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. 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 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.

  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!

      • 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.

      • 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

      • 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 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.

      • 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 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…

  5. 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!!

  6. 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.

  7. 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 ?

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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?

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

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