Why I want to be mentor in this category: I'd like to share what I learn and continue to learn by talking to others.
Experience: I grew up in an Italian American household where the kitchen was the heart of the home. My mother and grandmother (who lived with us) cooked every day.
Biggest Lesson Learned: Save those precious family recipes...watch your family members cook and let them teach you...it's an experience you'll never get back once they are gone.
Books, classes, teachers that have helped me: Aside from learning from my family, I like to read cookbooks cover to cover and watch cooking shows every day. My favorite Chefs are Giada De Laurentiis, Lidia Bastianich, Rachael Ray and Michael Chiarello.
Education, Awards, Pro Experience: Training in my grandmother's kitchen when I was growing up. Watching and helping her create incredible simple meals for her family.
Always taste your food. Season a little at a time and taste, adjust seasoning accordingly.