Age: 43

Hometown: Cagnano Varano, Italy

Cooking style: Mediterranean influence with fresh ingredients. Favorite dishes to cook: Branzino, cefalo (fish), braciole (steak stuffed with pecorino cheese and braised with wine in tomato sauce), macaroni puttanesca in carrozza, burrata salad.

Favorite junk food: Hazelnut ice cream.

Favorite gadget: Truffle shaver.

Favorite restaurant: Picasso at the Bellagio Hotel, Las Vegas.

Favorite vacation: Traveling the Mediterranean.