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'Chopped' Judge Alex Guarnaschelli on Summer Cooking and Desserts

'Chopped' Judge Alex Guarnaschelli on Summer Cooking and Desserts

Tomorrow is set to be New York's first 90-degree day, and while Californians may think it's already mid-summer, the season is just getting started in certain parts of the country.

The Daily Meal chatted with chef Alex Guarnaschelli (who you may have seen on Iron Chef and Chopped) to help guide us through cooking in the hottest couple of months of the year. Guarnaschelli just teamed up with Häagen-Dazs to launch a free e-book about summertime (and raise some $75,000 for honey bee research), so naturally we asked the executive chef of Butter about desserts with ice cream.

"Honestly, for me the summertime is about simplicity," Guarnaschelli told us. "I think people want to cook new, interesting things that are easy."

For dessert, it could be a scoop of ice cream, with a little flavor mixed in. "You can go to the market and buy lemon verbena, or five varieties of mint, mash those leaves up, and stir them into ice cream," she said. "To me that's not the same as getting mint ice cream. It has the flavor running all through it."

If you want to look even fancier, Guarnaschelli suggests filling a pie shell with ice cream or sorbet, creating a classic, creamy fruit pie, the new ice cream cake. Los Angeles' Mozza's strawberry pie, for example, is something she wish she had invented.

"You could fill a pie shell with raspberry sorbet, pack it down and top it with a warm raspberry jam," she said, "and then you have something that’s lighter and something different from a pile of fudge and nuts and ice cream."

And of course, there are some summer flavors to definitely bring into the mix. Her top choice? Tomatoes. "Tomato's a fruit," she said. "I sautéed some little cherry tomatoes, and I put a scoop of vanilla over them and a squeeze of lemon juice? So good."

Other additions? Honey, lemon or orange juice, brown sugar, and some cinnamon ice cream. "All of a sudden, you've created this whole new universe," she said, and yet it's so easy.

"A little bit of healthy lying is also part of my summertime dessert agenda. 'Why yes I made this ice cream myself. I’m exhausted in fact,'" said Guarnaschelli. "Any way that anybody cooks, and makes their own food from ingredients they’re proud of? I’m down. I’m coming over for dinner."

Jessica Chou is an associate editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @jesschou.


Food Network star Alex Guarnaschelli is engaged to a ɼhopped' winner

Alex Guarnaschelli is engaged to "Chopped" champion Michael Castellon! The Food Network star shared the happy news by posting a picture of her ring on Instagram Saturday — which also happened to be her birthday.

"Ok @chermike808, you’re on!" the frequent TODAY show guest captioned her post which showcased her gorgeous emerald and diamond engagement ring. Guarnaschelli told People that Castellon proposed while they were out grocery shopping for her socially-distanced birthday party. On the way home, Castellon tricked Guarnaschelli into getting out of the car by telling her he had spotted a stray dog running loose. As Castellon returned to the vehicle, he told his then-girlfriend that the "dog" he had seen was really just a deer.

Guarnaschelli, who said she is overly-trusting of her now-fiancé, soon realized it was a ploy.

"And he goes, 'There's no deer.' I turn, and I look and he's on one knee," she said. "He's like, 'This is why I have to marry you because you just believe me every time.' He said, 'Will you marry me?' and he gave me the ring."

Castellon also shared a picture of Guarnaschelli's rock on his Instagram and, throughout the weekend, fellow celebrity chefs, friends and fans posted congratulatory messages to the culinary couple.

"THAT IS AMAZING. HUGE BIG FAT CONGRATS DOLLFACE. " said Anne Burrell. "We can plan our weddings together. " The "Worst Cooks in America" star announced her own engagement in April.

"Wow! Congratulations dear," wrote "Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi.

Related

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Guarnaschelli and Castellon have been dating for four years and first met when Guarnaschelli (who is the executive chef at Butter) dined at Castellon's restaurant. She raved about the steak and her dining companion took her into the kitchen to meet Castellon so she could sing her praises in person.


