Food Network's Anne Burrell Confirms She's a Lesbian

Celebrity News May. 25, 2012 AT 10:15AM
Chef Anne Burrell attends Lemon: NYC, A Culinary Event to Fight Childhood Cancer on December 6, 2011 in New York City. Chef Anne Burrell attends Lemon: NYC, A Culinary Event to Fight Childhood Cancer on December 6, 2011 in New York City. Credit: Omar Tobias Vega/Getty

Secrets of a Restaurant Chef host Anne Burrell has a not-so-secret fact to share: Yes, she's a lesbian.

The private life of the blonde, spiky-haired Food Network star, 42, came up when fellow culinary personality Ted Allen said on Romaine Patterson's Sirius XM show, "I am not going to put a label on Anne, but she is dating a woman right now."

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But Burrell, who has also appeared on Iron Chef America and the Worst Cooks in America, says Chopped star Allen's comments weren't a revelation at all.

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"Anne doesn’t feel she was outed. She has made no secret of her relationship," her rep told the New York Post's Page Six. "Her significant other is a very private woman. They have been together for a couple of years and spend a lot of time together. It is no secret in the culinary world."

Page Six reports that an "alarmed" looking Burrell abruptly left the filming of her series last Thursday following news of Allen's comments, saying she had "a situation to deal with."

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Her partner, says Page Six, is a fellow chef.

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