Lidia Bastianich :: Biography
The multi-talented lady “Lidia Bastianich” is a popular name of the cooking industry. She is a celebrity chef, restaurateur, television host and author. Bastianich was born on February 21, 1947 in Pola, Italian Republic. She celebrates her birthday each year on Febraury 21. After residing for nine years in Yugoslavia, her father transferred his family in Trieste, Italy. At the young age of 14, she began working in part-time job. She also worked briefly at ‘Astoria bakery’.
Talking about her career, after getting married to a fellow Istrian Italian ‘Felice Bastianich’ they started their own restaurant which was named ‘the tiny Buonavia’. She became the hostess of the restaurant. They appointed the one of best Italian American chef in their restaurant. Lidia wanted to contribute to her restaurant by her work. So she started training of the ‘assistant chef’ at Buonavia. While in the training, she learned to cook popular ‘Italian dishes’. After the training, they added traditional Istrian dished in their restaurant menu. With the success of their first restaurant, they decided to open their second restaurant named ‘Villa Secondo’ in Queens. After their second restaurant came into action, she started to gain attention of the local food critics. Bastianich also gave live cooking demonstrations which led her to become a cooking show hostess. In the year 1981, the couple bought a small Manhattan brownstone which contains pre-existing restaurant. They converted the restaurant into the flagship restaurant ‘Felidia’. In the year 1993, Bastianich was invited to tape an episode of the PBS series ‘Julia Child: Cooking With Master Chefs’. The series also featured with acclaimed chefs from all over the United States. After the death of her husband, the restaurant evolved as truly ‘family-owned’ and ‘operated’ enterprise. In 2010,on a partnership with ‘Oscar Farinetti’ and ‘Mario Batali’ she started an open ‘Eataly food emporium’ in Manhattan. It was in the year 1998 when she appeared on the television series titled ‘Lidia’s Italian-American Kitchen’. Since her first appearance, she has worked as a host of the several television series like ‘Lidia’s Family Table’, ‘Lidia’s Italy’ and ‘Lidia’s Italy in American’. Currently, she is working as host of PBS specials titled ‘Lidia Celebrates America’. In the year 2000, she participated on the competitive cooking show ‘MasterChef USA’. She was also featured as a guest judge on ‘Top Chef’. Bastianich continued her work as a guest judge in the second season of the show called ‘MasterChef’. She was awarded with the ‘Daytime Emmy Award’ for being an ‘Outstanding Culinary Host’ for ‘Lidia’s Italy’. Besides being a celebrity Chef, she also made her name popular as an author of the several cookbooks like ‘La Cucina di Lidia’, ‘Lidia’s Family Table’, ‘Lidia’s Italian Table’, ‘Lidia’s Italy in America’, ‘Lidia’s Favorites’ and ‘Lidia’s Commonsense Italian Cooking’.
Significance to her personal life biography, this multi-talented lady is a married woman. She got married to Istrian Italian immigrant ‘Felice Bastianich’ in 1966. From her marital relationship with Felice, she is blessed with two children ‘Joseph’ and ‘Tanya’. After spending luxurious time with each other for long time, they separated from each other by taking divorce in 1997. Bastianich has not got remarried with anybody after being separated from her husband.
Lidia is a charming lady who gained huge recognition as a celebrity chef, author, television host and restaurateur. With her charming face, she has been successful to attract all the television audiences. There is no doubt that with an extra ordinary talent of cooking she has been the central part of attraction. She stands with the average height of five feet 8 inches. Lidia is also focused for her unique hairstyle. Even at the age of 67, she looks much younger than her real age. At the start of 2014, she has accumulated total net worth amount of $3.75 million. More information about this cooking genius and masterchef can be gathered from the wiki and reading her bio on IMDb. She can also be followed on her twitter account @LidiaBastianich.