Anna Boiardi

Anna was born in Piacenza, Italy. Piacenza is located in the North of Italy in Emilia Romagna region known for such Italian delicacies as tortelli, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, prosciutto and pasta e fagioli , just to name a few. Anna is granddaughter of Mario Boiardi and niece of Hector Boiardi, both Italian immigrants who moved to the US in the early 1900s and began working at the famed Plaza Hotel in NY. Later the brothers co-founded Chef Boy-ar-dee with their older brother Paul Boiardi. Growing up in an Italian family of chefs was bound to have an influence on Anna. She spent many hours in the kitchen with her mother and grandmother learning how to cook.

Out of college and living in LA, Anna realized that many women her age did not know how to cook. While time was always an issue for working girls, most did not have the benefit of growing up in a family where cooking was not only a family business but it was a way of life. When not working as a television producer, Anna began to teach some of her friends simple dishes and encouraged them to turn on their own ovens and give it a whirl. Now living in NY, Anna continues to share her love of cooking with her friends through her dinner parties and her informal cooking class Cucina Academy.

Lorenzo Uras

Lorenzo was born and raised in Milan, Italy. Southern Italian cuisine is Lorenzo's specialty as he learned to cook from his mother who was from Calabria. Growing up in a traditional italian family he watched his mother prepare meals everyday and often joined her in the kitchen. Lorenzo's favorite things to cook are pasta and seafood. Cooking is a true passion for Lorenzo and one that he loves to share with friends and family.

Lorenzo moved to the US 14 years ago and is a partner at Vincent Partners. He is well respected in the fashion industry and has worked with some of the most well-known models in the industry including Heidi Klum, Estella Warren, Diane Kruger and Kristanna Loken.