16 Things You Didn't Know About Alex Guarnaschelli

This Chopped judge and All-Star Academy mentor may be a familiar face. But what do you know about Alex Guarnaschelli when she’s not on TV?

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Get to Know Alex

Ever wondered about Alex’s must-have kitchen tool, late-night snack or guilty pleasure food? Read on to find out.

Favorite Show to Judge: Chopped

Favorite Chef to Cook With: Geoffrey Zakarian

Favorite Dish to Cook for Family: "Italian-American Classics"

Get the Recipe: Eggplant Parmigiana

Strangest Thing in Her Refrigerator: "Some Ghost Chiles That Have Been Fermenting for, Like, a Year and a Half"

Favorite Spices: "It's a Tie. ... Ground Ginger ... [and] Aleppo Pepper"

Achilles’ Heel Ingredients: Chicken Feet and Hot Dogs

Under the Sea: If She Weren't a Chef, She Would Be a Marine Biologist

Most-Memorable Meal: Her Mother’s Scallops in Shells and Chocolate Caramel Cake

Guilty-Pleasure Food: In-N-Out Burger

Foods She Always Orders Out: Fried Squid or Clam — “Tastes Like Deep-Fried Ocean!”

Must-Have Kitchen Tool: $5 Paring Knife

We’ll Never Catch Her Eating: Pattypan Squash or Haggis

Favorite Food City: Charleston, S.C.

Late-Night Snack of Choice: Cold Spaghetti and Meatballs

Last Supper Meal Must-Have: Chocolate and Pistachio Souffles

Favorite Cooking Buddy: Her Daughter

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