Pasta World Championship 2020 - USA Qualifying Event

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Meet the Chefs

Barilla Pasta World Championship Chef Joe Sasto

Chef Joe Sasto
Chef, Pastaio
Los Angeles, CA

Chef Joe Sasto found his love for cooking as a child, spending time in the kitchen with his mother. After graduating from college and traveling through Europe, he brought his international inspiration to San Francisco at Quince’s rustic Italian sister-restaurant Cotogna, before moving over to the highly acclaimed Quince, where he contributed to its rise from one to three-Michelin stars. Joe's love for beautiful produce flourished while being an integral part of the team at Lazy Bear's rise from one to two-Michelin stars. Currently, he travels the country teaching pasta classes and hosting underground pop-up dinner parties.

To meet Chef Joe, hear his story and see him in action, click here.

Photo credit Joe Dehart

Barilla Pasta World Championship Chef Kathleen O'Brien Price

Chef Kathleen O’Brien Price
Private Chef
New York, NY

Chef Kathleen O'Brien Price, aka Chefleen, is a sunshine filled soul from Southern California, who now calls New York City her home. Following graduation from Le Cordon Bleu, she landed a job in the house of Will and Jada Smith, where she was affectionately nicknamed “Chefleen.” Though she mainly works as a private chef, she has worked many jobs in the culinary industry, including starting a catering company and consulting and managing an all-organic alehouse. Currently, she has five rotating meal prep clients, caters high profile events and curates her own dinner party, Lovers & Friends, around the country. Her current labor of love is Real Life Cooking with Chefleen, a live-streamed show where viewers can cook along in real time as they learn basic techniques and skills.

To meet Chef Kathleen, hear her story and see her in action, click here.

Photo credit @Nykielle

Barilla Pasta World Championship Chef Laine Myers

Chef Laine Myers
Executive Chef, Nota Bene
Richmond, VA

Chef Laine Myers discovered her love for pasta-making when she began working at Graffiato as Sous Chef. After that, she went to James Beard nominated Metzger in Richmond, VA where she honed her creativity under Chef Brittanny Anderson. Fast-forward a couple years, she currently holds the title of Pasta-Maker & Chef at Nota Bene, where “every night is a pasta night.” Laine will be the first to tell you, pasta is easily her strong suit, and though she describes it as a labor of love, she enjoys the honest hard work required to plate up something special each night.

To meet Chef Laine, hear her story and see her in action, click here.

Photo credit Tyler Darden

Barilla Pasta World Championship Chef Michelle Simon

Chef Michelle Simon
Restaurant Chef, Mezzo The Ritz-Carlton
Naples, FL

Chef Michelle Simon’s passion for cooking was sparked at an early age by her mother who was always cooking for her family. During high school Michelle began working in professional kitchens in metro-Detroit and she entered and won several national culinary competitions. She graduated from The Culinary Institute of America and has worked in Spain at refined boutique hotel restaurant Bailara and was Restaurant Chef of three-meal Italian restaurant Terrazza. In 2018 she joined the Ritz-Carlton Naples Golf Resort as Restaurant Chef of Bella Vista, and later Mediterranean restaurant Mezzo in 2019.

To meet Chef Michelle, hear her story and see her in action, click here.

Barilla Pasta World Championship Chef Robbie Felice

Robbie Felice
Viaggio Ristorante Wayne, NJ
Osteria Crescendo Westwood, NJ

Chef Robbie Felice has been in restaurants since before he could walk. His father owned multiple restaurants throughout his childhood. He graduated from the Culinary Institute of America and worked many years at the legendary Babbo in New York City and B&B Ristorante in Las Vegas. He worked at Michelin-Starred restaurants across the globe; including Sergio Herman’s Pure-C in The Netherlands and The Jane in Belgium. In 2016, Robbie and his father opened their first restaurant together, Viaggio Ristorante in Wayne, NJ, focusing on locally sourced ingredients to create Italian fare with a modern touch. In 2019, he opened Osteria Crescendo, specializing in large scale “for the table” entrees, and Italian street food.

To meet Chef Robbie, hear his story and see him in action, click here.

Photo credit David Radney Photography

Barilla Pasta World Championship Chef Ryan Peters

Chef Ryan Peters
Pasta Chef, Iron Born Restaurant
Pittsburgh, PA

Born and raised in Reading, PA, Chef Ryan Peters has always had a passion for the culinary arts. He attended IUP Academy of Culinary Arts and completed an externship at the Ocean Reef Club in Florida. In Pittsburgh, he worked under Chef Kevin Sousa at the former Salt of the Earth. Back in Florida, he completed a one month stage at The French Laundry, got heavily involved in the ment’or BKB Foundation, and staged at some of the best restaurants in Miami. Ryan then moved back to Pittsburgh and opened his own restaurant inside of a food hall. After a successful one year contract running his own place, Ryan moved on as the opening sous Chef at Fish nor Fowl. Currently, he is the pasta chef at Iron Born Restaurant in the heart of Pittsburgh.

To meet Chef Ryan, hear his story and see him in action, click here.

