What happened to Marcela Valladolid on The Kitchen?

In a post from October 18, 2017, Marcela, sharing little about what really happened, states, “The precise details are unnecessary and, in the words of Ms. Sunny Anderson, nunya business, but there are two things that are very important here, in this departure….” For weeks after her departure there were no real leads on what went down. Suddenly Marcella was just absent from “The Kitchen”.


Marcela Valladolid’s life hasn’t been without drama, even before her departure from the show. Marcela was first married to her husband Fausto Gallardo, a politician. Marcelo and her husband’s relationship were always tumultuous. After splitting for a brief while, she actually re-married her husband in 2012, only to get divorced in 2013. According to a source close to the couple, the main reason for the split was her relationship with Paul Hollywood.

Marcela met Paul on the set of the Great American Bake Off. A short-lived series that was eventually cancelled due to low ratings. Due to this, Marcela wasn’t the only to get separated as Paul divorced his wife of 15-years Alexandra. After her marriage ended, Marcela began dating now husband Phillip Button. Together they have two children, David and Anna Carina.

In that same October 18th post, Valladolid goes on to explain that part of her reasoning for the departure was the strain the travel put on her family. A long resident of San Diego, Marcela is finally moving to Los Angeles to live with Phillip. She also noted that part of her decision came from the fact she wasn’t cooking recipes that represented her. She will most certainly be missed, but you can keep her traditions alive by picking up her book Mexican Made Easy.


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  1. I can’t believe you would take Marcela off the kitchen. Just another one of the food networks bright ideas. You take the good people off and then leave the worst shows on the air need some changes there or the food network is down the drain

    • Did you read the whole article? She was having to travel too much to be on the show. She doesn’t live in the same city where it is taped. Also, she wasn’t cooking the type of recipes that represented her.

      • I personally felt she did not fit well with this group and am truly a happy and dedicated viewer since she left. I love the cast exactly how it is now.

    • Couldn’t be happier that Marcela is no longer on the show. I learn a lot of cooking tips and enjoy how different all the hosts are. Marcela was not my favorite. not because of her personal life, but her personality didn’t mess well with the rest of the cast in my opinion. I like that Alex has been on the show more often lately. This is now on my top ten list of favorite food shows.

    • My opinion. The other 3 hosts promote their personal favourite regional recipes so what was wrong with Marcella doing it? Sunny is so LOUD and Jeff is just too goofy. Katie Lee and Geoffrey are boring. I’ve stopped watching The Kitchen. Frankly, a few other shows need revamping such as Guys Grocery Games and Worst Cooks in America.

      • I totally agree with you. She is the reason I stopped watching. Now, she is on a baking show, doing what she does well. Acting as if she is so much better.

      • Amen she is way too full of herself and interrupted to tell people about her time in “Paris” every two minutes ugh

  2. It’s all a matter of taste as to who you want to see on The Kitchen. I didn’t even realize Marcella was gone till I saw a repeat of The Kitchen and I saw her name. She is self absorbed and often acted like she was better than the rest of the crew. Personally she won’t be missed even though she wants to think people are crying in their salsa because she’s gone. The 4 person group is less hectic and they work well with each other…it’s great when they have a guest chef come visit and now there’s more time for them!

      • I agree with Kim and Victoria
        I don’t miss her at all ! She can go back to Mexico for all we care. She always acted like she was better than the rest of the crew of the kitchen, which is one of my favorite shows ! Love the gang that’s on there now , please keep them on !!!
        Love the humor between them, u can tell that they all get along on the show and off !
        Love u guys, keep up the good work 😍

          • Marcella was a whole lot easier to listen to than the loud and obnoxious Sunny Anderson and the creaky whining Katie Lee. Jeff Morrow has the antics of a fifth grader and the grown up Geoff
            is too sophisticated for such a low level show. Marcella was better than this silly show. Kath

          • Marcela was very sweet, but it doesn’t bother me that she’s not on anymore. I figured that it was a distance problem for her, especially with such young children. I happen to love watching The Kitchen. Geoffrey, Jeff, Katy and Sunny are perfect together! I’m thrilled right now that they are on Thursdays also.
            What drives me crazy and turns me away from Foodnetwork is the marathons of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, also Chopped. ENOUGH!!! Guy’s Grocery Games is getting on my nerves, too! WAY TOO MUCH!

          • I personally can not stand Marcela. She showed her character,morals and values by having that affair with Paul Hollywood.

