Antonia Lofaso—Parent, Chef, Cookbook Author
Best known for her role on Top Chef (season 4), Antonia Lofaso is one of America’s most loved chefs and shows off her culinary skills with her feisty Italian personality on Top Chef: All Stars. Most recently Lofaso has gone from television personality to business owner and is currently executive chef and owner of Black Market in Studio City, California. Fans of her restaurant on the westside can now experience her creations closer to home as she currently opened Scopa; Italian Roots in Venice, California.
With a lifelong passion for cooking, Lofaso chased her dreams and has managed to balance her busy career with being a single parent. She shares her secrets and tips in her book “The Busy Mom’s Cookbook” re-released in paperback this Fall (2013).
Lofaso attended the prestigious French Culinary Institute, and upon graduating was hired at Beverly Hills’ best known restaurant, Wolfgang Puck’s Spago. Under the mentorship of Executive Chef Lee Hefter, Lofaso refined her skills and technique, and spent six years working at the famed LA hotspot.
After mastering the cuisine at Spago, Lofaso made the difficult decision to leave and pursue a new adventure. Within weeks, she was hired by SBE to run the kitchen at their new upscale L.A. supper club, Foxtail.
Upon starting her new role at Foxtail, Lofaso’s career encountered a monumental boom when Bravo came calling and recruited her for season 4 of its highly acclaimed cooking competition show Top Chef.
In addition to her restaurant and television experience, Lofaso can also include private chef to some of Hollywood’s biggest stars in her repertoire. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her daughter Xea.
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