Count Basie Appetite Series Sept. 7th: Joe Bastianich with Special Guest Victor Rallo

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Sunday, September 07, 2013, 7:30 PM

After a day-long competition in the delicious Count Basie tasting tent, the top cooking finalists will join Joe Bastianich and special guest Victor Rallo on the Basie stage to cook against Victor while Joe reprises his role from MasterChef as he judges the competition.

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Joe Bastianich: “Living like an Italian means attaining that perfect balance of working hard and living well.” That’s the motto of Joe Bastianich, international restaurateur, winemaker, author, Master Chef judge, (both on MasterChef USA and MasterChef Italia) and triathlete. Joe Bastianich wears his deep knowledge of Italian food and wine lightly, and loves to share his experience and his stories with an audience. He started his journey toward becoming a “Restaurant Man,” the title of his New York Times bestselling memoir (May 2012), as a child. Joe’s extraordinary success in operating 25 restaurants, as well as his partnership in the world’s largest artisanal Italian food and wine marketplace Eataly, speaks to an enthusiasm for bringing fine food and wine to the public. His three vineyards in Italy are another facet of his story.
Victor Rallo: The successful, seasoned restauranteur and wine critic from New Jersey graduated from Villanova University and earned his JD from Seton Hall. Victor jumped directly from the world of law into the restaurant business. He now owns and operates Basil T’s Brewery and Italian Grill in Red Bank, and Undici Taverna Rustica in Rumson, both of which have received numerous awards for excellence in cuisine, service, and their extensive Italian wine lists. Victor is also an Italian wine expert and critic recognized for his exceptional palate and distinct personality. He’s also published two wine books, Napoleon Wasn’t Exiled and 21 Wines. Victor’s new television series called Eat! Drink! Italy! with Vic Rallo will premiere July 6, 2013 on public television. He visits Italy six to eight times per year to find inspiration for his restaurants, and to taste and write about the wines from every region of Italy. Victor lives in Fair Haven, New Jersey with his wife, three kids, three dogs, and a fully stocked wine cellar.
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