Food Network Star Dead at 61

( – Celebrity chef Michael Chiarello has died at 61 years old after suffering from anaphylactic shock caused by an allergic reaction.

His family, along with his doctors are unsure, however, what caused the allergic reaction in the first place. He died at the Queen of the Valley Medical Center, which is in Napa, California, where he was reportedly been undergoing treatment for the allergic reaction.

He is survived by Eileen, his wife, along with their four children.

Chiarello was primarily known for his appearances in TV shows like “Top Chef” and “Top Chef Masters,” as well as “Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello,” for which he won an Emmy award. He owned and run several Italian-inspired restaurants in the Napa and San Francisco areas through his restaurant group, Gruppo Chiarello, which include Ottimo, Tra Vigne Restaurant, Bottega, and Coqueta. The celebrity chef also owns Yountville, California-based Chiarello Family Vineyards. His first restaurant was in Miami though, Toby’s – which he opened at the young age of 22 after graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in New York.

Prior to his rise to fame in TV, Chiarello was already a star in the culinary and food scene, receiving multiple awards like the 1985 Chef of the Year from Food & Wine Magazine. He was also awarded Chef of the Year, this time from the Culinary Institute of America and Esquire magazine, in 1995 and 2013, respectively. Zagat, an organization that collects and collates restaurant ratings, named him Best Newcomer in 2008. Prior to his more recent stints in TV, he also participated in culinary shows like “Next Iron Chef” and “Supermarket Superstar,” and served as a judge on another cooking reality show, “Chopped.”

Chiarello also authored several cookbooks, which include “Michael Chiarello’s Casual Cooking,” “Flavored Vinegars,” “The Tra Vigne Cookbook,” “LiveFire Cookbook,” and “Napa Stories.”

He was briefly embroiled in controversy in 2017 when two former female employees accused him of sexual harassment. The case ended in a settlement.

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