Nick Stellino celebrates his 10th year of cooking on public television with an all-new season of classic Italian recipes on "Nick Stellino's Family Kitchen V." The dishes may taste as though they've been simmering all day, but Nick takes one of America's most popular ethnic cuisines and makes it easy, quick and fun for viewers to prepare at home.
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. Over time, Stellino apprenticed with the best Italian chefs in America, including Celestine Drago at Drago, rated by Food & Wine as one of the 10 best restaurants in the country.
Nick is the author of seven cookbooks and makes numerous appearances at popular food festivals around the United States. 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 appeared as a presenter at the prestigious James Beard Foundation Awards in New York. He also is 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.