Food Network star Alex Guarnaschelli is engaged to a ɼhopped' winner

Alex Guarnaschelli is engaged to "Chopped" champion Michael Castellon! The Food Network star shared the happy news by posting a picture of her ring on Instagram Saturday — which also happened to be her birthday.

"Ok @chermike808, you’re on!" the frequent TODAY show guest captioned her post which showcased her gorgeous emerald and diamond engagement ring. Guarnaschelli told People that Castellon proposed while they were out grocery shopping for her socially-distanced birthday party. On the way home, Castellon tricked Guarnaschelli into getting out of the car by telling her he had spotted a stray dog running loose. As Castellon returned to the vehicle, he told his then-girlfriend that the "dog" he had seen was really just a deer.

Guarnaschelli, who said she is overly-trusting of her now-fiancé, soon realized it was a ploy.

"And he goes, 'There's no deer.' I turn, and I look and he's on one knee," she said. "He's like, 'This is why I have to marry you because you just believe me every time.' He said, 'Will you marry me?' and he gave me the ring."

Castellon also shared a picture of Guarnaschelli's rock on his Instagram and, throughout the weekend, fellow celebrity chefs, friends and fans posted congratulatory messages to the culinary couple.

"THAT IS AMAZING. HUGE BIG FAT CONGRATS DOLLFACE. " said Anne Burrell. "We can plan our weddings together. " The "Worst Cooks in America" star announced her own engagement in April.

"Wow! Congratulations dear," wrote "Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi.

Related

Food Celebrity chef Anne Burrell is engaged to Stuart Claxton: 'I was bawling'

Guarnaschelli and Castellon have been dating for four years and first met when Guarnaschelli (who is the executive chef at Butter) dined at Castellon's restaurant. She raved about the steak and her dining companion took her into the kitchen to meet Castellon so she could sing her praises in person.


Food Network star Alex Guarnaschelli is engaged to a ɼhopped' winner

Alex Guarnaschelli is engaged to "Chopped" champion Michael Castellon! The Food Network star shared the happy news by posting a picture of her ring on Instagram Saturday — which also happened to be her birthday.

"Ok @chermike808, you’re on!" the frequent TODAY show guest captioned her post which showcased her gorgeous emerald and diamond engagement ring. Guarnaschelli told People that Castellon proposed while they were out grocery shopping for her socially-distanced birthday party. On the way home, Castellon tricked Guarnaschelli into getting out of the car by telling her he had spotted a stray dog running loose. As Castellon returned to the vehicle, he told his then-girlfriend that the "dog" he had seen was really just a deer.

Guarnaschelli, who said she is overly-trusting of her now-fiancé, soon realized it was a ploy.

"And he goes, 'There's no deer.' I turn, and I look and he's on one knee," she said. "He's like, 'This is why I have to marry you because you just believe me every time.' He said, 'Will you marry me?' and he gave me the ring."

Castellon also shared a picture of Guarnaschelli's rock on his Instagram and, throughout the weekend, fellow celebrity chefs, friends and fans posted congratulatory messages to the culinary couple.

"THAT IS AMAZING. HUGE BIG FAT CONGRATS DOLLFACE. " said Anne Burrell. "We can plan our weddings together. " The "Worst Cooks in America" star announced her own engagement in April.

"Wow! Congratulations dear," wrote "Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi.

Related

Food Celebrity chef Anne Burrell is engaged to Stuart Claxton: 'I was bawling'

Guarnaschelli and Castellon have been dating for four years and first met when Guarnaschelli (who is the executive chef at Butter) dined at Castellon's restaurant. She raved about the steak and her dining companion took her into the kitchen to meet Castellon so she could sing her praises in person.


Food Network star Alex Guarnaschelli is engaged to a ɼhopped' winner

Alex Guarnaschelli is engaged to "Chopped" champion Michael Castellon! The Food Network star shared the happy news by posting a picture of her ring on Instagram Saturday — which also happened to be her birthday.

"Ok @chermike808, you’re on!" the frequent TODAY show guest captioned her post which showcased her gorgeous emerald and diamond engagement ring. Guarnaschelli told People that Castellon proposed while they were out grocery shopping for her socially-distanced birthday party. On the way home, Castellon tricked Guarnaschelli into getting out of the car by telling her he had spotted a stray dog running loose. As Castellon returned to the vehicle, he told his then-girlfriend that the "dog" he had seen was really just a deer.

