Alex Guarnaschelli

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Mother Knows Best
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Alex Guarnaschelli and August share a special bond in the All-Star kitchen.

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When she's not busy judging Chopped and cooking at her New York City eateries, Alex is hitting up her favorite spots around the country.

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  • Alex's Day Off

    Making dinner for a group of friends doesn't have to sap you of all your time and energy. Alex shows how pork tenderloin with "built in" vegetables can be quick and delicious. Gooey cheese sandwiches, a wilted bourbon salad, and a simple, but beautiful pear dessert finish the meal perfectly.

  • Alex's Day Off

    Alex makes some of her greatest hits of Indian Dishes. Taken from her childhood memories of her Mother cooking with Indian spices, Alex adds her own authentic style to each dish. Braised chicken thighs are slathered in a tomato sauce and infused with a blast of spices. For a side, Alex turns an innocent head cabbage into an unforgettable side of Indian mischief. The appetizer is cauliflower dusted with smoked paprika, coated in beer batter, and fried into little fritter nuggets. Plus, she bakes some tangy Indian bread, naan, which acts like an extra utensil for all of these dishes.

  • Alex's Day Off

    Alex digs back into her roots and brings to life some of her family's favorite comfort dishes. She takes a simple pork meatball and transforms it into "a crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside" masterpiece. She slathers it with her mom's signature marinara sauce. It's the perfect tomato sauce with hints of basil, carrot, and red pepper flakes. For a side, Alex stuffs an artichoke with all of her favorite flavors of Italian cooking - fennel, bread crumbs, cheese, and garlic. And for dessert, a chocolate crostada filled with an oozy dark chocolate center.

  • Alex's Day Off

    Today is all about really good pub food, some pure fun food. When Alex walks into a pub, the first thing she orders is a juicy burger. Alex's version of a burger involves her secret blend of ground beef mixed with caramelized vegetables and topped with melt-y cheese. To go with that burger, a charred tomato soup topped with a crouton and way too much melted cheese bubbling over the edges. For sides, some tangy red cabbage coleslaw and golden fried zucchini spears.

About Alex Guarnaschelli

A frequent Chopped judge and a mentor on All-Star Academy, Alex also regularly competes on Iron Chef America. More

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