Daughter of esteemed cookbook editor, Alex Guarnaschelli grew up surrounded by food. Either being a competitor or a judge of numerous famous cooking shows or by serving as an executive chef at the Butter, she has accumulated an impressive resume. Side-by-side, she has also bagged a whopping net worth.
Alex's journey from finest restaurants in France to the Butter
After years of dedication and practice, Alex is now packed with magnificent culinary knowledge and techniques. No doubt, her mother, Maria Guarnaschelli was her early inspiration in the culinary industry. She developed a love for kitchen seeing her mother testing various recipes while editing cookbooks since she was a little girl.
The aspiring chef has since stepped into numerous culinary journey, including a prolonged stay in France, New York, and Los Angeles. While at France, she worked at some of the country’s finest restaurants including Guy Savoy’s the ‘La Butte Chaillot’.
Afterward, she also landed a job at Daniel Boulud’s eponymous restaurant & Joachim’s Spilchal’s Patina. No wonder, her experiences inspired her to not only master her craft but also be unique with her recipes and presentations.
She gained an opportunity to expand her repertoire after joining the Butter restaurant in 2003. Whenever she’s not on camera or at her home, you can find her at the Butter, where she serves as an executive chef and cooks the seasonal dishes. Also, she was an executive chef at The Darby restaurant before it was closed.
As a skilled chef, Alex has been wowing her fans with elegant & approachable dishes, combining the comforting flavors of Italian, French and American cuisines. Most popularly, among her best-ever recipes, her chocolate caramel cake and eggplant parmigiana (eggplant parm) have pleased the crowd.
Some of her most popular recipes include: Cranberry Sauce, Croque Madame, Italian Chicken Soup with ‘Toasted’ Parmesan Gnocchi, Childhood chocolate cake, Skillet Cornbread with Strawberry Jam, Flatbread with Bacon and Scallon Pesto, Pork Meatballs, Homemade Cannoli, Brisket Tacos with Red Cabbage, Braised Chicken Thigh and Legs with Tomato, Baked Apples with Rum and Cinnamon, and many more.
She has opened her first restaurant named The Driftwood room in South Beach, Nautilus, where she serves seafood strong Mediterranean menu.
Iron Chef Alex has appeared in various cooking shows
Alex is also a celebrity chef well-known for her appearances on several cooking shows on television. In 2007, she went to compete on The Food Network’s Iron Chef America. She took Cat Cora in Farmer's Market Battle and finally, Cora won the challenge. Since then, she has been appearing as judge of the show.
She competed in the 4th season of The Next Iron Chef in 2011, where she was placed 3rd-runner-up. She went to compete on a 5th season of The Next Iron Chef: Redemption and won the challenge finally against Amanda Freitag. Her challenge on the show began airing on 30th December 2012.
She was also a competitor on Food Network Challenge Ultimate Thanksgiving Feast Episode but lost the competition. Afterward, for a brief while, she worked with Geoffrey Zakarian as his sous chef.
In 2008, she had her own show on Food Network, The Cooking Loft with Alex Guarnaschelli, where she taught a group of students how to create new varieties of standard dishes. She serves on the judging panel on shows like Food Network Challenge, Chopped and The Best Thing I Ever Ate. On 25 November 2015, she had a special guest appearance in a special on-hour episode of the Nickelodeon TV Show Nicky, Ricky, Dicky & Dawn.
She hosts her own show called Alex’s Day Off on Food Network that premiered in 2009, October and is aired regularly on Saturday mornings on Australia's Foxtel Food Network. She has been a devoted culinary artist for decades.
Chronicling her experiences, autobiographical details and recipes, she released her first cookbook entitled Old School Comfort Food: The Way I Learned to Cook in 2013. Whether on television shows, in New York’s Butter restaurant, writing blogs for magazines or at home with her daughter, every time she lives a life infused with food and ingredients. Her new cookbook, The Home Cook: Recipes to Know by Heart is expected in September 2017.
Alex’s love for the kitchen, culinary writing, and TV appearances have provided a notable basis for her net worth, which is estimated at $2 million.
|Net Worth (USD)||$ 2,000,000 - Two Million US Dollars|
|Best Known For||America's Next Iron Chef 2012|
|Working For||Butter restaurant NYC|