The Skinny: What Makes You You?
I was born in Long Island City in Queens. My family moved to Long Island when I was a year old.
I grew up in the same house on Long Island from the age of 5 until I moved to NVC when I was 19.
I wanted to be a priest for a few years but then I found out that they weren't allowed to have pets.
Right after high school graduation I got a job in a factory packing cosmetics for shipping. Thank God they fired me after a week and a half!
I had NO idea.
Cooking wasn't an interest at all when I was in school. I have a BFA in theatre so I was into acting (obviously) and European history.
I was an actor/singer/model. I decided early on that if I hadn't gotten to a satisfactory level by the time I was 30 that I would switch careers and that's what I did.
It was embarrassing and surprising at the same time: best actor, best singer, best looking, most likely to succeed.
I've been in the food biz for over 20 years now. I can't imagine doing anything else at this point.