Alex Guarnaschelli

Chef Alex Guarnaschelli is a judge on Chopped and an Iron Chef, a title she gained after winning The Next Iron Chef: Redemption. The daughter of esteemed cookbook editor Maria Guarnaschelli, after graduating college, Guarnaschelli decided to explore her culinary interests and began working under the tutelage of the acclaimed American chef and restaurateur Larry Forgione. Shortly after, Guarnaschelli moved to France to do a work study at La Varenne Culinary School in Burgundy. After several successful years in France, Guarnaschelli returned stateside, working in acclaimed restaurants such as Daniel and in 2003 became the executive chef at Butter Restaurant. Chef Guarnaschelli released her cookbook Old-School Comfort Food in 2013. In fall 2015, Chef Guarnaschelli opened Driftwood Room at Nautilus South Beach in Miami, Florida. Also in fall 2015, Guarnaschelli premiered her one-woman live comedy show, Busting My Chops at Caroline’s on Broadway.