More On Alex Guarnaschelli's Married Life, Husband, Daughter, Weight Loss, Net Worth

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More On Alex Guarnaschelli's Married Life, Husband, Daughter, Weight Loss, Net Worth

Quick Information

  • Ex-Husband Brandon Clark (m. 2007–2015)
  • Weight Gain 75 pounds
  • Lesbian No
  • Body Measurements 39-35-36 Inches
  • Eye Color Brown
  • Hair Color Black
  • Hair Long
  • Weight Loss 55 pounds
  • Weight 74 kg
  • Height/ How Tall? 5' 1" (1.55 m)
  • College Barnard College
  • Net Worth $2 Million (Estimated)
  • Dating/Affair No
  • Date of Birth Jun 20, 1972
  • Age 51 Years, 8 Months
  • Wedding Date 29 April 2007
  • Divorce/Split Yes (Once)
  • Relationship Status Single
  • Daughter/s Ava Clark
  • Mother Maria Guarnaschelli
  • Father John Guarnaschelli
  • Ethnicity/Race Italian
  • Religion Christianity
  • Zodiac Sign Gemini
  • Profession Chef
  • Nationality American

Celebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli became a household name after winning the 2012 edition of The Next Iron Chef: Redemption and has contributed to the cooking field, authoring two renowned cookbooks. 

The mother of one, she maintained a happy married life until the couple got separated. However, she has managed a perfect balance between work and personal life.

Alex Guarnaschelli’s Married Life With Husband

Alex began her life's romantic chapter after she first met Brandon Clark, a personal injury lawyer, while teaching a fish cooking class at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York. Brandon recalled his first image of Alex with the NYTimes in May 2007, stating

“Some people found her intimidating. I found her funny, playful, exciting and adorable.”

At the time, Brandon was on the verge of changing careers, becoming a professional chef, and also developed a crush on Alex too.

He “didn’t want to mix romance and cooking” at the time but instead requested a part-time job in the American restaurant, Butter, where Alex serves as the executive chef.

Later, Brandon shared the kitchen fire with Alex as a part-time worker but could never reveal his real feelings for Alex.

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Confiding his school assignment problem, Brandon disappeared, and Alex got an email claiming he had decided in favor of a career change after a week. Brandon also showed his index finger injury, and the executive chef tried all to convince him to continue pursuing food making.

But, Brandon, who is nine years younger than Alex, decided once and for all that the duo were "no longer the chef and a student" but "as a man and a woman.”

Soon, the couple started dating each other, and one day, Brandon showed up in front of Alex's restaurant and proposed to her by serenading her with a guitar. He further convinced Alex to get married.

After dating for a while, The Home Cook: Recipes to Know by Heart author and Brandon got married on 29 April 2007. 

The wedding ceremony was held in the subterranean tavern at Butter, where the bride and groom were accompanied by 125 guests, including fellow chefs, friends, and family.

Alex with husband Brandon on their wedding day (Source: New York Times)

Alex talked to NYTimes about the importance of Brandon in her life a few days after the wedding, 

When I met Brandon I was borderline grieving that I would never have a family

Alex was already pregnant during the wedding, and she gave birth to the couple's daughter, Ava Simone, in September 2007.

Alex Guarnaschelli's husband and daughter

Alex's husband and daughter. (Source: Instagram)

The chef's married life was going still strong until the signs of marriage problems showed up. 

On 10 July, she posted a tweet to share her daily married life routine with Brandon and mentioned that despite being a chef, her husband was better at making coffee than her. Alex wrote,

Alex Guarnaschelli's tweet about her husband

Alex's tweet appreciating her husband being better than her in making a coffee. (Source: Twitter)

However, by 2013, the once fairy-tale-like married life started to develop complications. 

On 1st February, Alex posted a sarcastic message on her Twitter, pointing out that a married life reduces the risk of a heart attack. She wrote,

Alex Guarnaschelli's perspective on married life

Alex's sarcastic tweet regarding married life. (Source: Twitter)

The couple eventually got divorced, and in a 2018 interview with Miami New Times, she described Brandon as her ex-husband.

