As a rising culinary star and Food Network Judge, Chef Kristin Sollenne has been making headlines for her contemporary food philosophy, lightened-up Italian fare, and approachable cooking tips, with regular appearances on WCBS’s "Morning News" and WLNY’s “Live from the Couch,” as well as a feature on NBC’s “Today” show, "Fox5 Good Day New York", "Fox Business" and guest judge on Beat Bobby Flay and
Kitchen Casino. In 2014, she was featured on season ten of Food Network Star as a mentor to finalist Luca Della Casa.
Sollenne, a 2013 honoree of Zagat’s Top 30 under 30, has cooked for Taylor Swift, Seth Rogan, Ed Sheeran and the entire SNL cast. She adds author under her belt with the release of her first cookbook – Domestic Chíc, A Fashionably Fabulous Guide to Cooking and Entertaining by the Seasons. Inspired to modernize the woman chef, Kristin has designed a line of kitchen couture designer aprons, CELLINI to keep you feeling fabulous in the kitchen.
She oversees the three kitchens of the New York City Restaurant Group’s (NYCRG) Bocca Di Bacco. “My main philosophy is farm to-table with a focus on clean ingredients and keeping it simple,” the 28-year-old chef says. “I think simple dishes speak a lot louder than over complicated ones. Simplicity actually enhances the flavors.”
The self-taught chef discovered her interest and talent in creating fresh spins on classic Italian dishes while she was growing up in California with her Italian-American family. She honed in on creating wholesome meals without compromising on flavor as she assisted her parents in attaining their weight-loss goals while still enjoying their favorite foods. “Cooking for my parents really ignited that spark for me to move to New York and
get involved in the restaurant industry here.”
When not designing the next reimagined dish or catering and designing exquisite events, the Upper West Side resident enjoys running, dancing, and traveling for food inspiration.
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What is your favorite New York City restaurant?
Besides Bocca Di Bacco...La Esquina - I just love chips & salsa
What would be your last meal on earth?
My Dad's homemade Caesar Salad, and my Mom's Gnocchi. Tiramisu for dessert! Nothing beats a home cooked meal.
I always keep ________ in my fridge.
fresh seasonal fruits and veggies...and chilled Champagne! You never know when a celebration may be in order!
What is the best advice you have ever been given, and from whom?
My Dad has always told me to never wait for things to happen, make them happen for yourself. Work hard, stay focused and live passionately.