Vale: Michael Chiarello

US celebrity chef Michael Chiarello, who has featured in SBS Food programming, has died aged 61.

He died on Saturday in a Californian hospital where he was being treated for an acute allergic reaction that led to anaphylactic shock.

“We deeply mourn the loss of our beloved patriarch Michael. His culinary brilliance, boundless creativity, and unwavering commitment to family were at the core of his being. He brought people together through the joy of shared meals, fostering lasting memories around the table,” the Chiarello family shared in a statement. “As we navigate this profound loss, we hold dear the moments we cherished with him, both in his kitchens and in our hearts. His legacy will forever live on in the love he poured into every dish and the passion he instilled in all of us to savor life’s flavors.”

His cooking show Easy Entertaining With Michael Chiarello ran for 10 seasons, and screens in Australia on SBS Food.

In the USA he hosted shows on PBS, Food Network, Fine Living and Cooking Channel for a decade, as well as appeared as a guest chef on the Today show and The View.

Chiarello also served as a judge on Top Chef and Top Chef Masters and participated in the Next Iron Chef competition.

Chiarello was named Chef of the Year from Food & Wine magazine in 1985, and received a Chef of the Year award in 1995.

Source: Variety

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