Alex Guarnaschelli is an Iron Chef, Food Network "celebrity" chef and the world-renowned executive chef at New York City's Butter restaurant. She is also a television personality on the Food Network shows Chopped and America's Best Cook. In 2012, she was crowned America's Next Iron Chef on Iron Chef America, currently the only woman with that distinction and only the second female ever to obtain that TV honor. In 2013, Guarnaschelli's first cookbook was published, Old-School Comfort Food: The Way I Learned to Cook.

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What is your earliest memory involving food or wine?
My mother used to make me braised carrots with brown sugar. I used to watch them bubble and develop that delicious sugar glaze. It made me so hungry. I loved the magic of how ingredients change as they cook.

If you've participated in the Festival before, what is your favorite SOBEWFF memory to date?
Watching the students work side by side with the chefs at the events reminds me of the festival's ultimate goal. Yes. it's also about the food and wine and the excitement of sharing with the community bout watching the kids learn and be exposed to exciting ingredients is my favorite part

If you could cook with anyone in the world, who would it be?
I would like to cook again with my mentor Guy Savoy in Paris

I never leave home without my:
If I'm cooking that day, I always bring my trusty 6 dollar paring knife. I don't leave home without it!