Nick Stellino | America's Family Chef

Nick Stellino

America's Family Chef

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Nick Stellino

Nick Stellino grew up in Palermo, on the island of Sicily, and came to the United States in 1975. In 1991, he decided to leave his lucrative career as a Wall Street stockbroker in order to follow his dream of becoming a chef. He started his culinary career as a dishwasher. Over time, he apprenticed with the best chefs in America. "I was in heaven working at working my way through the restaurant line," says Nick Stellino. "But I wanted to share my enthusiasm for Italian cooking with more people. I decided a cooking show was the answer." Employing the energy, dedication and entrepreneurial vision that had taken him from Palermo to Wall Street, Nick began calling television production companies. His efforts culminated in the highly successful series Cucina Amore I, II, and III, Nick Stellino's Family Kitchen I, II, III, IV and V, and the PBS specials, Nick Stellino's Dinner Party and Nick Stellino: Food, Love & Family.Nick has published many cookbooks and has partnered with major publishing companies including Putnam and Doubleday. In 2006 Nick celebrates the launch of his seventh cookbook titled "Dine In," which is the companion to his PBS television show, Nick Stellino's Family Kitchen. His other titles, which can be purchased at major retailers such as Barnes and Noble Online and, include:
  • Cucina Amore
  • Nick Stellino's Glorious Italian Cooking
  • Nick Stellino's Mediterranean Flavors
  • Nick Stellino's Family Kitchen
  • Nick Stellino's Passione; Pasta, Pizza, and Panini
  • Mangiomo! Let's Eat!
  • Nick makes numerous appearances at popular food festivals around the United States, including Boston Cooks, Philadelphia's The Book and The Cook, Seattle's Festa Italiana and the Aspen Food & Wine Festival. He was Grand Marshal of San Francisco's 1999 Columbus Day Parade, the first time in 130 years that a chef had been accorded that honor. In May 2000 and 2001, Nick Stellino appeared as a presenter at the prestigious James Beard Foundation Awards held in New York. He is also one of the few chefs who have been selected to cook at the Grand Gala Dinner for the James Beard Awards for three years in a row.Nick is a sought-after motivational speaker with a prestigious list of national clients, including Domino Sugar, Maurice Lacroix, Sears, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, BJ's Wholesale Club and The Kimpton Hotels.Nick Stellino has been a featured guest on numerous national shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show, Today, CBS This Morning and Good Morning America. He has been featured in national publications including TV Guide, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Magazine of La Cucina Italiana, Bon Appetit, In Sync, Home Magazine, Watchtime and Primo.

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    Stories from Nick Stellino
    The entertaining story of a self made man

    In this video Chef Nick Stellino delivers a poignant story about a pebble and the Grand Hotel in Rome. The message of this story deals with the importance of keeping the promises we make to ourselves. Our ability to deliver into our personal life the same sense of accomplishment we strive for in our business will help us strike an internal balance in our life. That in turn will help us achieve our goals with the support and participation of our family. To strike a balance between work and family is at the core of our success in life.

    Decisions that lead to Success

    In this video Chef Nick Stellino delivers a motivational message to the SEARS audience. After touching briefly on the importance of making time for our families while growing a successful business, he also delivers a few impactful insights on how to react to the challenges which have been brought on by a worldwide financial crisis. Nick encourages people to find their own self motivation in spite what is happening. The true strength of a person’s character lies in our ability to react rather then passively accept a status quo, both in business and in life.

    Passion for your idea is the key to Success

    In this video Chef Nick Stellino addresses all the top sales executives at the national sales meeting of the Campbell’s company, held in Los Angeles California. The focus of the speech is to deliver a new point of view, a new set of strategies and ideas on how to increase distribution and penetration of the Campbell’s products inside the national grocery chains.

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