Alex Guarnaschelli

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Alex Guarnaschelli
Born 1972 (age 44–45)
Education Barnard College
Spouse(s) Brandon Clark (m. 2007)
Children 1
Culinary career

Alex Guarnaschelli (born 1972)[1] is a chef and executive chef at New York City's Butter restaurant and was executive chef at The Darby restaurant before its closing. She appears as a television personality on the Food Network shows Chopped, Iron Chef America, All Star Family Cook-off, and The Best Thing I Ever Ate. She hosts Alex's Day Off and The Cooking Loft on Food Network and Cooking Channel.[1] In 2012, she won that season of Iron Chef America.

In 2013, Guarnaschelli's first cookbook was published. Old-School Comfort Food: The Way I Learned to Cook mixes autobiographical details with favorite recipes from her professional life that she adapted for the home.[2]

Early life[edit]

Guarnaschelli is the daughter of cookbook editor Maria[3] and John Guarnaschelli.[4] She graduated from Barnard College in 1991.[1] Guarnaschelli's culinary experience started while watching her mother test numerous recipes at home while editing cookbooks.


Guarnaschelli worked under Larry Forgione, and then at a number of restaurants in France, New York and Los Angeles, including Guy Savoy's La Butte Chaillot. She also worked at Daniel Boulud's eponymous restaurant and Joachim Splichal's Patina before becoming the executive chef at Butter.[4][5] She was executive chef at The Darby restaurant before its closing.[6]

Television appearances[edit]

Guarnaschelli was a competitor on The Food Network's Iron Chef America, taking on Cat Cora in the 2007 "Farmers' Market Battle." Cora won the challenge. Guarnaschelli has since appeared as a judge on the program. In 2011, she competed in the fourth season of The Next Iron Chef, where she placed as the third runner-up. She also competed on the Food Network Challenge Ultimate Thanksgiving Feast episode and lost the competition.[7] After competing in the fourth season of The Next Iron Chef, Guarnaschelli became a sous chef to Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian.

In 2008, she became the host of The Food Network's The Cooking Loft with Alex Guarnaschelli, in which the chef teaches a small group of students how to construct new variations of classic dishes.[8]

Guarnaschelli has been a judge on Food Network's competition show Food Network Challenge, and frequently appears as a judge on Food Network's cooking competition show Chopped and on Food Network's series The Best Thing I Ever Ate.[1]

She competed in season 5 of The Next Iron Chef: Redemption. She won in the final Kitchen Stadium showdown against chef Amanda Freitag. Her debut challenge as an Iron Chef on Iron Chef America aired on December 30, 2012.[1][9]

She made a guest appearance on the Nickelodeon TV show Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn, on the one-hour special "Go Hollywood" on November 25, 2015.

Guarnaschelli appeared as a judge in episode five of Iron Chef Gauntlet, where chef Gruenberg was eliminated before the final showdown in episode six "The Gauntlet".[10]

Alex's Day Off[edit]

Guarnaschelli stars in the Food Network television show, Alex’s Day Off,[11] which premiered in October 2009.

Personal life[edit]

On April 29, 2007, Guarnaschelli married Brandon Clark.[12] They have one daughter, Ava.[13]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Alex Guarnaschelli". March 30, 2014. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ "My Book". Retrieved December 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ Cookie Archived June 30, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ a b "Me". Alex Guarnaschelli official site. Retrieved December 16, 2014. 
  5. ^ Kirichik, Roman. "Butter Midtown". Butter Restaurant. Retrieved August 17, 2016. 
  6. ^ Wang, Andy. "Darby supper club to close in a month". Retrieved December 16, 2014. 
  7. ^ Ultimate Thanksgiving Feast : Food Network Challenge : Food Network, retrieved August 17, 2016 
  8. ^ The Cooking Loft : Food Network, retrieved August 17, 2016 
  9. ^ Chen, Susannah. "Alex Guarnaschelli on Next Iron Chef". Popsugar. Retrieved December 16, 2014. 
  10. ^ Brown, Alton (host) (May 14, 2017). "Five Ingredients".Iron Chef Gauntlet. Season 1. Episode 5. Food Network.
  11. ^ Alex's Day Off : Food Network, retrieved August 17, 2016 
  12. ^ Sipher, Devan. "Alexandra Guarnaschelli and Brandon Clark". The New York Times. Retrieved December 16, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Butter’s Alex Guarnaschelli Is Her Baby’s Personal Chef". Grub Street. Retrieved August 17, 2016. 

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