          • I was reading some of the comments and although I like the cast just fine I have to laugh at the comments that criticize Marcella for wanting to cook her Mexican food yet don’t say anything about GZ always cooking his high brow dishes ie black truffle mashed potatoes or Jeff cooking his Italian dishes so why is it OK for some but not for others? Hmm?

        • Dont miss her. Love rhe show as it is. Ahe is why i dint watch some of the other cooking shows; to big an ego.

        • The only one that don’t fit on the group at all because pretend to be Italian when he is from Chicago, also nobody is Italian in his family is Jeff Mauro. He is so stupid thinking that he is funny. The show will much better with out Him there, or, he have to stop being stupid funny. Also please tell Sunny to close her mouth when she eat.

        • I agree completely. I love the show without her, but am very excited Alex Guarnescli will be a regular now. I wish Sunny would stop yelling and talking over the others.

          • Delayed post, but I’m glad Marcella is off the show — she presented herself as the perfect mother and chef, but yet in her personal life she broke up a marriage and seemed to have drama wherever she turned. The Kitchen seems better without her.

    • I rarely watched this show specifically BECAUSE Marcella grated on my last nerve. She was always shouting over everybody, acted like she was the star of the show and the others were just there as a support cast and came across as self-important and desperate for camera-time. She just didn’t fit in with the rest of the cast. Now that I know she’s no longer on the show, I’ll give The Kitchen another look. I always enjoyed the others on the show. Losing Marcella was a blessing.

      • Honesty I don’t know what episodes you guys were watching, but I have never witnessed those negative attitudes you claim some of the cast executed. If you feel that way about the cast then shut up and stop watching. I see how they compliment each other and love them all.

      • This is called addition thru subtraction. 5 was too many and she did not add value or contribute effectively to the groups chemistry. It’s all about the bromance between Geoffrey and Jeff imo. The other ladies are a decent foil to their fun loving good time. They could have a spin off show just the two of them. Marcela voice got on my nerves as did her over stressing the authentic way to say something like cilantro. Based on her personal life relationships and choices she sounds like a hot mess drama queen. Can’t remember wanting to eat what she was making. Sounds like she got canned or not asked to return. Good call on this one Food Network.

    • i totally AGREE. She is NOT missed and I found her to be the most annoying personality. She is VERY self absorbed and she was less than a quarter of how clever she thought she was. I’m so glad she’s off the show. I LOVE the Kitchen and the chemistry between them is the BEST!

      • I have been waiting for Marcella to re appear after another childbirth or something! I find myself back watching after her departure. I couldn’t take the dynamic, the criticizing, pronouncing jalapeno to the others over and over again. Much better show without her. I stopped watching all together with her addition to the show. Glad she is doing what she does ELSEWHERE.

  3. She won’t be missed. I never liked her personality. There’s a reason all these men just want what’s between her legs and not her mind.

  4. I agree she was full of herself and pushed her Mexican accent around so much it was annoying.the 4 remaining do get on well she’s not missed,it’s less crowded
    Now.she was good on her own show and cooking the food that represented her she was well suited there don’t know why they put her on the kitchen????

  5. I think everyone is just jealous? if I were newly married and had two beautiful kids, I would make my family my priority. Also, I myself, think Marcela should further her career in CA. I think she makes great, exciting food.

    • Considering she cheated on her husbands, maybe that’s why she needed to make her family a priority…

  6. Marcella is deeply missed…I get sick of watching Sunny drooling when someone else is cooking, then diving in like a glutton…Katie advertises how wide she can open her mouth…they both need to go….

    • Sunny does a lot of side eye also, watch her facial expressions! You can tell when she dislikes something. Talk about someone who thinks their above everyone else, how about GZ MR.Iron Chef (how many years ago was that).

      • If you don’t like Katie Lee, or Sunny or you think GZ is too full of himself, you are watching the wrong show!!


