Food Network Star Dead After 'Acute Allergic Reaction'

 October 9, 2023

If you're a fan of celebrity chefs or the food network, then you definitely know who Michael Chiarello is.

Unfortunately, Fox News is confirming that the star chef is dead at 61.

Rest in peace.

Michael's company, Gruppo Chiarello, released a statement saying that the star had "passed away at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, where he was being treated for the past week for an acute allergic reaction that led to anaphylactic shock."

It went on to say that Michael Chiarello "spent his final moments surrounded by family and friends, who respectfully asked for privacy during this immensely sad and difficult period."

His family also released a statement:

"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. 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 in 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."

"Star" is not too big of a word for Charello at all, especially in the world of cuisine.

He had hosted shows on both PBS and Food Network, and took home a Daytime Emmy in 2003 for his show "Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello."

Starting Young

Chiarello was born in California in 1962, and attended the Culinary Institute of America in New York before being named Food & Wine Magazine's chef of the year award only three years removed from graduation.

His company said that "Chiarello's passion for food and life will forever be etched in our kitchens and our hearts."

"Chef Michael Chiarello's passion for food and life will forever be etched in our kitchens and our hearts. While we mourn Michael's passing, we also celebrate his legacy that continues with his restaurants, Bottega, Coqueta (San Francisco and Napa Valley), and Ottimo. In remembrance, we ask that you join us in celebrating his remarkable journey and the incredible impact he had on the world of food, wine, and family by inviting you to share a meal with your family and friends to remind all of us that the bonds forged over a meal are among life's most precious treasures."

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