Food stuff Network star Michael Chiarello, who released his decades-lengthy vocation as a chef and restaurateur in Northern California’s Napa Valley, died on Friday, October 6, after struggling an acute allergic reaction that led to anaphylactic shock, the AP reports. The chef had been hospitalized at Queen of the Valley Clinical Middle in Napa although “receiving therapy for the allergic response in excess of the previous week.” The Mercury Information reports that neither medical practitioners nor Chiarello’s loved ones know what prompted the allergic response.

The chef’s restaurants in San Francisco and Napa Valley, which incorporate Coqueta at Pier 5 and Bottega, Ottimo, and Coquetta in Yountville, remain open up.

Mates, household, and fellow culinary stars such as chef Emeril Lagasse took to social media to mourn the chef’s passing at 61 years old. In an Instagram submit on Monday, fellow Food stuff Network chef Geoffrey Zakarian shared fond memories of doing the job with the chef on Iron Chef and available condolences to Chiarello’s loved ones. “His love of lifestyle was wrapped close to food stuff and spouse and children and his revolutionary mix of impossibly tasty California and Italian food items will usually reside on,” the write-up reads in part.

Chiarello grew up in Turlock in California’s Central Valley right before attending culinary college at the Culinary Institute of The us in Hyde Park, New York. However he opened his 1st cafe in Miami, his vocation genuinely released when he was named govt chef at Tra Vigne restaurant in St. Helena in 1987, when Chiarello was 24 yrs aged. As pointed out in the San Francisco Chronicle’s timeline of Chiarello’s occupation, Tra Vigne is where by Chiarello established himself as a person of the most influential cooks in Napa Valley.

Chiarello went on to open up his vineyard, Chiarello Family Vineyards, and publish a number of cookbooks, but wasn’t right until the 1990s and early 2000s that he commenced reaching countrywide stardom, opening added places to eat in California, Colorado, and Arizona. He remaining Tra Vigne in 2001, two many years before breaking into the media scene with his very own Foods Network demonstrate, “Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello.” In the a long time right after, Chiarello grew to become a standard facial area on a selection of foods displays and competitions which include “Next Iron Chef” and “Chopped.”

In 2016, having said that, two previous staff of Coqueta in San Francisco submitted a lawsuit accusing Chiarello and other administration-degree staff members of making an allegedly “sexually charged, hostile, and abusive ecosystem,” Eater described at the time. The lawsuits precisely accused the chef of “regularly” making “sexual remarks about female shoppers to his staff members,” amid other allegations. A second lawsuit alleged that Chiarello and his cafe team Gruppo Chiarello “failed to pay back wages and extra time, manipulated clocks and timesheets and compelled entrance of the household staff to pool their guidelines with the kitchen area employees.” Later on that 12 months, he made headlines once more after being arrested in Napa for driving below the affect of alcoholic beverages and the possession of a controlled compound.

Chiarello is survived by his wife, Eileen, and four young children.