniel Boulud. This is also a renowned restaurant with branches in Boston, Palm Beach, New York City, London, Washington D.C, Miami, Singapore, Montreal, and Toronto. Chef Alex has also worked at the Patina restaurant owned by the popular award-winning Chef, Joachim Splichal. However, she left Patina and not too long after that, she was appointed as Executive Chef at Butter. She presently sits as Chairperson of the Museum of Food and Drink’s Culinary Council based in Brooklyn, New York City.
It is also interesting to know that the celebrity Chef has made several appearances in reality shows as well as cooking competitions. She featured in five seasons of the Iron Chef America hosted by Food’s Network channel as a competitor winning the fifth season in 2012. Chef Alex Guarnaschelli also competed unsuccessfully in one of the episodes of the Food Network Challenge TV series.
Chef Alex Guarnaschelli was later brought on to host the popular show called The Cooking Loft with Alex Guarnaschelli which began airing in 2008 on The Food Network. She also serves as a judge on several Food Network’s shows such as Food Network Challenge, Chopped, Guy’s Grocery Games, Cooks Vs. Cons and The Best Thing I Ever Ate series. The Iron Chef winner was also seen in Alex’s Day Off, a TV show which began airing on Food Network in 2009.
Other shows the Chef has been featured in include: Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, Iron Chef Gauntlet, Billions and Beat Bobby Flay which aired on the Food Network. Later on, Chef Alex Guarnaschelli tried her hands in writing and ‘Old-School Comfort Food: The Way I Learned to Cook’ became the first book that Guarnaschelli ever authored. The cookbook was published in 2013. A few years down the line, Alex’s second book titled, ‘The Home Cook: Recipes to Know by Heart’ was penned down and it was published in 2017.
The Chef’s Married Life: Husband & Daughter
The star Chef met a charming young man in 2006 while at the New York’s Institute of Culinary Education where she taught a fish class. The young man, Brandon Clark, and Alex Guarnaschelli tied the nuptial knot on April 29, 2007. Their daughter, Ava Clark, was born the next year making Chef Alex Guarnaschelli and Brandon proud parents to an adorable little girl. It is also interesting to know that Ava who is only 11 years, is now on her way to becoming a star chef like her mom. She has started making her own recipes and her mom thinks she is even a better cook than herself!
Chef Alex Guarnaschelli’s Net Worth
The Iron Chef has made quite a fortune from her culinary career as her net worth is estimated in the range of about $2 million. Chef Alex Guarnaschelli’s wealth is believed to be mainly sourced from proceeds from her career as a Chef and her TV appearances, as well as her books, have also contributed to this figure.