I’m a Jersey boy and proud of it. I started in this biz as a young teen and I earned my chops training with some really talented chefs and restaurateurs in the NY metro area. Early on, I honed my skills by bouncing from FOH to BOH like a runaway freight train through several different concepts in the industry. Eventually, I had the good fortune to be able to open my own place and work and dine daily with my wife, Denise, our four children and my parents at our Jersey Shore restaurant and banquet hall. A treasured time and a true labor of love. (I will detail the passion and pitfalls of restaurant ownership throughout the life of this blog.) Ultimately though, I landed my “dream job” at Maggiano’s, where I am still. As Executive Chef and Managing Partner of one of the busiest restaurants in NJ and a stakeholder in all of our 44 locations, I am delighted to have found a home. All these ventures then culminated, with Denise and I starting an amazing home-based business that now affords us the time and all the money needed to travel and dine around the world, forever. So, I’ll be able to share my adventures with all you foodies, long after my days in the kitchen are over. It’s a wonderful life! Come join me!