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American Chef Michael Chiarello Dies at 61! Details on His Restaurants and Family

American Chef Michael Chiarello Dies at 61! Details on His Restaurants and Family

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An American celebrity chef, Michael Chiarello rose to popularity after hosting the cooking show, Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello. He is famous for Italian-influenced California cuisine and hosted shows for networks like Food Network and NapaStyle on Fine Living Network. He owns a business venture of wine, Chiarello Family Vineyards. Michael also owns a restaurant named, Coqueta. 

Nationality of Michael Chiarello

Michael was born on January 26, 1962, in Red Bluff, California, United States. As of 2023, Chiarello is 61 years old. Chiarello used to cut her birthday cake annually on the 26th of January. Chiarello had a star sign of Aquarius. He was the son of Antoniette Marie (mother) and Fortunato Chiarello (father).

Michael’s paternal grandparents are Domenico Chiarello and Josephine Mancuso while Pietro Aiello and Vincenzina Grande were his paternal grandparents. Michael had American citizenship while she belongs to the Italian ethnic community. Michael used to follow the Christian religion.

He studied at Red Bluff High School. Chiarello graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1982. 1984 he received his bachelor’s degree in hospitality management at Florida International University.

Michael Chiarello’s Wife

His wife is a skilled photographer, Eileen Marie Gordon. They tied the wedding knot in the presence of their close ones in 2003. Eileen and Michael stayed as a married couple for 17 years. Michael officially divorced Eileen after filing for divorce in 2019.

 Michael Chiarello with his wife in the frame
Caption: Michael Chiarello with his wife in the frame (Photo: People)

He was a father of three daughters and a son. Michael and Eileen gave birth to Felicia Chiarello, Margoux Chiarello, Aidan Chiarello, and Giana Chiarello.

Michael Chiarello’s Net Worth

Chiarello had a net worth of $3.5 million. His salary was $500k as a chef, screenwriter, and presenter. He used to ride his car, a Porsche Boxster.

Michael Chiarello inside the house
Caption: Michael Chiarello inside the house (Photo: People)

Michael Chiarello’s Death

Michael left this universe on October 6, 2023, in Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa. He was only 61 years old at the time of his death. He died due to anaphylaxis after suffering from an allergic reaction. Michael was admitted to the hospital for several weeks due to an acute allergic reaction and his agency announced his death as:

“The late chef’s company passed away at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, where he had been treated for the past week for an acute allergic reaction that led to anaphylactic shock. He spent his final moments surrounded by family and friends, who respectfully asked for privacy during this immensely sad and difficult period.”

Michael Chiarello accused of Sexual Harassment

His two former employees filed complaints against him in San Francisco Superior Court in March 2016. They charged him with sexual harassment and labor law violations. When these two employees were serving VIP customers like Russell Crowe, Kim Kardashian, and Kanye West, they received crude comments from them.

Then, Michael and his management said comments like homophobic and ethnic slurs, mimicked sex acts with food and inappropriately touched employees.  After a year, Michael’s case was settled for an undisclosed amount in 2017.

The Cooking Career of Michael Chiarello

  • In 1984, he opened The Grand Bay Hotel and Toby’s Bar and Grill.
  • Michael worked as a chef at The Heritage Restaurant in Turlocka and also opened a restaurant named, Tra Vigne restaurant. 
  • He worked as executive chef in restaurants like Caffe Museo, Ajax Tavern, and Bump’s and Bisect. 
  • In 2001, he appeared in the cooking show, Season by Season as host.
  • Then, he appeared as the host of shows like Michael Chiarello’s Napa and Michael Chiarello’s Napa: Casual Cooking. 
Michael Chiarello in the frame
Caption: Michael Chiarello in the frame (Photo: People)
  • He made his own show, NapaStyle which premiered on the Food Network’s sister network Fine Living Network in 2004.
  •  In 1985, he received the title of Chef of the Year by Food & Wine Magazine.

TV Shows

He appeared in TV shows like Easy Entertaining With Michael Chiarello, Top Chef, Top Chef Masters, and Next Iron Chef. 


He was the author of cookbooks like Michael Chiarello’s Live Fire: 125 Recipes for Cooking Outdoors, Michael Chiarello’s Bottega, At Home with Michael Chiarello, Michael Chiarello’s Casual Cooking, and so on.

FAQs of Michael Chiarello

What is Michael Chiarello’s Height?

Michael stood at a height of 5 feet 9 inches. He has a beautiful pair of brown colored eyes while his hair is grey in color.

How many restaurants does Michael Chiarello own?

Michael was the owner of more than 10 restaurants. Some of his restaurants are named Bottega Restaurant, Coqueta, Chronicle, and so on. All of his restaurants have more than a 3.5-star review.

What caused Michael Chiarello’s allergic reaction?

Michael’s allergic reaction is yet to be announced. His family only said that he died due to an allergic reaction and was only 61 years old at the time of his death.