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Ms. Lidia Bastianich


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Lidia Bastianich is an Emmy award-winning public television host and chef, a best‐selling cookbook author with a dozen books published to date, a successful restaurateur, and owner of a flourishing food and entertainment business. Most importantly, Lidia has accomplished all of this by marrying her two passions in life – her family and food, to create multiple culinary endeavors alongside her two children, Joseph and Tanya. Co-authored with her daughter Tanya, Lidia’s cookbooks include “Lidia’s Celebrate Like an Italian,” “Lidia’s Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine,” “Lidia’s Commonsense Italian Cooking,” “Lidia’s Favorite Recipes,” “Lidia’s Italy in America,” “Lidia Cooks from the Heart of Italy,” and “Lidia’s Italy,” all companion books to the Emmy winning and four-time nominated television series “Lidia’s Kitchen,” “Lidia’s Italy in America” and “Lidia’s Italy.” Lidia’s most recent book is her memoir, “My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food,” which was released on April 3, 2018. A restaurateur since 1971, Lidia is the owner/co-owner of three acclaimed New York City restaurants ‐ Felidia, Becco and Del Posto. Along with her daughter Tanya, she owns Lidia’s Kansas City, as well as Felidia. She is also a partner in Eataly NYC, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Sao Paolo, Brazil. Together with Tanya and son-in-law Corrado, Lidia also has developed a line of artisanal pastas and all-natural sauces, called LIDIA’S, which are sold at fine food stores nationwide. Lidia is a member of Les Dames D’Escoffier and founding member of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, two nonprofit organizations of women leaders in the food and hospitality industries. She is also a champion for the United Nations Association of the United States of America’s Adopt-A-Future program, in support of refugee education. Throughout her career, Lidia has helped raise funds for many humanitarian causes including UNICEF. She created the Lidia Matticchio Bastianich Foundation in 1999, which helps better people in all walks of life. Lidia also supports and is active with numerous nonprofits that celebrate and promote Italian and Italian-American culture. Among the numerous awards and accolades Lidia has earned are seven James Beard Awards (Outstanding Chef, Television Food Show, Best Chefs in America, Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America, Specials 2016, Special 2017 and 2018), and two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Culinary Host (2013 and 2018).

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