Summary of where the Chef’s cuisine is inspired from and how he/she goes about expressing it
I specialize in regional Italian cuisine. My repertoire of dishes range from rustic Tuscan fare to elegant Venetian dishes. My flavor profiles range from refined and delicate cream sauces from the Turin region made with a touch of French flair to vibrant and bold Sicilian cuisine that is reminiscent of the flavors of North Africa and the Middle East. I have mastered the art of making pasta, risotto and Sicilian couscous. Fresh vegetables and herbs, exquisite meats and seafood, and high-quality imported Italian ingredients such as Parmigiano Reggiano cheese and Prosciutto di San Daniele are the foundations of all my dishes.
List of the Chef's favorite ingredients
How did the Chef learn how to cook and what is his story?
I have been cooking for over 25 years. I am a caterer, personal chef and cookbook author. I have written two cookbooks: In the Footsteps of Nonna -Recipes and Ramblings in Southern Italy and Sicily (Pelican Publishing, Spring 2016); Culinary Crossroads of Italy -Recipes and Ramblings in Northern Italy, Istria and Dalmatia (Fall 2016). I operate an Italian food website, and food blog, www.recipesandramblings.com. I also give cooking lessons focused on regional Italian cuisine and cooking styles. Please visit my website to learn more about me!
Fern Catering Co.
Caterer (Jan 1986 - Jan 1990)
Assisted in all phases of catering from food prep, buffets, formal dining and clean-up.
Bill Abruzzo d/b/a Recipes and Ramblings in Italy
Personal Chef, Cookbook Author, Owner of Italian food website and blog; www.recipesandramblings.com (Apr 2010-Now)
Personal chef/caterer, published cookbook author on Southern Italian and Sicilian cuisine, owner and operator of Italian food website, food product line and blog: www.recipesandramblings.com. The title of my cookbook is "In the Footsteps of Nonna: Recipes and Ramblings in Southern Italy and Sicily."
Sandy Spector Caterers
Caterer (Mar 1990-Jun 1992)
Assisted with all phases of catering from set-up of buffets and formal dining to cleanup.
Washington, DC, United States
Travel: 106 kms