From Humble Beginnings
to World-Renowned Chef
Born of Italian heritage in Brooklyn, New York, Chef Stefano started his tour of duty at age thirteen while still tied to Grandma Jennie's apron strings. The many hours spent working at the family bakery and Lucky Luciano’s nephew’s butcher shop made Stefano realize food would become his life’s work.
He attained his hotel and restaurant degree while working full time. In addition, he studied classic French cuisine Escoffier in NYC. He then completed his private externship in Innsbruck, Austria touring European cities.
Chef Stefano’s first tour of duty was featured in People Magazine, showcasing Joanna’s Restaurant in New York City. At Joanna’s, Chef Stefano worked with famed chef Daniel Moriarty, formerly of first American celebrity Chef Paul Prudohomme‘s bragard.