Guarnaschelli, who said she is overly-trusting of her now-fiancé, soon realized it was a ploy.

"And he goes, 'There's no deer.' I turn, and I look and he's on one knee," she said. "He's like, 'This is why I have to marry you because you just believe me every time.' He said, 'Will you marry me?' and he gave me the ring."

Castellon also shared a picture of Guarnaschelli's rock on his Instagram and, throughout the weekend, fellow celebrity chefs, friends and fans posted congratulatory messages to the culinary couple.

"THAT IS AMAZING. HUGE BIG FAT CONGRATS DOLLFACE. " said Anne Burrell. "We can plan our weddings together. " The "Worst Cooks in America" star announced her own engagement in April.

"Wow! Congratulations dear," wrote "Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi.

Related

Food Celebrity chef Anne Burrell is engaged to Stuart Claxton: 'I was bawling'

Guarnaschelli and Castellon have been dating for four years and first met when Guarnaschelli (who is the executive chef at Butter) dined at Castellon's restaurant. She raved about the steak and her dining companion took her into the kitchen to meet Castellon so she could sing her praises in person.


Food Network star Alex Guarnaschelli is engaged to a ɼhopped' winner

Alex Guarnaschelli is engaged to "Chopped" champion Michael Castellon! The Food Network star shared the happy news by posting a picture of her ring on Instagram Saturday — which also happened to be her birthday.

"Ok @chermike808, you’re on!" the frequent TODAY show guest captioned her post which showcased her gorgeous emerald and diamond engagement ring. Guarnaschelli told People that Castellon proposed while they were out grocery shopping for her socially-distanced birthday party. On the way home, Castellon tricked Guarnaschelli into getting out of the car by telling her he had spotted a stray dog running loose. As Castellon returned to the vehicle, he told his then-girlfriend that the "dog" he had seen was really just a deer.

Guarnaschelli, who said she is overly-trusting of her now-fiancé, soon realized it was a ploy.

"And he goes, 'There's no deer.' I turn, and I look and he's on one knee," she said. "He's like, 'This is why I have to marry you because you just believe me every time.' He said, 'Will you marry me?' and he gave me the ring."

Castellon also shared a picture of Guarnaschelli's rock on his Instagram and, throughout the weekend, fellow celebrity chefs, friends and fans posted congratulatory messages to the culinary couple.

"THAT IS AMAZING. HUGE BIG FAT CONGRATS DOLLFACE. " said Anne Burrell. "We can plan our weddings together. " The "Worst Cooks in America" star announced her own engagement in April.

"Wow! Congratulations dear," wrote "Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi.

Related

Food Celebrity chef Anne Burrell is engaged to Stuart Claxton: 'I was bawling'

Guarnaschelli and Castellon have been dating for four years and first met when Guarnaschelli (who is the executive chef at Butter) dined at Castellon's restaurant. She raved about the steak and her dining companion took her into the kitchen to meet Castellon so she could sing her praises in person.


Food Network star Alex Guarnaschelli is engaged to a ɼhopped' winner

Alex Guarnaschelli is engaged to "Chopped" champion Michael Castellon! The Food Network star shared the happy news by posting a picture of her ring on Instagram Saturday — which also happened to be her birthday.

"Ok @chermike808, you’re on!" the frequent TODAY show guest captioned her post which showcased her gorgeous emerald and diamond engagement ring. Guarnaschelli told People that Castellon proposed while they were out grocery shopping for her socially-distanced birthday party. On the way home, Castellon tricked Guarnaschelli into getting out of the car by telling her he had spotted a stray dog running loose. As Castellon returned to the vehicle, he told his then-girlfriend that the "dog" he had seen was really just a deer.

Guarnaschelli, who said she is overly-trusting of her now-fiancé, soon realized it was a ploy.

"And he goes, 'There's no deer.' I turn, and I look and he's on one knee," she said. "He's like, 'This is why I have to marry you because you just believe me every time.' He said, 'Will you marry me?' and he gave me the ring."

