Alex Guarnaschelli

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Chef • Personality

Birth Date: June 20, 1969

Age: 54 years old

Birth Place: St. Louis, Missouri

Alexandra 'Alex' Guarnaschelli was an executive chef and television personality who appeared on numerous television shows including "Chopped" (2009-2013), "All Star Family Cook-Off" (2012), "The Best Thing I Ever Made" (2011-2013) and her own "Alex's Day Off" (2009-2011), all on the Food Network. She appeared as both a competitor and a judge on the Food Network's "Iron Chef America" (2007-2013), winning the title of "The Next Iron Chef" on the series of the same name in 2012. She also released her first recipe book Old School Comfort Food: The Way I Learned to Cook in 2013.

Born in New York City, Guarnaschelli learned to cook as a young girl while helping her mother Maria, a cookbook editor who worked on the seminal The Joy of Cooking among other high-profile projects, test recipes in the family kitchen. On the day she left school in 1991, Guarnaschelli went to work under the tutelage of American chef Larry Forgione, who encouraged her to travel the world in order to broaden her tastes. She went on to study at La Varenne Culinary School in France and work at the Michelin three-starred Guy Savoy restaurant in Paris. Returning to the United States to work as sous chef at Daniel in Manhattan, she worked her way up to the post of executive chef at both New York's Butter and The Darby restaurants, where she first gained the attention of Food Network producers and began her on-screen career. She was also an instructor and served on the Chef's Advisory Council at New York's Institute of Culinary Education.

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Ciao HouseStream

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2023

Puppy Bowl XIX

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2023

Outchef'dStream

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2022

Alex vs AmericaStream

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2022

From Food Network Kitchen

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2021

All-Star Best Thing I Ever Ate

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2020

GMA3: What You Need to Know

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2020

The Kelly Clarkson ShowStream

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2019

Access Daily

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2019

Supermarket StakeoutStream

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2019

Today With Hoda & Jenna

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2019

Ultimate Thanksgiving ChallengeStream

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2018

Today 3rd Hour

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2018

Guy's Ranch Feast

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2018

Guy's Ranch KitchenStream

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2017

Daily Blast Live

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2017

Live with Kelly and Ryan

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2017

Cooks vs. Cons

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2016

The Real O'NealsStream

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2016
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Celebrity Food Fight

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2015

Christmas at Bobby's

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2015

Chopped JuniorStream

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2015

Chopped JuniorStream

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2015

Chopped After Hours

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2015

Chopped After Hours

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2015

FABLife

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2015

Rachael Ray's Kids Cook-Off

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2015

Valerie's Home CookingStream

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2015

Food Network Star: Extras

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2015

Food Network Star: Extras

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2015

Guilty Pleasures

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2015

All-Star Academy

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2015

Hollywood Today Live

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2014

Young & HungryStream

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2014

America's Best Cook

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2014

Beat Bobby FlayStream

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2014

Beat Bobby FlayStream

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2014

Beat Bobby FlayStream

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2014

Beat Bobby FlayStream

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2014

Late Night With Seth MeyersStream

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2014

The KitchenStream

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2014

The KitchenStream

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2014

The KitchenStream

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2014

The KitchenStream

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2014

Guy's Grocery GamesStream

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2013

Cutthroat KitchenStream

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2013

The Next Iron Chef: Redemption

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2012

Katie

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2012

Live! With Kelly and Michael

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2012

Undercover Critics

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2012

CBS This Morning

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2012

Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off

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2012

LIVE with Kelly

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2011

Thanksgiving Live

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2011

The Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs

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2011

The Chew

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2011

Food Network StarStream

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2011

Food Network StarStream

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2011

The Nate Berkus Show

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2010

Worst Cooks in AmericaStream

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2010

Alex's Day Off

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2009

The Dr. Oz Show

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2009

The Best Thing I Ever AteStream

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2009

The Best Thing I Ever AteStream

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2009

The Best Thing I Ever AteStream

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2009

ChoppedStream

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2009

ChoppedStream

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2009

ChoppedStream

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2009

The Cooking Loft

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2008

The Wendy Williams Show

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2008

Today With Kathie Lee & Hoda

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2007

Chelsea Lately

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2007

The Better Show

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2007

Rachael Ray ShowStream

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2006

Iron Chef AmericaStream

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2004

The View

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Good Morning America

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1975

Today

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1952

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