As the daughter of esteemed cookbook editor Maria Guarnaschelli, Alex spent her childhood surrounded by food. Guarnaschelli learned to eat according to whatever book her mother was working on: one year was Classic Indian Cooking by Julie Sahni; another year was Italian with The Splendid Table by Lynne Rossetto Kasper.
After graduating from Barnard College, she began working for acclaimed American chef Larry Forgione. She then moved to France to do a work-study at La Varenne in Burgundy and on to Paris for four day stage at the Michelin three-star restaurant Guy Savoy. Four days turned into over five years. Guarnaschelli also worked as sous chef at La Butte Chaillot, another Savoy establishment.
Guarnaschelli returned to New York and joined Daniel Boulud at restaurant Daniel, where she soon became sous chef at the Manhattan standard. Guarnaschelli then moved to Los Angeles for two years as sous chef at Joachim Splichal’s Patina restaurant in West Hollywood.
In 2003, Guarnaschelli became the executive chef at Butter Restaurant, where she creates her own American and green market-inspired menu. She also presides over the wine list which has won a Wine Spectator Award six years straight. Guarnaschelli also taught at Institute of Culinary Education for 6 years and is a member of their Advisory Council.
Guarnaschelli has many national television appearances: The Today Show, CBS Morning Show and The Rachael Ray Show. She has been featured in The New York Times, Elle, New York, Time Out New York, People.
Guarnaschelli completed 3 seasons of Alex’s Day Off, a show produced by Bobby Flay, airing on Cooking Channel. She also is a regular judge on the primetime shows Chopped and The Next Iron Chef and is a regular contributor to The Best Thing I Ever Made. She emerged the victor Next Iron Chef: Redemption and is now an iron chef.
Guarnaschelli is a member of the Southern Foodways Alliance, Chefs Collaborative and Les Dames d’ Escoffier. She works to help a number of charities, especially City Harvest, Wellness in the Schools, Share Our Strength, Alex’s Lemonade Stand and SHARE.
Guarnaschelli has also contributed writing to Saveur, Wine Enthusiast, Food and Wine Magazine and Food Network Magazine. Her first cookbook , Old School Comfort Food, came out in the Fall of 2013, published by Clarkson Potter.
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