Alex Guarnaschelli Signs Exclusive Multi-Year Deal With Food Network

Deal includes hosting a new primetime series

Alex Guarnaschelli has signed an exclusive multi-year, multi-platform deal with the Food Network, the network announced on Thursday.

Under the new deal, Guarnaschelli will host a new, primetime series. She will also appear as a recurring co-host on the Saturday morning show “The Kitchen,” and will continue to judge the competition series “Chopped,” and her digital series, “Fix Me a Plate,” in which she goes behind the scenes at her favorite restaurants.

Guarnaschelli originally appeared on the network as a contestant on “Food Network Challenge” in 2006. In 2012, she overcame nine other chefs to be named Iron Chef on “The Next Iron Chef: Redemption.” She has also been a guest on “Beat Bobby Flay,” “Guy’s Grocery Games,” “Guy’s Ranch Kitchen” and Cooking Channel’s “The Best Things I Ever Ate.”

“Food Network has been my extended family for as long as I can remember, and if I didn’t have a knife in my hand right now, I would pinch myself at the thought that I get to continue to have the opportunity to create so much fun and delicious content and memories,” Guarnaschelli said in a statement.

“Alex Guarnaschelli’s passion comes through in everything she does – as a mother, chef, host and judge she has captivated our audience with her charismatic personality, sharp wit, and comedic-timing. Not just a favorite of Food Network’s audience, Alex is equally sought after by Food Network talent who love having her on their shows,” Food Network president Courtney White said. “I am thrilled and excited this Iron Chef will remain in our Food Network family, continuing to entertain and engage fans across all of our platforms for years to come.”