Recipes from My Favorite Chef - Anne Burrell forum: About Anne Burrell

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Sep 9, 2010 11:46 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
I don't know whether you know Anne Burrell or not but she just happens to be my favorite television chef these days. I've been following her for a while and just love her no-nonsense cooking and her good old down-to-earth methods. She's modern and strait forward but you can tell that she just loves good food, as well as creating it.

She currently hosts a show on the Food Network called "Secrets of a Restaurant Chef". I currently have about 50 episodes recorded on DVR and plan on cooking many of her dishes and putting them on this thread! Wish me luck!

Here's some information about Anne (listed on Wikipedia)

Anne W. Burrell (born March 6, 1969) is an American chef, TV personality, and instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. She is the host of the Food Network shows, Secrets Of a Restaurant Chef and Worst Cooks in America, and appears on other programs on the network such as Iron Chef America and The Best Thing I Ever Ate. She is also one of Iron Chef Mario Batali's sous chefs in the Iron Chef America series.

Burrell was born in Cazenovia, New York. She attended Canisius College in Buffalo and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in English in 1991.

A year later, Burrell enrolled at the Culinary Institute of America, eventually graduating in 1996 with an Associate in Occupational Studies. She also studied at the Italian Culinary Institute for Foreigners in Asti in the Piedmont region.


After the ICIF experience, Burrell remained in Italy, working in various restaurants for nine months. She worked at La Bottega del '30, a small restaurant in Tuscany with one seating each night.

Burrell returned to the U.S. as a sous chef at Felidia, owned by celebrity chef Lidia Bastianich. The connection with Bastianich would help her career. She became the chef at Savoy, a small prix fixe dining room. After Savoy, Burrell began teaching at the Culinary Institute of America. Lidia Bastianich's son and restaurateur, Joseph Bastianich, and Chef Mario Batali named Burrell the chef for Italian Wine Merchants, their New York wine store. The Batali connection would further propel her career.

She later became the executive chef of Centro Vinoteca, an Italian restaurant in New York City's West Village area which opened in 2007. She left the restaurant in September 2008 due to her busy schedule and many commitments. The departure also meant that she would not start at Gusto Ristorante, as both of the restaurants are part of Mangia Hospitality Group. Burrell has plans to open her first restaurant in 2010 in New York City.


In 2005, Iron Chef Mario Batali asked Burrell to serve as one of his sous chefs, along with Chef and Restaurateur Mark Ladner, for a pilot taping of Food Network’s the Iron Chef America series. She has continued to serve as his sous chef.

Burrell's Food Network show, Secrets Of a Restaurant Chef, debuted June 29, 2008. In 2009, she appeared on another Food Network show, The Best Thing I Ever Ate, in which chefs recount their favorite restaurant's dishes.

In 2010, Burrell joined Chef Beau MacMillan as hosts of a new Food Network reality series named Worst Cooks in America. Burrell and MacMillan lead contestants in a so-called "culinary boot camp" on their journey to become better cooks. The new show premiered January 3, 2010.

Other projects

In 2009, Burrell has also appeared with fellow Food Network personality Guy Fieri on the Guy Fieri Roadshow, a multi-state rock n' roll food tour.

Burrell, along with fellow Food Network personalities Sunny Anderson and Claire Robinson, appeared in the 2009 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on the Food Network float.

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Sep 10, 2010 4:19 AM CST
Name: Hetty
Sunny Naples, Florida
I currently have about 50 episodes recorded on DVR and plan on cooking many of her dishes and putting them on this thread!

OK, I just KNOW you'll need a taster to make sure all these try-outs turn out OK. I'll sacrifice my precious time and volunteer, Kathy.... Hilarious!
Sep 12, 2010 2:07 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
No, No,'ve got it all wrong Hetty! You have to make them also! Hilarious!
Nov 11, 2010 1:17 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Anne Burrell recommends Cookbooks

Nov 11, 2010 1:28 PM CST
Name: Kathy Guagliano
Port Charlotte Florida
Anne's 5 bean test to make sure the beans are cooked right! Hilarious!

Oct 23, 2011 4:47 PM CST
Name: Donna
I like her too:) She really seems more "regular" than some of the other hosts. She really does seem to love what she does and it cracks me up when she sweet talks her ingredients:lol:

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