Food Network Personality Michael Chiarello Has Died at 61 Years Old

Celebrity chef Michael Chiarello died at the age of 61 on Oct. 6, 2023, leaving many to wonder what the Food Network star's cause of death was.


Oct. 9 2023, Published 10:03 a.m. ET

Mihcael Chiarello cooking at the Whole Foods festival in 2015.
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The Gist:

  • Food Network personality and celebrity chef Michael Chiarello is dead at the age of 61 after he suffered from an allergic reaction that led to anaphylactic shock.
  • Michael opened his first restaurant in 1987, and eventually parlayed his success into a career as a cooking personality.
  • He was also accused of sexual harassment by two former employees in 2016, and denied the charges against him.
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Following the news on Oct. 6, 2023, that celebrity chef and Food Network personality Michael Chiarello had died at the age of 61, many of the chef's fans were understandably shocked. In a statement released by Michael's family, they said they are mourning him following his fairly sudden death.

“We deeply mourn the loss of our beloved patriarch Michael,” Chiarello’s family said in a statement, according to The Wrap. “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.”

Following the news of his death, many wanted to know what Michael's cause of death was.

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Michael Chiarello cooking at the 6th Food Network Festival.
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What was Michael Chiarello's cause of death?

According to a statement released by his restaurant group, Michael died after suffering from an allergic reaction that led to anaphylactic shock.

The statement from Michael's family added that they would hold Michael's memory close: "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."

Michael opened his first restaurant, called Tra Vigne, in 1987, and went on to open many other restaurants afterward. He eventually parlayed his success as a restauranteur into work as a host. Even as he found great success, though, Michael also faced allegations of sexual harassment from two former employees in 2016. The lawsuits filed against him over the claims were eventually settled.

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