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Chef Valerio Castellano

"La passione per la vita"

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I was born in Roma (Italy) in 1965. I was a very difficult eater as a kid, and when my parents thought I was old enough to handle pots and pans (under supervision), they told me I was by my own regarding food. I discovered that cooking was not only a necessity but also a pleasure and a creative way to express myself.

 In 1988 I graduated in Economy and Business at the University of Rome. Sports always were a vital element in my life and I was a semiprofessional triathlete (not enough money then) from 1988 to 1991.

 In my cooking I have a big Tuscan influence because I "had to spend" twenty five summers there in a small village on the coast at a beach house owned by my parents...

I started to work without pay in restaurants at very early age just for the pleasure of it. Work became an experience and eventually I wanted to get paid because the work was very hard. "I discovered that the combination of creating something that people were able to eat and make them very happy about it, was my final goal and pleasure."I stopped working in restaurants and started working with people as private chef and culinary instructor. 

 In 1997 I moved to USA where I currently live.  I have two beatiful children, a boy and a girl for which I cook all the time.

I worked in  Los Angeles and and Chicago areas, and I finally landed in beautiful Colorado in the summer of 2011.

My way of cooking is simple yet sophisticated. I believe the main ingredient of a dish should be the focus, not the sauce or the spices on it. This is the typical authentic Italian way to cook:  with the focus on the quality of the ingredients. I love to improvise new dishes combining and pairing different flawors and wines.  Wine my other passion!

Remember, when you cook don't think, just do it with love, creativity and passion!!

 Chef Valerio Castellano

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              Today: seafood

Something else significant or............not

Guest chef appearance on ABC " Life with Bonnie" in 2003 with Bonnie Hunt

Guest chef appearance on Extra Extra in 2003

Executed dinner and receptions for some celebrities including: Naomi Campbell, Leonardo di Caprio, Charlize Theron, Shawn Penn, Mickey Rourke, Toby Mc Guyre, Steven Levitan, Linda Grasso, Bonnie Hunt, Luca Lionello.

Instructor of cooking classes and events for  Chefmakers (culinary school) in Pacific Palisades and Manhattan Beach

 

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At home with friends and family

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I love dancing......

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Sometimes I have to work in a really hostile environment..............