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Remembering Michael Chiarello, Food Network Celebrity Chef, Dead At 61.

Celebrity chef Michael Chiarello has passed away.

Renowned chef, television host, and author Michael Chiarello has passed away at the age of 61. He died on Saturday in Napa, California, while being treated at Queen of the Valley Medical Center. Grieving his loss are his wife, Eileen, and his four children. According to NBC, the family shared a touching 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.”

The statement continues, “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.”

A representative from Gruppo Chiarello explained to People that the chef passed away after experiencing anaphylactic shock.

Celebrity chef Michael Chiarello has passed away.
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“The doctors don’t know what caused the allergic reaction and neither does the family,” said the representative. “They may never know.”

Known for his unique combination of Southern Italian cuisine and California flair, Chiarello made quite a mark on the culinary landscape both as a chef and a media personality. He has hosted a variety of beloved television shows on Food Network and PBS, among other networks. “Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello” spanned 10 seasons and won more than one Emmy!

In addition to his television career, the famous chef has 10 restaurants to his name, according to his website. He also wrote a number of cookbooks, including “Michael Chiarello’s Casual Cooking,” which won an IACP award in 2002. The culinary star was named Chef of the Year by Food & Wine Magazine in 1985, by the Culinary Institute of America in 1995, and by Esquire Magazine in 2013.

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