Celebrity chef Michael Chiarello died at the age of 61 at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa on Saturday, as confirmed by Gruppo Chiarello.

Chiarello was admitted to the medical center and was receiving treatment for a severe allergic response that sadly led to anaphylactic shock for a week at Queen of the Valley in Napa. He passed away while surrounded by loved ones and friends, who respectfully asked for privacy during this extraordinarily difficult time.

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Who was Michael Chiarello?

Michael Chiarello was a renowned American celebrity chef known for his mastery of Italian-influenced California cuisine and his commitment to sustainability. He was also a winery, restaurateur, and television personality.

Chiarello was a native of Red Bluff, California, and started his culinary career at the age of 14. Prior to opening Tra Vigne in the Napa Valley in 1986, his culinary travels brought him to a number of prestigious restaurants in California and Europe. The quick success of Tra Vigne cemented Chiarello’s position as a key player in the neighborhood’s culinary scene.

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Bottega Napa Valley, a restaurant renowned for its emphasis on fresh Italian cooking, was unveiled by Chiarello in 1998. Several magazines have praised Bottega highly and listed it as one of the top restaurants in the country.

In addition to his culinary endeavors, Chiarello was the curator of the prestigious winery Chiarello Family Vineyards. His employment as a television host on channels like the Food Network and Fine Living Network flourished as well.

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Chiarello was a firm supporter of sustainability and created a lasting impression on the food scene. He was a leader in promoting the use of ingredients that were farmed and sourced locally and in developing sustainable agricultural techniques.

In addition, he mentored many young cooks, making a significant contribution to the development of the New American Cuisine movement.