“I grew up surrounded by giant sheet pans and 60 quart stock pots and massive whisks. The kitchen of my family’s gourmet Italian restaurant in Lake Tahoe was my playground. D’Atri’s Italian Restaurant was the hot spot for celebrities in the 1950’s and 1960’s like Nat King Cole, Harry Belafonte and Louis Prima and Clark Gable.
But that wasn’t what drew me to food. It was years later when I realized that cooking is the greatest therapy on the planet. I mean, think about it. It’s the only room in your home that brings all of the senses alive; taste, touch, smell and sound! I’d be in my kitchen 24 hours a day if I could.”