Joe Bastianich

Joe Bastianich is one of America’s preeminent restaurateurs and TV personalities; he is also an author, musician and triathlete. In 2005, Joe was recognized as an Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional by both the James Beard Foundation and Bon Appétit Magazine. In 2008, he was awarded the James Beard Foundation’s Outstanding Restaurateur Award. When Joe is not whipping up new business deals, or working the dining room at one of his many restaurants, he can be found at his home in New York City, playing guitar and spending time with his wife, Deanna, and their three children.

the team

Matthew Eil

Matt Eil got his start in the industry at sixteen as a backwaiter at the Gatehouse Restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island. After graduating from Ithaca College in upstate New York, Matt moved…

Gaetano Arnone

Gaetano grew up in Orange, California where he worked at his family’s Italian restaurant, Arnone’s. After high school, he moved to Italy to discover what it really means to be an Italian and…

Elana Abt

Growing up in Chicago, Elana was fortunate to have parents who were excited about wine and spirits and shared that passion with her. So much so, she wrote her high school Senior…