10 Fun Facts About Chef Wanted’s Host and Mentor Anne Burrell

by in Food Network Chef, Shows, January 26th, 2013

Anne BurrellAnne Burrell may be known to most Food Network fans as the force behind her show, Secrets of a Restaurant Chef, or the author of the New York Times Best Seller, Cook Like a Rock Star. But did you know that Anne Burrell was once a teacher at the Institute of Culinary Education? After cooking at a Michelin one-star restaurant in Italy and New York hot spots Felidia, Savoy and Centro Vinoteca, she took the opportunity to spread her culinary knowledge and passion as a teacher and mentor to students.

On January 31 (10pm/9c), Anne Burrell will be putting her mentor hat back on as she helps top restaurants find an executive chef — the critical employee who can make or break a restaurant — on Chef Wanted. Each week, Anne Burrell will put four candidates through the toughest job interview of their lives, testing everything from their culinary mettle to business acumen. It all ends with the biggest test of all: running the restaurant.

Before it all starts, get to know Chef Anne Burrell better with these fun facts:

1. She’s helped Mario Batali (one of her own most influential mentors) compete in more than 20 Iron Chef America battles as his sous chef.

2. Chef Anne Burrell first met Mario Batali in a wine shop.

3. You’ll never catch Anne eating calf’s liver.

4. She can’t live without a food mill.

5. She would go crazy if she had to work in an office.

6. Her socks never match — she grabs two and goes.

7. She’s a Yankees fan.

8. If she has to choose between a meatball and a burger, her alliance lies with meatballs.

9. She’s always had wild hair. Especially in high school – she’s always liked spiky hair.

10. She wishes she would get picked up by Cash Cab.

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Comments (170)

  1. Lucia Helena says:

    Oi Anne,
    Gostaria muito de receber uma receita de sorvete com amendoa, laranja e hortelã que vc apresentou no seu programa mas eu perdi a receita… Voce pode mandar para o meu e-mail…Por favor… luciahvp@uol.com.br

  2. Bev says:

    Ann has such pretty clothes. She always looks so nice. Hair is her personal choice. Speaking of hair- at least it's not long and hanging down like many of the chefs. Wouldn't be surprised if their hair gets in some of the food they make. How gross. They should put their hair back when they're cooking? And Speaking of Giada – for someone who's attractive & neat as a pin, it's hard to believe the foul language she used in a comment she made about some of the chefs who are on the heavy side. I never would have thought she would talk like that – have a different opinion of her now. (someone who spits the food out – no wonder she's as thin as a rail.) I think she's stuck on herself – eager to show her cleavage, that's for sure. That's it.

  3. Maryola says:

    Anne is awesome, love her hair, love her spunk, and love her cooking. I learn something new everytime I watch her show. I would love to go on America's worst cooks just to learn from her. I love to cook, and love to learn. She is amazing, that is all that should be said on this thread…Don't want to know anything personal about her, it's her business, not mine. Just keep cooking and teaching and I'll watch you every time.

  4. Judith Gleason says:

    Why did they stop new episodes of Secrets of a Restaurant Chef?

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