The Truth About Anne Burrell's Fiance, Stuart Claxton

Food Network's Anne Burrell, host of Secrets of a Restaurant Chef, thought, in her late 40s, that she was basically wedded to her job. As she told Today, marriage "didn't seem it would be in the cards for me," although Grub Street reports that she did spend several years in a relationship with a woman and People relates that in 2012 she was engaged to fellow chef Koren Grieveson. Neither of those relationships lasted, yet Burrell must have kept some spark of hope alive, signing up as a user of the dating app Bumble. Somehow she surfed through the sea of bots and trolls and amazingly enough met a real live man with whom she actually clicked! What's more, Burrell's match had no idea she was a wealthy TV star.

Stuart Claxton, an ad sales marketer at Univision, just liked Burrell's pics and personality, calling her "a wonderful surprise." And the surprise just kept getting wonderfuller! Once they took things offline, he was pleased to note that she was even hotter in real life than in her photos. Burrell liked what she saw in Stuart, as well. He's a younger man, but just by two years (48 to her 50), and needless to say, the two must have hit it off, since two years since from the time they first met on the app they took things to the next level by deciding to quarantine together. (Now that's real commitment!)

Stuart Claxton's sweet quarantine proposal

When Claxton and Burrell hunkered down in her hometown of Cazenovia, New York, they did not do so alone – Burrell's 75-year-old mother and Claxton's 15-year-old son were fellow bunkmates. Claxton was already intending to propose pre-pandemic, but once circumstances changed, so did his plan for how he was going to pop the question.

With the help of Burrell's mom, Claxton planned a romantic dinner date, and they even went to the extent of decorating Mom's townhouse. (How they kept any of their scheming a secret from Burrell is a mystery — maybe it's a really big townhouse, or perhaps Burrell's a very sound sleeper.) After dinner, he got down on one knee, pulled out a ring, and Burrell promptly turned on the waterworks — and obviously said "yes." Once it was a done deal, Mom popped out with a bottle of champagne, and the event was commemorated with all due festivity.

The one thing that's still TBD is when/where/how the actual wedding will take place because, you know, coronavirus. As Burrell puts it, "We haven't started talking about wedding planning yet because stuff is so up in the air." That hasn't dampened the happy couple's spirits one bit, however, since they are just "bask[ing] in the glow of this right now." You glow, Anne!