  8. Well personally, she did throw her mexican around alot, and by all means i was just agreeing with others, but also there is times she did acted like she was better than the rest sometime. But being home with family is also important. So just wish her luck and happiness. But come on you guys, you know the show is still awesome!!! I love them all, but Sunny and Jeff!!!! love them, they do make the show. but GZ, is plain awesome in his own dapper ways. love him!! Katy!! well Katy is Katy.. but they make a great team, I would love to hang out you Sunny and Jeff “sandwich King!! its time for ya to do another Rap song!! Trust me, ya make my husband enjoy it as well!! Dont quit the KITCHEN!! 🙂 Denise

  9. I could always sense an underlying tension between Marcella and her other Kitchen co-stars so it’s not surprising she left the show. Marcella and Aaron Sanchez both need to get a clue when it comes to showing diversity in their cooking styles and both come off as snobs on any show they participate in. Being a real chef means training to be diverse in other other culture cooking styles not just your own.

  10. I really enjoyed her and I thought she brought an exotic touch to the group. Sorry she’s gone. Best of luck to her and her family ?

  11. Marcela tries to come across as humble and hard working, but she is a hypocrite! She comes from old money in Tijuana, sure she has had to “work” but she hasn’t been sincere about how the path to stardom has been easier for her. If she comes across as self absorbed it’s because she was raised as a spoiled rich girl.

  12. OMG you guys it’s just a show to help us with cooking tips. Not a contest. I wish the best for Marcela and her family. They all bring some thing to the table.

    • I’s a cooking show if you don’t like the cooks change the channel or record other cooking shows more to your liking…why do you have to be haters? If you don’t like her then fine but why do you have to use her ethnicity to dscriminate and how many of us have skeletons in our closet that we’d want to be judged on.. grow up haters!!

  13. I do miss Marcella. I liked her on the show. What ever happened or what is going on right now, it’s not anybody’s business. This is a COOKING SHOW. I’m sure the other hosts have had or having issues. They don’t bring it up on the show or on the internet. Leave Marcella alone. The show needs someone to show Mexican food. Marcella showed how to cook true Mexican food. I hope you get her back to the show.

  14. Maybe I’m just old-fashioned, but I lose respect for a woman who sleeps with a married man (and Paul Hollywood is no better). I do not miss her, on The Kitchen, as I think the other four do just fine, without her. They seem to get along well and have great chemistry, while she was just loud. I am enjoying the show, without her.

  15. She is a good chef and FN should’ve kept Mexican made easy on the air. There is no Hispanic representation. Do much for diversity.

    • So just one Hispanic added makes it “diverse”? From Mexico only? What about Guatemalans?
      What about Asian representation?
      Ethiopian? Indian?
      How about it should just be about a group of people that get along, have great chemistry on air and are entertaining to watch?

  16. Glad she’s gone she was annoying and self absorbed now she is on the best baker in America ….. WHY??? She is STILL annoying and self absorbed only now she no longer throws her heritage in your face every two seconds but she is so harsh to the contestants …. and since when is a trained baker

  17. I dont miss her at all!! She always acted like her cheese didnt stink! I got the vibe at times that she wanted to be like GZ, in that classy elegant way. When she would be the helper to sunny, Gz,Jeff or Katie, she would out talk them and it was almost as if their recipe was “ok” and here’s how SHES going to make it better.
    Shes now a judge on the Best Baker in America, and I dont like her on there either! It’s almost as if, it has to be about her ALL the time..with each taste test..ugh..she irks my nerves!

  18. I just wish Sunny would stop shouting… she speaks so loud it’s annoying. And Katie’s voice sounds so fake. With that said, I do like their recipes and group dynamic.

  19. So I just started watching the show….. saw a whole bunch of just the four of them. Loved it. Then all of a sudden turn on today and see Marcella. Not knowing the history of the show AT ALL, I wondered if this was a new episode and if they just added her. But did not get a good feeling from her AT ALL and was soooo relieved to hit info and see that it was an old episode. Also felt pretty vindicated when my theory, from just a few min, of discord between her and the others was confirmed…..
    I’m glad the first few episodes I saw didn’t include her because I’m afraid I would not have continued watching…… which would be such a shame because I ADORE the other four and think they work so well together! So much fun!

  20. Jeff and Sunny are way too loud and is Jeff a chef or a wanna be comedian. Jeff, please stop always trying to be funny. It really takes away from the show.

  21. I can’t stand Sunny. She buts in and talks over everyone, even the guests. Anytime a good looking guy is on Sunny is all over them. Does the food network not understand sexual harassment can go both ways.
    I love Beat Bobby Flay, except when Sunny is on it. Her loud mouth and obnoxious behavior even ruins that great show. Food network should dump Sunny.

