Food Network Star Michael Chiarelo Dead at 61

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( – Famous chef and TV host Michael Chiarelo has died following a severe allergic reaction, his family has confirmed. Chiarelo, 61, is said to have gone into anaphylactic shock as a result of an allergic reaction. He received treatment at the Queen of the Valley medical center in Napa, California, but unfortunately died on Saturday October 7. He died with family and friends at his bedside.

Chiarelo’s rise to prominence in the culinary world began over forty years ago. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in New York in 1982, and by 1985 he was awarded the title of Chef of the Year by Food and Wine Magazine. He received the same title from the Culinary Institute of America 10 years later. By 1986 he had opened his first restaurant, Tra Vigne, in the Napa Valley. This would be the first opening of many for him, as he developed and launched more than 10 others in Northern California throughout his extensive career.

As well as having several restaurants under his belt, he wrote multiple cookbooks and even opened the Chiarello Family vineyards in the late 1990’s. In the 2000’s he gained a new level of fame when he began his television career; he first appeared on his eponymous show “Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarelo”, broadcast by the Food Network, in 2003. The show ran for 10 seasons and scooped three Emmys between 2003 and 2006. He also made appearances on a variety of cooking shows, such as “Iron Chef America” and “Top Chef” and acted as a guest chef for shows such as “Kathy and Regis” and “The View”.

His family has released a statement in which they spoke of their grief at the loss of their “beloved patriarch”. He has been described as a committed family man as well as a brilliant chef whose legacy lives on in the memories of his loved ones and in the passion he inspired in so many.

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