Famed Bay Area chef Michael Chiarello died at the age of 61 on Friday night San Francisco Chronicle mentioned.
Chiarello was known for opening several restaurants around Napa Valley and San Francisco, including Coquita, Ottimo, and Bottega. He also hosted the show “Easy Entertaining” on Food Network and owns Chiarello Family Vineyards in Yountville.
Chiarello died at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa due to an allergic reaction that led to anaphylactic shock. Business wire mentioned. He was in the hospital receiving treatment for an allergic reaction over the past week.
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“As we face this tremendous loss, we cherish the moments we have 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 the flavors of life,” the Chiarello family shared in a statement. , according to Business Wire.
Chiarello is best known for his Italian-inspired cuisine in California. In 1987, he opened his first restaurant, Tra Vigne, in Napa Valley.
In 2016, Chiarello was accused of sexual harassment by two former Coquita employees. The lawsuits brought by the former employees were settled the following year.
Chiarello Gruppo Chiarello operates four restaurants: Bottega, Ottimo and Coqueta in Yountville, as well as a second Coqueta location on the Embarcadero in San Francisco.
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