Alexandra Guarnaschelli is the host of the cooking shows, The Cooking Loft, and Alex’s Day Off, on Food Network. She has also appeared on the network as both a challenger and a judge on Iron Chef America, and has also been a judge on the popular series Chopped.
Alexandra Guarnaschelli heads the kitchen at The Darby in New York City. She has previously been the sous chef at the Manhattan restaurant Daniel, working with the esteemed Daniel Boulud, and she has also worked at the acclaimed Patina restaurant in West Hollywood in Los Angeles. As well, Alexandra Guarnaschelli is the executive chef at Butter Restaurant in New York City. She is also an Instructor at New York City’s Institute of Culinary Education.
Graduating from Barnard College in 1991, Alexandra Guarnaschelli would later study at La Varenne Culinary School in Burgundy, France. After traveling throughout the country, she moved to Paris where she would spend four years working at the Guy Savoy restaurant. She would also soon be promoted to sous chef at another Savoy establishment, La Butte Chaillot.
After returning to the US from France, Alexandra Guarnaschelli moved to Los Angeles for two years to join Joachim Splichal’s Patina Group, and after working at the West Hollywood Patina restaurant, she would move to New York to open Splichal’s first New York City venture. Alexandra Guarnaschelli is the author of Old-School Comfort Food: The Way I Learned to Cook, among other books.
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