Critically acclaimed chef, restaurateur, award-winning author, and television personality, Mario Batali is arguably one of the most recognized and respected chefs working in America today. Together with his business partner Joe Bastianich, the duo have created an uber- successful restaurant and culinary empire in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Singapore.


Rocky Fino knows the titles of his books give readers a chuckle. After all, the author of Will Cook for Sex: A Guy’s Guide to Cooking, Will Mix for Sex: 21 Classic Cocktails to Set the Mood and Will Cook for Sex Again, Again and Again earned himself the affectionate designation of “the show’s giggle” at a 2005(?) literary trade show. But when it comes down to showing men that cooking for a woman doesn’t have to be intimidating, the culinary writer and presenter takes his mission very seriously.






An Award Winning  cookbook author and Celebrity Chef -her passion with food began at the early age of 4, when she would accompany ‘nonno’ (grandfather) on his early morning Saturday trips to the Italian Market in Philadelphia to pick out all the fresh ingredients for the Sunday family meal.



Ralph Mazzocchi is the architect of a series of successful restaurants that have transformed the restaurant scene in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. His latest venture is Gusto (pronounced goo-stow, as in “taste” in Italian) – an eclectic eatery known for its warm décor and menu accented with touches of Spain and the Mediterranean. “I have always been inspired by the the Mediterranean. Right now I am enjoying Spanish cooking techniques where tweaking the combination of even a few simple components can give a dish its own distinctive flavor.”




Aaron McCargo, Jr. competed on and won season four of The Next Food Network Star in 2008, beating out thousands of culinary hopefuls for the ultimate dream job – his own Food Network show. Big Daddy’s House premiered August 3, 2008 and ranked as the number one “In the Kitchen” weekend show during its initial six-episode run. Food Network renewed the show for a second season, which premiered January 4, 2009 and for a third season, which premiered July 12, 2009.


Chef Barry E. Sexton has successfully acquired over 30 years experience in the culinary arts. The Philadelphia Art Institute graduate was classically trained for more than a decade under the tutelage of Master Chef Jean Pierre Tardy of Newton, Pa. Chef Sexton’s vast career includes work at some premiere restaurants and hotels in Philadelphia and Bucks County areas.  This award-winning chef is well known For his gourmet catering, private cooking classes and demonstrations that showcase his passion for cooking. He is the proud owner/operator of The Opinionated Palate catering service.


Janet Zappala’s television career has taken her many places, but her most recent endeavor has been writing her first cookbook–My Italian Kitchen, Home-Style Recipes Made Lighter & Healthier, released in April, 2010. Her passion for cooking nutritious dishes, coupled with her vast communication skills has led her to be tapped as a nutrition expert for national television satellite tours. An acclaimed journalist, Janet is a six-time Emmy award winner, a Golden Mike recipient and an Associated Press First Place Award winner.