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Zagat Spotlight: +Alexandra Guarnaschelli

(Join our Hangout with this +Food Network star and Executive Chef of NYC hotspots +The Darby and +Butter Restaurant happening right now!)

Tell us what a typical day is like for you.
Go to the restaurant, either Butter or The Darby and work on the menu, experimenting with new ideas. I also eat with my staff. We ttry different restaurants. NYC is so vibrant with new things happening all the time. It’s hard to keep up!

What was the last thing you ate?
Roasted beets with pickled onions.

What is something about you that most people don’t know?
I love Formula 1 car racing and want to go to a Grand Prix so badly.

What was one of your best meals ever?
Alain Passard’s L’Arpege in Paris (

Care to share an insider dining/shopping/travel tip with us?
When you travel, make a list of all the places you want to go. Tear off the bottom half of the list and visit only upper half. You’ll enjoy things so much more if you do less.

What is your favorite way to de-stress?
Haven’t found that yet.

What’s your favorite restaurant from the last year?
L’Artusi (

Do you have any kitchen injury stories?
Too many to name.

What’s a pro cooking tip that you can share?
Make what you love to eat and don’t worry about what anyone thinks.

Any tips for managing a kitchen?
Be nice.

What's the best advice you've ever received?
Be nice.

+Sherree Worrell wanted to know: "I'm a huge fan of Alex Guarnaschelli. I'd like to know if her experience on The Next Iron Chef changed anything she now does in her own approach to cooking - personally or in her restaurants."

It changed one thing: I didn’t expect to still want to be an Iron Chef. I thought the experience would get it out of my system. Nope.

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We're hosting a Hangout with +Alexandra Guarnaschelli Food Network star and Executive Chef of NYC hotspots +The Darby and +Butter Restaurant tomorrow at 2:30pm EST. Want to know what it's like to be a judge on Chopped or looking for advice on restaurants or cooking? Comment with your question or try to grab a spot at 2:30 pm EST tomorrow and to ask her yourself!

Are you a big fan? Let us know and we'll try to get you get a personal invite to the Hangout so you have a chance to ask Alex your questions!
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