Serving up surprises! Alex Guarnaschelli and Gabe Bertaccini hosted a “dysfunctional household” of cooks on season 1 of Ciao Home — and the journey was filled with twists and turns.
Guarnaschelli, 53, and Bertaccini, 37, welcomed 10 proficient contestants to an Italian villa for the high-stakes competitors, which kicks off its debut season later this month. The meals consultants all lived below one roof in Tuscany all through filming.
“The truth that they’re dwelling collectively in a single villa continuously, day-after-day [and] competing for an extended durations of time, [they’re] studying, touring, pondering, writing down the recipes,” Bertaccini completely informed Us Weekly forward of the collection premiere. “I believe that contributes to the issue of stress within the kitchen. And [thinking] like, ‘I must win this. I’m right here and I got here a good distance. I’m not gonna go away a loser.’”
The Butter govt chef hinted that followers needed to “watch the present” to see how the rivals work — and stay — alongside each other.
Guarnaschelli informed Us that she’s “no stranger to competitors exhibits” on the community, having appeared on Chopped, Man’s Grocery Video games, Iron Chef America, Grocery store Stakeout and extra — however Ciao Home brings just a little additional spice to the format.
“It is a competitors on one other stage as a result of Italy is its personal character within the play,” she defined. “So you will have this eleventh competitor, which is the context these cooks are in. … There’s this different little layer of competitors.”
The Previous-College Consolation Meals cookbook writer credited her cohost with serving to her take a unique method to the collection than she’s had earlier than. “Gabe softened me up. He softened my tough edges,” she informed Us. “I believe that we thought so much concerning the meals when it comes to not simply what did you make in as it’s scrumptious, however how did you draw from the place we’re? Did you choose up your head and go searching? … We factored that in.”
Whereas the twosome couldn’t spill any of the most important secrets and techniques of the season, Bertaccini confessed that they each have been “extraordinarily stunned” by which chef got here out on high. Guarnaschelli joked that the pair had a behavior of being “principally lifeless improper” all through all the season.
When requested whether or not they would thrive within the high-stress competitors, Bertaccini identified that he comes from a really completely different background within the kitchen.
“That is truly the distinction between Alex and I. Chef Alex is a contest chef. I’m not,” he defined. “, she thrives in [being like], ‘Hey, there’s a banana, a bit of stale bread and a few chocolate. Make me a dessert.’ … She thrives on this state of affairs and she or he’s like, ‘OK, I’m gonna go, I’m gonna put my head down and I’m gonna prepare dinner it.’”
The Italy native continued: “I, however, I work very properly with teams, with households. And so for me, like, being in a brigade, being with someone else in a kitchen, it’s actually the place my robust level is.”
Guarnaschelli took a playful jab on the Say I Do persona, teasing, “He would pull out, like, eight books and 14 maps and be like, ‘The banana, I’m wondering the place it started?’”
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Ciao Home premieres on Meals Community Sunday, April 16, at 9 p.m. ET and streams the identical day on Discovery+.