Food Network star Darnell ‘SuperChef’ Ferguson allegedly choked, threatened to kill woman before arrest

Darnell “SuperChef” Ferguson allegedly threatened to kill a woman before he was arrested, according to a copy of the warrant obtained by TMZ.

In the documents, the woman claimed Ferguson broke into her Louisville home on Jan. 2 and started punching the walls before grabbing her by the neck. He allegedly then strangled her and threatened to kill her before she lost consciousness.

Once the woman came to, she claimed Ferguson ripped off her pants and demanded to see her genitalia, saying that she only belonged to him. She alleged this made her fear he was going to sexually assault her, per the outlet.

The woman then told police, who observed visible injuries on her, that the TV personality left after allegedly taking her credit and debit cards, as well as her ID. 

Darnell Ferguson allegedly attacked and threatened to kill a woman on Jan. 2. Louisville Metro PD/MEGA
The chef allegedly choked the woman until she was unconscious. Discovery

The woman’s identity remains unclear and, per a press release from the St. Matthews Police Department, information about the victim will remain restricted.

The new information comes just hours after Page Six confirmed that Darnell — who is married to Tatahda Ferguson — was taken into custody and arraigned. The Food Network star pleaded not guilty and his bond was set at $10,000.


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He is facing charges of burglary, strangulation, assault (domestic violence), terroristic threatening, menacing, criminal mischief and theft of a stolen credit/debit card.

Records obtained by Page Six also show that a family court granted an emergency protection request against him on the day of the alleged attack.

He then allegedly took off her pants before stealing some of her belongings. Getty Images for Unbridled Eve
He has been a staple on several Food Network shows for years. Rob Pryce

A preliminary hearing for the protection order is set for Jan. 17.

The Louisville chef has been featured on several different Food Network shows over the years, including Guy Fieri’s “Tournament of Champions,” “Worst Cooks in America” and “SuperChef: Grudge Match.”

He is also a frequent judge on “Chopped” and “Guy’s Grocery Games.”

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1.800.799.SAFE (7233) or text START to 88788.