Alex Guarnaschelli

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America's Best Cook

Alex led the team from the East and took her last remaining cook, Christina, to the finale, where Christina came in second place after a near-perfect performance.

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  • Alex's Day Off

    Little Italy is where is all began for Alex's love of Italian cooking. For Alex, it's all about the ingredients and some of the best are found in her favorite New York neighborhood. The Italian seduction process begins with dessert - a flakey sfogliatella - filled with whole milk ricotta and candied citron and orange. Then, a simple roasted fish with just three ingredients: salt, oil, and lemon. Finally, a salad that pairs distinct Italian flavors like caramelized fennel, fresh orange, and walnut pesto.

  • Alex's Day Off

    Alex tackles the great American pastime - making a serious sandwich. Ingredients are key for this turkey sandwich. It calls for roasted turkey breast, bacon, creamy dressing, and crisp iceberg lettuce. French fries get all the fame, but Alex thinks onion rings are really the overlooked side-kick to a sandwich. These beer battered onion rings come out crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. She finishes off the meal with another sandwich - an almond cookie ice cream sandwich!

  • Alex's Day Off

    Alex gets away from the idea of a classical meal and into something totally fabulous and fun -- a dessert party! Alex treats her friends to three amazing desserts. To start, a crispy and crunchy biscotti filled with hazelnuts and caramel. She adds a tangy lemon curd, which serves as the perfect dunking partner for the biscotti. Alex adds strawberry tartlets; they're like a giant fresh fruit candies. And for something a little naughty and decadent, Alex makes a super chocolaty pots de creme and tops them with homemade whipped cream.

  • Alex's Day Off

    Brunch is Alex's favorite meal of the week and a great time to have fun with food in the kitchen. Alex starts with some simple popovers, topping them with creamy homemade ricotta. Next, a goopy fried egg paired with some old school ground pork patties. Shaped like mini hamburgers, these spicy pork patties are mixed with chili flakes and fennel seeds, then fried in a skillet. For a refreshing brunch drink, she mixes a grapefruit and vodka cocktail.

About Alex Guarnaschelli

A frequent Chopped judge and a mentor on America's Best Cook, Alex also regularly competes on Iron Chef America. More

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