February 20-24, 2019 Miami Beach
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Donatella Arpaia

CHEF DONATELLA ARPAIA

Celebrity Chef, TV personality, restaurateur, and cookbook author, Donatella Arpaia, is best known for her role as head judge on Food Network’s Iron Chef America and the Next Iron Chef. She is a regular contributor to NBC’s The Today Show where she offers her culinary expertise and mouthwatering recipes. Arpaia’s distinctions include one of Crain’s “40 Under 40”, the “Hostess with the Mostest” by Zagat and one of the “Most Powerful Women in Manhattan” according to the New York Post.

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CHEF DONATELLA ARPAIA

Celebrity Chef, TV personality, restaurateur, and cookbook author, Donatella Arpaia, is best known for her role as head judge on Food Network’s Iron Chef America and the Next Iron Chef. She is a regular contributor to NBC’s The Today Show where she offers her culinary expertise and mouthwatering recipes. Arpaia’s distinctions include one of Crain’s “40 Under 40”, the “Hostess with the Mostest” by Zagat and one of the “Most Powerful Women in Manhattan” according to the New York Post.

As the child of first-generation Italian immigrants, Donatella Arpaia fondly remembers spending her summers in Italy. These early years had a formative influence on young Arpaia and provided her with the foundation for her expertise in southern Italian cuisine. After a very brief career as an attorney, Donatella decided to follow her passion and opened her first restaurant Bellini at the age of 26, which celebrated the Italian cuisine of her youth. She then partnered with Chef David Burke to open the critically acclaimed Davidburke & Donatella. This powerful duo’s connection was evident by the success of the immensely popular eatery. Despite all of Donatella’s accomplishments as a restaurateur, she returned to school earning Le Grand Diplôme for Classic Culinary Arts at the French Culinary Institute and the Italian Culinary Academy.

Donatella furthered her expansion by teaming up with then unknown chef Michael Psilakis as they opened a string of highly acclaimed restaurants such as Dona, Anthos, and Kefi in Manhattan as well as Eos and Bistro E in Miami. These projects and more have collectively earned substantial praises, such as Michelin Stars, Five Diamond Awards, and James Beard nominations. Donatella is a two-time winner of the New York Food & Wine Festival’s Meatball Madness competition where she beat out major names in the culinary world. Donatella currently sells the same meatballs in frozen form on HSN alongside her signature line of kitchen solutions. She also designed an entire entertaining collection for Frontgate.

Most recently, Donatella opened her first upscale quick service pizza concept, Prova Pizzabar, in Grand Central Terminal and has plans to expand the concept throughout the country. Donatella is a mom and wife to renowned heart surgeon, Dr. Allan Stewart.

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