Castellon also shared a picture of Guarnaschelli's rock on his Instagram and, throughout the weekend, fellow celebrity chefs, friends and fans posted congratulatory messages to the culinary couple.

"THAT IS AMAZING. HUGE BIG FAT CONGRATS DOLLFACE. " said Anne Burrell. "We can plan our weddings together. " The "Worst Cooks in America" star announced her own engagement in April.

"Wow! Congratulations dear," wrote "Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi.

Related

Food Celebrity chef Anne Burrell is engaged to Stuart Claxton: 'I was bawling'

Guarnaschelli and Castellon have been dating for four years and first met when Guarnaschelli (who is the executive chef at Butter) dined at Castellon's restaurant. She raved about the steak and her dining companion took her into the kitchen to meet Castellon so she could sing her praises in person.


Food Network star Alex Guarnaschelli is engaged to a ɼhopped' winner

Alex Guarnaschelli is engaged to "Chopped" champion Michael Castellon! The Food Network star shared the happy news by posting a picture of her ring on Instagram Saturday — which also happened to be her birthday.

"Ok @chermike808, you’re on!" the frequent TODAY show guest captioned her post which showcased her gorgeous emerald and diamond engagement ring. Guarnaschelli told People that Castellon proposed while they were out grocery shopping for her socially-distanced birthday party. On the way home, Castellon tricked Guarnaschelli into getting out of the car by telling her he had spotted a stray dog running loose. As Castellon returned to the vehicle, he told his then-girlfriend that the "dog" he had seen was really just a deer.

Guarnaschelli, who said she is overly-trusting of her now-fiancé, soon realized it was a ploy.

"And he goes, 'There's no deer.' I turn, and I look and he's on one knee," she said. "He's like, 'This is why I have to marry you because you just believe me every time.' He said, 'Will you marry me?' and he gave me the ring."

Castellon also shared a picture of Guarnaschelli's rock on his Instagram and, throughout the weekend, fellow celebrity chefs, friends and fans posted congratulatory messages to the culinary couple.

"THAT IS AMAZING. HUGE BIG FAT CONGRATS DOLLFACE. " said Anne Burrell. "We can plan our weddings together. " The "Worst Cooks in America" star announced her own engagement in April.

"Wow! Congratulations dear," wrote "Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi.

Related

Food Celebrity chef Anne Burrell is engaged to Stuart Claxton: 'I was bawling'

Guarnaschelli and Castellon have been dating for four years and first met when Guarnaschelli (who is the executive chef at Butter) dined at Castellon's restaurant. She raved about the steak and her dining companion took her into the kitchen to meet Castellon so she could sing her praises in person.


Food Network star Alex Guarnaschelli is engaged to a ɼhopped' winner

Alex Guarnaschelli is engaged to "Chopped" champion Michael Castellon! The Food Network star shared the happy news by posting a picture of her ring on Instagram Saturday — which also happened to be her birthday.

"Ok @chermike808, you’re on!" the frequent TODAY show guest captioned her post which showcased her gorgeous emerald and diamond engagement ring. Guarnaschelli told People that Castellon proposed while they were out grocery shopping for her socially-distanced birthday party. On the way home, Castellon tricked Guarnaschelli into getting out of the car by telling her he had spotted a stray dog running loose. As Castellon returned to the vehicle, he told his then-girlfriend that the "dog" he had seen was really just a deer.

Guarnaschelli, who said she is overly-trusting of her now-fiancé, soon realized it was a ploy.

"And he goes, 'There's no deer.' I turn, and I look and he's on one knee," she said. "He's like, 'This is why I have to marry you because you just believe me every time.' He said, 'Will you marry me?' and he gave me the ring."

Castellon also shared a picture of Guarnaschelli's rock on his Instagram and, throughout the weekend, fellow celebrity chefs, friends and fans posted congratulatory messages to the culinary couple.

"THAT IS AMAZING. HUGE BIG FAT CONGRATS DOLLFACE. " said Anne Burrell. "We can plan our weddings together. " The "Worst Cooks in America" star announced her own engagement in April.

