Celebrity chef Todd English, Iron chef USA star who has opened restaurants around the US and written multiple cookbooks, was arrested on Sunday on a charge of driving while intoxicated, according to authorities.
Police in Southampton arrested English on Sunday morning on a county road on Long Island. He made a court appearance later in the day, and posted $1,500 bail.
The circumstances regarding the arrest are unavailable at this time.
English has written several cookbooks and has been honoured by the James Beard Foundation for excellence and achievement in cuisine.
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