  22. We really like the show just the way it is. By we I mean my husband and I. John tapes all the shows and is always telling me how good this or that sounds. I work so I replay them and look up the recipes. Our Christmas dinner was made up of all the recipes John had seen on the Christmas show about the beef tenderloin. He did all the shopping and fixed the whole meal by himself. Don’t change a thing. The Kitchen is a real winner.

    • Are u that invested in the show that you had to go there? So distasteful. All of them have their idiosyncrasies, but more importantly, they all have much to offer. If they didn’t, we wouldn’t post, or keep watching. I’m glad I’m not judged by the people in this post. We all have flaws, but we all have much to offer to humankind. Perhaps if we kept that in mind, and used our efforts to improve things, we may not have the time to make things worse.

      • I don’t have much power to offer. However, I’d rather use what power I do have for good…not for evil.
        Unfortunate we don’t think before we speak (or in this case, post).

    • Did I miss something? Who is David? Her son? She moved to Los Angeles to live with David, her son? I thought Phillip was her current husband and Paul Hollywood was her past Lover.

  23. I love the dynamic chemistry of Sunny, GZ, Katie and Jeff. I don’t miss an episode and love the charisma each one bring!

    I don’t miss Marcella AT ALL. Whenever older episodes air I literally grimace when she’s on air. Her voice and personality are shrill and smug. Her self proclaimed “cleverness” is the most annoying. It’s like a comedian that follows every punch line with “do ya get it” over and over, lol. “Ya dude….. still dumb….”

    This quartet makes the show! It’s one of the few remaining shows FN airs where they ACTUALLY COOK and aren’t in a competitive race of popping camera work and food waste. I think of how many shows show tons of food being thrown out / ruined, only for a “no kid hungry” commercial airing in between. I’d be broken hearted if they cancel The Kitchen and am a die hard fan 🙂

  24. Quite a list of mixed opinions on Marcela’s reason for leaving. I believe she left when she became pregnant with her third child and she was still not married after having two with her boyfriend and not her husband. Food Network with Bobby Flay’s divorce and Giada’s divorce were hard to overcome for the Network but this was close to disaster and she was the sacrificial lamb.

  25. I always liked Marcella and. Missed her when she was gone. Its Sunny I wish were gone. Can’t stand how she is always grabbing food before it is offered to her. She always has to put her 2 cents into everything. I think she pays the cameraman to keep showing her.

  26. Man you all are a bunch of racist people can’t believe this still goes on in this. Country today I wonder what you say about Sunny Anderson I’m sure it will come out if she was to leave too! You are suppose to judge someone by there character not by the color of there skin As the great Martin Luther King said he would truly be so disappointed if he were alive to day

  27. Wow. So many racist comments about Marcella. Why would you comment for her “to go back to Mexico”, when Chef Marcella is American?

    I cook a lot of Thai because the lady who raised me is Thai, I cook Russian because a few of my distant dead relatives were Russian, I cook some Iranian because my grandparents were Iranian. But if you dropped me off in the middle of Thailand, Russia or Iran, I’d be totally out of luck since, hello, I’m American. Duh.

    A woman is confident, intelligent and organized, so she is automatically deemed arrogant and despicable.

    Jeff cooks with an Italian touch, Sunny does her home cooking and Air Force stuff, Katie does Southern and mostly veggies, GZ does cocktails and middle eastern and sometimes fancy, usually healthy. Alex is an excellent culinary instructor. Marcella would add a touch of Latin flair. Some of you seem to forget the demographics of our country. In some parts of our country, almost everyone is of Latin ancestry or mixed and her cooking hints are of interest. My kid stopped watching The Kitchen once Marcella left because Marcella reflects the culture she grew up with in school.

    Racism comes from fear. Grow up and get over yourself. She’s teaching you how to expand your palate, so that you can have a fun dining experience. That’s all. You people probably thought Julia Child should have gone back to France.

  28. People have made comments about Katie Lee’s voice or speech. She is from West Virginia. It is very difficult to understand the small town West Virginia accent if you are not from there. Not the tourist West Virginia; I’m talking coal mining West Virginia. You have to get used to it. It is obvious that she is overriding her natural accent to use “TV speech” so that she can be understood by the mass market. Some people also sound stilted like that because they might have to overcome a stutter while they speak. You guys are a really rough crowd. I thought the show was about the great recipes. Wow. You can always just get the recipes online and not hurt your sensibilities by watching the beauty of actual flawed human beings. If we were all the same, life would be boring.

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