Food Network Host Passes Away

Food Network Host Passes Away

( – Sadly, news reports recently erupted announcing the unexpected death of celebrity Chef Michael Chiarello at 61. His restaurant group, Gruppo Chiarello, announced his death in a brief statement released to media outlets.

According to that notice, Chiarello died after receiving treatment for anaphylactic shock he suffered as the result of an allergic reaction. He passed away surrounded by family members and friends in Napa, California, at the Queen of the Valley Medical Center on Friday, October 6.

Gruppo Chiarello noted that the chef’s “passion” for life and the culinary arts would “forever be etched in [their] kitchens and [their] hearts.” The restaurant group also advised that Chiarello’s legacy would continue through his Ottimo Café Italian eatery and market and his Bottega and Coqueta restaurants in California’s Napa Valley.

Likewise, his family issued a heartfelt statement about Chiarello’s passing. They wrote that they mourned the loss of their “patriarch Michael.” They also noted that his “unwavering commitment to family,” “boundless creativity,” and “culinary brilliance” lay at the “core of his being.”

Chiraello’s family concluded their remarks by pointing out his contribution to the “fostering” of “lasting memories” by the people he brought together around the table to experience the “joy of shared meals.”

Chiraello enjoyed a remarkably diverse career in front of the camera and through his many restaurant projects. For example, his cooking show, “Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello,” aired on the Food Network for 10 seasons beginning in 2003 and ending with his death.

The celebrity chef appeared on the Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Made,” “Best Thing I Ever Ate,” “Iron Chef America,” and “Next Iron Chef.” Chiraello also appeared on A&E’s “Celebrity Bucket List” and Bravo Network’s “Top Chef” and “Top Chef Masters.”

Chiarello won several awards, including Food and Wine Magazine’s Chef of the Year (1985), the Robert Mondavi Culinary Award (1998), Emmy Award for his “Easy Entertaining” program (2005), and Esquire Magazine’s Chef of the Year (2013).

Additionally, Chiarello was an accomplished author and produced a limited selection of estate wines from 100-year-old vines at the Chiarello Family Vineyards in St. Helena, California.

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