Food Network Celebrity Passes Away Due to Allergy

( – Approximately 150 people die annually from anaphylaxis, a reaction to an allergy. More than 30,000 people visit emergency rooms with the life-threatening condition. Sadly, a world-renowned television chef suffered a deadly allergic reaction.

On October 6, Michael Chiarello died at 61 years old. According to reports, the Food Network chef was at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, California, receiving treatment for a week. Unfortunately, the treatments didn’t work and he passed away. It’s not clear what caused his reaction.

Gruppo Chiarello, the chef’s company, released a statement that said he was surrounded by his loved ones when he died. His family also spoke out, saying they were mourning “the loss of [their] beloved patriarch Michael.” They praised his creativity and commitment to his family, saying he had a knack for bringing people together and “fostering lasting memories around the table.” They said that they are holding the moments they “cherished with him, both in his kitchens and in [their] hearts.”

Chiarello opened his first restaurant at 22 years old in Miami, Florida, after graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in New York. After that, he opened more restaurants in San Francisco and Napa Valley. His restaurant, Bottega, won numerous awards. In 1985, he was named Chef of the Year by Food & Wine Magazine. A decade later, he won America’s Chef of the Year Award by the Culinary Institute.

The chef also wrote several books, including “Flavored Vinegars,” “Michael Chiarello’s Casual Cooking,” “LiveFire Cookbook,” and others. He hosted shows on the Food Network, PBS, and others. In 2003, Chiarello won a Daytime Emmy for his show “Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello.”

The TODAY show posted a tribute to the chef, saying he was able to live out his childhood dream of becoming a chef.

The chef is survived by his wife and four children.

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