The NH Food Bank Presents the Third Annual Steel Chef Challenge 

Join the NH Food Bank on Monday, April 16, 2018 for evening of fun and fine dining at our third annual Steel Chef Challenge in the Armory Ballroom at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester!

This year, acclaimed chef, food personality and Iron Chef, Alex Guarnaschelli will be our host for an evening of food competition featuring local, NH chefs and fine dining. 

Grab your tickets today and secure your seat to watch the competition heat up — LIVE — all for a good cause!


  • General admission: $125 per person;
  • VIP tickets: $200 per person and include a VIP cocktail reception prior to the event and meet & greet with Chef Guarnaschelli and our chef competitors.

For tickets:



Interested in sponsorship opportunities? Have questions about the event or tickets?
Contact Nancy Mellitt at 603.669.9725 ext. 1129 or email

About Chef Alex Guarnaschelli

Michelin-starred restaurants. Chef Alexandra Guarnaschelli can boast indeed — she embarked on a culinary journey in France and ended up working in some of the country’s top restaurants, including esteemed chef Guy Savoy’s eponymous three-star kitchen.

Not surprising for the daughter of esteemed cookbook editor Maria Guarnaschelli, who spent her childhood surrounded by food. Alex learned to eat according to whatever book her mother was working on at the time. This early emphasis on her palate truly shaped her future in food.

After seven successful years in France, Alex returned stateside, joining the venerable Daniel Boulud at restaurant Daniel, where she quickly rose through the ranks to become sous chef at the Manhattan standard. She then moved to Los Angeles to join Joachim Splichal’s Patina Group, where she worked at Patina restaurant in West Hollywood before moving to New York to open Splichal’s first New York City venture.

In 2003, Alex became the executive chef at Butter Restaurant, where she creates her own eclectic American and green market-inspired menu. Additionally, she inspires budding chefs as a Chef-Instructor at New York City’s Institute of Culinary Education. She also helmed the kitchen of the NYC modern dining and cabaret concept, The Darby.

In Fall of 2015, Alex opened Driftwood Room at Nautilus South Beach in Miami, Florida. She also premiered her one-woman live comedy show, Busting My Chops at Carolines on Broadway the same year.

Alex was named recently named the Head of Twitter’s Food Council, and is a recurring judge on several Food Network prime-time series such as Chopped, Cooks vs.Cons and Bakers vs. Fakers.

In April 2017, she appeared as a judge on Food Network’s series Iron Chef Gauntlet. She has appeared on Food Network’s Iron Chef America as both a challenger and a judge and competed on season 4 of The Next Iron Chef. In 2012, Alex won The Next Iron Chef: Redemption and joined the ranks of Kitchen Stadium Iron Chefs. In 2016, she won Food Network’s Guy’s Superstar Grocery Games and was a mentor on the second season of Food Network’s All-Star Academy. Alex also hosted her own shows, The Cooking Loft and Alex’s Day Off.

Most recently, she has appeared on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, NBC’s TODAY, The Dr. Oz Show, ABC’s Good Morning America and ABC’s Live! with Kelly. She has also ben featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New YorkTimes, Food & Wine, Food Network Magazine and Every Day with Rachael Ray. Alex released her first cookbook, “Old-School Comfort Food: The Way I Learned to Cook”, in Spring 2013, and her second cookbook, “The Home Cook: Recipes to Know by Heart”, in September 2017.