10 Things You Didn't Know About Alex Guarnaschelli

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Alex Guarnaschelli spent her childhood surrounded by food. Her first memory of cooking is making stew alongside her mother, a cookbook editor. Since then, she's worked in France with Guy Savoy and in New York City with Daniel Boulud. Now, Alex is a powerhouse on the culinary scene as executive chef of Butter Restaurant in midtown Manhattan and makes frequent Food Network appearances as a judge on Chopped.

While you may know her as an Iron Chef, Alex shared with us a few fun facts about herself that you probably aren't aware of (including what she does every time she walks into a kitchen).

Check out the slideshow above to learn 10 things you didn't know about Alex Guarnaschelli. Then, get ready for Thanksgiving with Alex's 10 foolproof Thanksgiving dinner tips and her favorite Thanksgiving traditions, and discover her secrets to being a great home cook!