Alex Guarnaschelli

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Alex Guarnaschelli
Born 1972 (age 44–45)[1]
Education Barnard College[2]
New York City, United States
Spouse(s) Brandon Clark (m. 2007)[3]
Children 1
Culinary career

Alexandra "Alex" Guarnaschelli (born 1972) is a celebrity chef and executive chef at New York City's Butter restaurant[6] and was executive chef at the award-winning The Darby restaurant before its closing.[5] 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.[2] In 2012, she was crowned America's Next Iron Chef on Iron Chef America, currently the only woman with that distinction and only the second female ever to obtain that TV honor. In 2013, Guarnaschelli's first cookbook was published. Old-School Comfort Food: The Way I Learned to Cook mixes autobiographical details with recipes that she has loved during her life as a cook adapted for the home.[7]

Background and personal life[edit]

Guarnaschelli is the daughter of cookbook editor Maria[8] and John Guarnaschelli.[9] She is a graduate of Horace Mann School in The Bronx, New York and graduated from Barnard College in 1991. Her culinary experience started while watching her mother test numerous recipes at home while editing cookbooks. She 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.[10] On April 29, 2007, she married Brandon Clark;[3] they have one daughter, Ava.[11]

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.[12] 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.[13]

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.[2]

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.[2][14]

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

Alex's Day Off[edit]

Guarnaschelli stars in her own Food Network television show, Alex’s Day Off,[15] which premiered in October 2009 and airs regularly Saturday mornings. The show currently airs on Australia's Foxtel Food Network.


  1. ^ "Alex Guarnaschelli". The Chef's Connection. March 30, 2014. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Alex Guarnaschelli". Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  3. ^ a b Sipher, Devan. "Alexandra Guarnaschelli and Brandon Clark". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Me". Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  5. ^ a b Wang, Andy. "Darby supper club to close in a month". Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  6. ^ Kirichik, Roman. "Butter Midtown". Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  7. ^ "My Book". Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  8. ^ Cookie Archived June 30, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  9. ^ "Me | Alex Guarnaschelli". Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  10. ^ "Alex Guarnaschelli". Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  11. ^ "Butter's Alex Guarnaschelli Is Her Baby's Personal Chef". Grub Street. Retrieved 2016-08-17. 
  12. ^ Ultimate Thanksgiving Feast : Food Network Challenge : Food Network, retrieved 2016-08-17 
  13. ^ The Cooking Loft : Food Network, retrieved 2016-08-17 
  14. ^ Chen, Susannah. "Alex Guarnaschelli on Next Iron Chef". Popsugar. Retrieved 16 December 2014. 
  15. ^ Alex's Day Off : Food Network, retrieved 2016-08-17 

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