Celebrity Chef Michael Chiarello Passed Away at Age 66
The world renowned chef and television host, Michael Chiarello, passed away at the age of 66 on Wednesday.
The world renowned chef and television host, Michael Chiarello, passed away at the age of 66 on Wednesday. He was a beloved celebrity chef and restaurateur who dedicated his life to food and making great memories happen in the kitchen.
Michael Chiarello was born in 1954 in Vallejo, California and attended the California Culinary Academy. After graduating in 1978, he opened his first restaurant in Napa Valley called Tra Vigne. He also worked as a personal chef for Oliver North, the colonel of the United States Marine Corps.
Chiarello became a mainstay in the culinary world, appearing on numerous television shows and writing multiple cookbooks. His flagship restaurant, Bottega, was a favorite for many celebrity chefs, including Gordon Ramsay and Emeril Lagasse.
The chef and cookbook author also co-created and starred in several shows. He was featured most notably on Top Chef, The Next Iron Chef, and the Cooking Channel’s Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello.
In a Twitter post on Wednesday, Gordon Ramsay said, “He was a huge inspiration for younger chefs like myself. His impact on the culinary world will be remembered forever.”
Chiarello is survived by his wife and five children. His family released a statement saying, “We are so grateful for the time we shared with him and the memories that we will carry with us. We take comfort in knowing that he left this world doing what he loved—cooking.”