"Wow! Congratulations dear," wrote "Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi.

Related

Food Celebrity chef Anne Burrell is engaged to Stuart Claxton: 'I was bawling'

Guarnaschelli and Castellon have been dating for four years and first met when Guarnaschelli (who is the executive chef at Butter) dined at Castellon's restaurant. She raved about the steak and her dining companion took her into the kitchen to meet Castellon so she could sing her praises in person.


Food Network star Alex Guarnaschelli is engaged to a ɼhopped' winner

Alex Guarnaschelli is engaged to "Chopped" champion Michael Castellon! The Food Network star shared the happy news by posting a picture of her ring on Instagram Saturday — which also happened to be her birthday.

"Ok @chermike808, you’re on!" the frequent TODAY show guest captioned her post which showcased her gorgeous emerald and diamond engagement ring. Guarnaschelli told People that Castellon proposed while they were out grocery shopping for her socially-distanced birthday party. On the way home, Castellon tricked Guarnaschelli into getting out of the car by telling her he had spotted a stray dog running loose. As Castellon returned to the vehicle, he told his then-girlfriend that the "dog" he had seen was really just a deer.

Guarnaschelli, who said she is overly-trusting of her now-fiancé, soon realized it was a ploy.

"And he goes, 'There's no deer.' I turn, and I look and he's on one knee," she said. "He's like, 'This is why I have to marry you because you just believe me every time.' He said, 'Will you marry me?' and he gave me the ring."

Castellon also shared a picture of Guarnaschelli's rock on his Instagram and, throughout the weekend, fellow celebrity chefs, friends and fans posted congratulatory messages to the culinary couple.

"THAT IS AMAZING. HUGE BIG FAT CONGRATS DOLLFACE. " said Anne Burrell. "We can plan our weddings together. " The "Worst Cooks in America" star announced her own engagement in April.

"Wow! Congratulations dear," wrote "Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi.

Related

Food Celebrity chef Anne Burrell is engaged to Stuart Claxton: 'I was bawling'

Guarnaschelli and Castellon have been dating for four years and first met when Guarnaschelli (who is the executive chef at Butter) dined at Castellon's restaurant. She raved about the steak and her dining companion took her into the kitchen to meet Castellon so she could sing her praises in person.


Food Network star Alex Guarnaschelli is engaged to a ɼhopped' winner

Alex Guarnaschelli is engaged to "Chopped" champion Michael Castellon! The Food Network star shared the happy news by posting a picture of her ring on Instagram Saturday — which also happened to be her birthday.

"Ok @chermike808, you’re on!" the frequent TODAY show guest captioned her post which showcased her gorgeous emerald and diamond engagement ring. Guarnaschelli told People that Castellon proposed while they were out grocery shopping for her socially-distanced birthday party. On the way home, Castellon tricked Guarnaschelli into getting out of the car by telling her he had spotted a stray dog running loose. As Castellon returned to the vehicle, he told his then-girlfriend that the "dog" he had seen was really just a deer.

Guarnaschelli, who said she is overly-trusting of her now-fiancé, soon realized it was a ploy.

"And he goes, 'There's no deer.' I turn, and I look and he's on one knee," she said. "He's like, 'This is why I have to marry you because you just believe me every time.' He said, 'Will you marry me?' and he gave me the ring."

Castellon also shared a picture of Guarnaschelli's rock on his Instagram and, throughout the weekend, fellow celebrity chefs, friends and fans posted congratulatory messages to the culinary couple.

"THAT IS AMAZING. HUGE BIG FAT CONGRATS DOLLFACE. " said Anne Burrell. "We can plan our weddings together. " The "Worst Cooks in America" star announced her own engagement in April.

"Wow! Congratulations dear," wrote "Top Chef" host Padma Lakshmi.

Related

Food Celebrity chef Anne Burrell is engaged to Stuart Claxton: 'I was bawling'

Guarnaschelli and Castellon have been dating for four years and first met when Guarnaschelli (who is the executive chef at Butter) dined at Castellon's restaurant. She raved about the steak and her dining companion took her into the kitchen to meet Castellon so she could sing her praises in person.


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