Alex Guarnaschelli’s Post Divorce

Although the date of the couple's divorce is not revealed, their married life ended somewhere between 2013 and 2018. Despite the split, the 52-year-old has a lovely life maintaining the balance between her professional career and family. 

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Despite her failed married life, she devoted her entire life to her daughter. 

Alex dedicated a post to her daughter on 16 September 2017, writing about her daughter's plans to be a chef.

Alex Guarnaschelli’s Daughter Career Plan

Alex posts daughter's plans to be a chef in the future. (Source: Twitter)

Further, in an interview with Miami New Times in February 2018, she revealed 10-year-old Ava's interest in cooking,

My daughter is interested in cooking, so we'll roll dough together or I'll help her make dinner there

Moreover, Alex also teaches Ava essential life lessons. Her wise words include a strong message to her daughter about never underestimating oneself. 

Alex Guarnaschelli’s Weight Gain To Weight Loss Journey

Although the arrival of Ava has brought much happiness to Alex's life, still the initial years of childbirth were still hard for her as she gained a lot of weight. While giving birth to her child, Alex gained 75 pounds. But after that, she began following a strict diet and workout; and lost about 55 pounds in nearly two years.

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Further, she trains with a fitness trainer about four to five times a week. Alex also suggests her fans do not believe in the corporate ads that say eating low-fat foods can help in losing weight.

As a chef, she knows the difference between a healthy diet and an unhealthy diet. 

First Bad Impression Left On Alex Guarnaschelli By Another Chef

Following the divorce from her husband, Alex has opted to remain low-key about her romantic escapades while establishing her friendships as the front and centerpiece of her life.

Of all her acquaintances at the Food Network, the Fix Me A Plate host seems to have developed a special bond with fellow celebrity chef Bobby Flay over the years.

Alex Guarnaschelli With Bobby Flay

Alex labels Bobby as her best friend forever. (Source: Instagram)

To think that Alex hated Bobby's guts at one point is just beyond the public's comprehension. In People magazine's The Stars of Food Network edition, she revealed:-

"I used to watch Bobby Flay because he was on all the time. And I was like, 'I don’t like that guy. That guy thinks he’s so cool with his grill and spatula.'"

But once the pair got to know each other via their collaborative effort on Alex's Days Off, they became best of friends. In the same People magazine interview, she explained:-

"I couldn't have been more wrong. He’s one of my closest friends now. I realized it was probably just jealousy. He’s amazing!"

Their budding friendship is often mistaken for a brewing romance. Nothing could be further from the truth, as Bobby already has a girlfriend, a woman named Christina Perez. Bobby was previously married to Kate Connelly.

Even with a problematic married life, Alex still continued to build herself and established her name in the cooking industry.

Alex Guarnaschelli’s Career

If you think Chef is just limited in the kitchen, then here is Alex Guarnaschelli to prove you wrong. 

Alex,  born on June 20, 1969,  is the only child of cookbook editor mother, Maria Guarnaschelli, and father, John Guarnaschelli.

Alex's interest in cooking began when she watched her mother testing several recipes at home while editing cookbooks. 

With her interest, she worked hard and entered The Food Network’s Iron Chef America and won the challenge. She then appeared in many programs as a judge. 

After the grand success of Food Network's web series, Fix Me a Plate's opening season, the show, along with its lead chef, Alex Guarnaschelli, returned for a second season in September of 2018. The second season showed Alex return to some of her favorite restaurants and show viewers the action going around in the kitchen.

Similarly, Alex has appeared in some of the Special Premiere episodes of Cooking Channel's The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Alex was also featured in two special episodes alongside Duff Goldman titled "Awesome Asian," and "Terrific Italian,"; which aired respectively on 20th and 27th September of 2018.

As of 2022, she has started her own show named Alex vs. America, which is loved by her followers. 

With her hard work, she has accumulated a net worth of $2 million. 

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Even though she is busy with her work, she still prioritizes her daughter over everything. 

The Manhattan native is currently single. With a busy schedule between her work and Ava, she hardly has any time to think about dating. 

Stay tuned with us to get more updates on Alex Guarnaschelli.