Alex Guarnaschelli Chooses Her Last Meal

Iron Chef’s Eggplant Parmigiano Sandwich Debuts at Amy’s Bread

What’s for lunch, New York? The newest sandwich in town comes with the ultimate of endorsements. Celebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli has created the sandwich she says she would choose as her final meal. Featuring eggplant, three cheeses, and plum tomatoes, her Eggplant Parmigiano with Fresh Mozzarella is the latest offering in a unique campaign by Amy’s Bread to raise money for good causes.

“I really think this is what I would eat for my last meal on Earth,” said Guarnaschelli. “It’s so simple and, when done right, sublime. I cannot stop eating this!” The noted chef is a judge on Food Network’s Chopped and serves as executive chef at New York’s Butter restaurant, among other achievements in the culinary world.

Guarnaschelli’s sandwich is the latest offering in Amy’s Bread Chef Sandwiches for Good, a collaboration between New York’s favorite bakery and some of the city’s top chefs. Each chef chooses a charity to benefit from a portion of the proceeds.  Guarnaschelli has selected Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), which has raised more than $120 million toward a cure for childhood cancers. The organization had a simple but heartfelt start in 2000 when 4-year-old cancer patient Alex Scott set up a stand in her front yard to raise money for the cause.

“We are excited to be partnering with Chef Sandwiches for Good and our friend, Chef Alex Guaranschelli, to raise funds and awareness for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation this June,” said Liz Scott, Co-Executive Director of the Foundation. “Through the efforts of these generous partners, we are moving closer to achieving the dream of my daughter Alex, a cure for all kids with cancer.”

Amy’s Bread newest signature sandwich will be celebrated with tastings and lemonade on Wednesday, June 1, from noon to 2 p.m., at Amy’s Bread Chelsea Market location. The sandwich will be available for the entire month.

Launched in March, Chef Sandwiches for Good has given New Yorkers a new sandwich to love each month, served on Amy’s hand crafted bread, which has won acclaim across the nation. Each featured sandwich also includes at least one ingredient from The Pantry by Amy’s Bread, a specialty store with products that complement the delicious crusty breads.

Also scheduled to participate in coming months are Lynn Bound, Anita Lo, Missy Robbins, Bill Telepan, Gabriele Corcos, and others to be announced.

The Sandwich

Guarnaschelli’s creation pairs eggplant with a sauce made of onions, garlic, red pepper flakes and San Marzano plum tomatoes among other delightful tastes. A cheese lover’s dream, the sandwich is made with Parmesan, Provolone and Maplebrook Farm fresh Mozzarella and served toasted on a ciabatta roll.

About Alex Guarnaschelli

June’s featured chef is a winner of the network’s The Next Iron Chef: Redemption. The daughter of an esteemed cookbook editor, she began work under the tutelage of acclaimed American chef and restaurateur Larry Forgione and further developed her skills in a work-study program at La Varenne Culinary School in Burgundy. After returning to the United States, she worked at Daniel and other top restaurants. She opened Driftwood Room at Nautilus South Beach in Miami in 2015, the same year she began her one-woman live comedy show, Busting My Chops, at Caroline’s on Broadway.

About Amy’s Bread

Founded in 1992, Amy’s Bread is a pioneer of the artisan baking movement in New York City. Everything is made by hand, using slow fermentation and traditional baking methods. With retail shops in Hell’s Kitchen, Chelsea Market and Greenwich Village, kiosks at The New York Public Library (42nd Street and Performing Arts Library at Lincoln Center) and a production kitchen in Long Island City, the company specializes in crusty, hearth baked bread as well as sandwiches, sweets and old-fashioned layer cakes made with the freshest natural ingredients. Amy’s Bread supplies more than 200 of the city’s top restaurants and specialty food stores and also offers online catering, local deliveries and shipping nationwide.

About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $120 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 550 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, please visit


Helen Patrikis