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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  1. kim says:

    she is my all time favorite on foodnetwork…she tells it like it is and holds nothing back…she should have won IC and chopped champions but i will settle for her in any show…love love love the new commericals for WORST COOK IN AMERICA…can't wait..

  2. JRB says:

    Cooks properly prepare food. Chiefs, properly prepare food with an artistic flare. Interestingly, the serving sizes are fairly small. I will take a cook over a chief any time, but they look really good on TV.

  3. Phil says:

    Love Love Love Anne Burrell…she's my friend, IN MY HEAD…hahahaha

  4. kathey says:

    Sorry people it's CHEF not Chief!!!!

  5. Wendy says:

    I love you Ann, you make we want to cook!

  6. @betsynancy says:

    Notes onto bio of herself were a creation onto little whatever not all over to know light cover as 'wrap-up'!

  7. Melanie says:

    I love Ann but wish she would stop giving pointers to the chefs during their "interview". She's not going to be there to help them run the kitchen every day. I understand when it's a show like "worst cooks in america". One show she made the chef remake his pasta because it wasn't done well. She needs to stay out of the kitchen, or at least keep her comments to telling them time updates.

    • shelmax says:

      There would not even be a show and those Chefs would not be given that opportunity if it weren't for Anne. It is her show and she chooses the Chefs to bring to the interviews. What they do right or wrong on that show reflects on her as a Chef, of course she will ride their butts a bit as well she should! Someone has to. =)

    • cjmo2662 says:

      Ummm… isn't that what you call mentoring? How can she teach them anything or give ideas if she can't talk to the applicants other than to give time updates?

  8. Angela says:

    I wanted to know where she bought the blue and white dress that she had on in the first episode.

  9. mildred says:

    We watched a commercial last night for her chef's contest show. We were dismayed when she snarled to a contestant "YOU MAKE ME SICK!" Is that truly the best you can do??? While many people are fighting bullying in all walks of life you show this as entertainment??? You can do much much better.

    • xh3x says:

      A kitchen environment is a lot different to real life. People need to be pushed and they need a leader that is honest and fearless. Talk like that is normal, that's just what happens.

    • MoHub says:

      That was a commercial for "Worst Cooks in America," not "Chef Wanted," and it was schtick.

    • shelmax says:

      No disrespect but the commercial is a play on words meaning that the commercial for "Worst cooks in America" the lady that they Anne and Bobby are speaking to is a horrible cook and her food literally made everyone sick. It is supposed to be funny and not offensive. Anne is an exceptional Chef with a kind heart and she wants to teach people how to cook.

  10. diane says:

    Love Ann and the show. It makes me appreciate the work behind the scenes and what it takes to make a excellent kitchen.

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