Chef Michael Chiarello, Former Food Network Star, Dead at 61 After Allergic Reaction

Food Network star, Michael Chiarello, has died at the age of 61. The celebrity chef passed away on Oct. 7 at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, Calif., where “he was being treated for the past week for an acute allergic reaction that led to anaphylactic shock.” His company Gruppo Chiarello announced the horrifying news in a statement, saying his family was by his side and is asking for privacy at this time. It continued to include a message from his loved ones. “We deeply mourn the loss of our beloved patriarch Michael. His culinary brilliance, boundless creativity, and unwavering commitment to family were at the core of his being. He brought people together through the joy of shared meals, fostering lasting memories around the table,” the statement said. “As we navigate this profound loss, we hold dear the moments we cherished with him, both in his kitchens and in our hearts. His legacy will forever live on in the love he poured into every dish and the passion he instilled in all of us to savor life’s flavors.” For decades, Michael captivated millions with shows, like Food Network’s “Next Iron Chef,” and other programs for Cooking Channel, PBS and Fine Living. Funeral arrangements are remaining private as the family mourns.