Photo credit Victoria Miller Photography

Barilla Pasta World Championship Chef Sasha Grumman

Chef Sasha Grumman
Executive Chef, Rosalie
Houston, TX

Raised in a dynamic Sicilian family who share a passion for cooking, Chef Sasha Grumman grew up watching, cooking, learning and creating in the kitchen. Her family helped ignite a passion in Sasha’s spirit for all things creative and culinary. Her talent, dedication and work ethic opened the doors for her at top restaurants. She worked in the best kitchens for well-respected chefs, including Melissa Perfit, Charles Phan, Chris Cosentino, Mourad Lahlou, and Ryan Pollnow, which led her to her current role as Executive Chef at Rosalie in Austin. Sasha and Rosalie have been covered by local and national media outlets such as Eater and Food & Wine.

To meet Chef Sasha, hear her story and see her in action, click here.

Photo credit CityBook

Meet the Hosts

Barilla Pasta World Championship Host David Rocco

Judge’s Competition Host: David Rocco
Celebrity Chef, Executive Producer, Cookbook Author, Host

Trailblazing international celebrity chef David Rocco breaks down cultural barriers by uniting people through the love of sharing a meal. David brings his passion for food, travel, and adventure to millions of homes through his hit television programs David Rocco’s Dolce Vita, Dolce Italia, Dolce India, Dolce Africa, and Dolce Southeast Asia. He has authored three internationally bestselling cookbooks: David Rocco’s Dolce Famiglia and the award-winning David Rocco’s Dolce Vita and Made In Italy.

Barilla Pasta World Championship Host Billy Harris

People’s Choice Event Host: Billy Harris
Culinary MC, Auctioneer, Event Producer

For the past twenty-five years, Billy Harris has been wowing audiences throughout the United States and around the world. His razor-sharp timing and brilliant improvisational skills have made him one of the most sought-after MC's in the business. A cousin of Vaudeville great Georgie Jessel, Billy has been performing his entire life. By the tender age of five and a half, he understood how to "work a room"!

Photo credit Sharon Harris

Meet the Judges

Lorenzo Boni
Executive Chef, Barilla America

Chef Lorenzo Boni grew up with a passion for Italian food in Bologna, Italy. While studying culinary arts, he traveled extensively throughout Italy and the U.S. His time in Italy was spent immersing himself in the regional cuisines and working at many top-rated restaurants throughout the country. In 2001, Boni joined Barilla Italy full-time at its world R&D headquarters in Parma, Italy. In 2003, he was promoted to Executive Chef for Barilla America, returning once again to the U.S. In his current role, Boni is responsible for the culinary projects of Barilla Americas, as well as managing the execution of all Barilla-sponsored consumer and trade events. He is also a spokesperson for Barilla and serves as an Italian Food Culture Educator at many food conferences across the country.

Hunter Lewis
Food & Wine Magazine Editor in Chief

Hunter Lewis is the Editor-in-Chief of Food & Wine. Prior to that he was the editor-in-chief of Cooking Light, executive editor of Southern Living, food editor of Bon Appétit and kitchen director of Saveur. Lewis cooked under Jonathan Waxman in Sonoma County, Calif., and at Barbuto in New York City. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, he was also a reporter at The Herald-Sun in Durham, N.C. You can find him in his home kitchen in Birmingham, Ala., cooking for his family, or on Instagram and Twitter.

Barilla Pasta World Championship Judge Elizabeth Falkner

Elizabeth Falkner
Chef, Producer, Author

Celebrated chef, Elizabeth Falkner was born in San Francisco, grew up in Los Angeles and moved and worked her way up in kitchens in San Francisco in the 1990’s and owned and ran several restaurants through 2014. Today she does recipe development and consults for numerous products and brands and lives in Brooklyn, New York. One of her current projects is helping to define responsible and culturally diverse cuisines with Yale Hospitality. She speaks and emcees at many events around the country focusing on food waste issues, health and wellness, and emphasizing the importance of creativity and sustainability. Cooking competitions are a favorite “sport” for Chef Falkner. She has appeared on over 40 television cooking competition programs.

Barilla Pasta World Championship Judge Carlos Gaytan

Carlos Gaytán
Chef & Owner Tzuco

Chef Carlos Gaytán was born in Huitzuco, Guerrero, Mexico and from a young age fell in love with cooking alongside his mother, Doña Teté. Despite many obstacles, he eventually realized his dream of owning his own restaurant in Chicago, Mexique. Unifying his Mexican heritage and his love of French culinary style, he became one of the first Mexican chefs to earn a coveted Michelin star in 2013. In 2018, Carlos closed Mexique and journeyed to Mexico where he cooked, studied, traveled and worked on new projects that allowed him to deepen his understanding of his own heritage. In 2019, Carlos returned to Chicago, opening two new restaurants. Tzuco and Tales of Carlos Gaytán. Both restaurants share Carlos’ fascinating life experiences through a range of authentic culinary creations.

Photo credit Diego Padilla

Barilla Pasta World Championship Judge Christine Ha

Christine Ha
Chef & Owner at The Blind Goat, Author

Chef Christine Ha is the blind cook who won “MasterChef" season 3 with Gordon Ramsay. Her first cookbook, Recipes from My Home Kitchen, was a New York Times best-seller. She has spoken about disability advocacy at the United Nations, served as a culinary envoy overseas for the American Embassy, and was a co-host on the Canadian cooking show “Four Senses” and a judge on “MasterChef” Vietnam. Ha holds a Master of Fine Arts from the Creative Writing Program at University of Houston, where she served as Fiction Editor for Gulf Coast literary journal, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from The University of Texas at Austin. She is currently working on her memoir and second cookbook. Ha’s first restaurant, The Blind Goat, is now open in Houston.

Photo credit Julie Soefer Photography

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