Popular TV chef dies from acute allergic reaction

Written by Henrik Rothen

Oct.09 - 2023 8:30 AM CET

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Popular TV chef Michael Chiarello dies from acute allergic reaction.

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"We deeply mourn the loss of our beloved Michael," reads the somber message from Gruppo Chiarello, announcing the sudden death of TV chef Michael Chiarello at the age of 61.

This is reported by New York Post.

Chiarello's employees describe him as a man of "brilliant culinary skills, boundless creativity, and unwavering commitment to family."

Born in Red Bluff, California, in 1962, Chiarello opened his first restaurant in 1987. Over the years, he expanded his culinary empire to include Bottega and Ottimo restaurants in Napa Valley, as well as a wine business selling Spanish wines in California and San Francisco.

Chiarello was a familiar face on television, hosting shows on PBS, Food Network, Fine Living, and Cooking Channel. He also made guest appearances on shows like "Today" and "The View" and authored several cookbooks.

In 2013, he was named Chef of the Year by Esquire magazine.

The cause of death

Chiarello passed away after being treated at Valley Medical Center in Napa, California, due to an acute allergic reaction that led to anaphylactic shock.

While Chiarello's career was mostly successful, it was not without controversy. In 2016, he faced sexual harassment allegations from two former employees. However, the matter was settled out of court.

The funeral ceremony for Michael Chiarello will be private, but the family encourages fans to make donations to the charity Meals on Wheels.

Watch Michael Chiarello in the kitchen here