With her trademark spiky blond hair and pumped-up personality, Anne
Burrell eliminates the intimidation of restaurant dishes and reveals
concise, easy-to-master techniques for the at-home cook on her Food
Network series, Secrets of a Restaurant Chef. Chef Burrell has
also worked at some of the top restaurants in New York, studied the
culinary landscape and traditions of Italy, and battled alongside Mario
Batali on Food Network’s Iron Chef America.
Growing up in upstate New York, Chef Burrell developed a passion for
food and cooking at an early age. After obtaining an English and
Communications degree from Canisius College in Buffalo, NY, she pursued
her interest in the restaurant business by enrolling at The Culinary Institute of America. Following graduation,
Chef Burrell spent a year in Italy attending the Italian Culinary
Institute for Foreigners while working at La Taverna del Lupo in Umbria
and La Bottega del’ 30, a one-Michelin star restaurant in Tuscany. During her time in Italy, she grew to truly appreciate and understand the philosophy of Italian cuisine and culture, which left a lasting impact on her culinary point of view.
Upon her arrival in New York City, Chef Burrell was hired as a sous
chef at Felidia, working with Lidia Bastianich. She then served as a
chef at Savoy, where she cooked over an open wood fire and created
flavorful menus inspired by countries around the Mediterranean. Here,
she developed her personal culinary style—a real love of rustic food
made with pure and simple ingredients that have intense flavors. Chef
Burrell was the executive chef at Lumi and, shortly thereafter, she
became the special events chef at the Italian Wine Merchants. In 2007,
Chef Burrell was the executive chef at Centro Vinoteca in New York. She
has authored two cookbooks: Cook Like a Rock Star and Own Your Kitchen: Recipes to Inspire & Empower.
Chef Burrell has gone on to co-host Worst Cooks in America with Tyler Florence, Chefs Wanted with Anne Burrell, and starred in Next Iron Chef: Super Chefs. She has been a guest judge on Beat Bobby Flay and appeared on The Rachael Ray Show. In 2015, Chef Burrell won the fourth installment of the Chopped All-Stars Tournament winning $75,000 for the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation.
On April 25, 2018, Anne Burrell was honored at the CIA’s annual
Leadership Awards event with an Augie Award®—given to those who
exemplify the CIA’s values of leadership, creativity, and depth of
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