Piero Biondi is eminently qualified to discuss all aspects of the culinary art, as one of the hosts on CRN's popular daily food and beverage program, "What's Cookin". He arrived in the US from his native Italy at age 15, speaking no English but possessing a practical knowledge of the kitchen and food. He started his apprenticeship at Gusti's, a fashionable restaurant in Washington, D.C. He eventually worked his way up to head chef. While in Washington he prepared special dinners for then Vice President Richard Nixon, and for members of the Supreme Court. He eventually moved to California and opened Piero's Restaurant and Trattoria, a favorite dining spot near the NBC studios in Burbank. Piero Biondi has more than 30 years experience as a chef and has hosted his own successful radio talk show for many years. He also was the owner and head chef of his own restaurant. "Piero's" in Burbank, California for more than 3 decades. He has been called, "the Julia Child of talk radio" and his expertise and communication with the CRN listeners is key as the host of "What's Cookin' ".
Former GM at the beautiful Napa Rose in Anaheim, CA. Since his tenure at Napa Rose began, the restaurant received countless accolades. It holds the number one food ranking in the 2002, 2003 and 2004 editions of the Zagat survey for Orange County restaurants. The restaurant was honored as "Best Southern California Restaurant 2007" in the Orange County Business Journal and "Most Popular Restaurant" in the 2008 Zagat Survey. The restaurant's wine list also received the highest award from Wine Enthusiast Magazine the "Award of Ultimate Distinction", Wine Spectator's "Best of Award of Excellence" and a "Diamond Wine Award of Excellence" from the International Restaurant and Hospitality Rating Bureau. As well as being named as the "Best New Wine List" of 2002 as selected by Food & Wine, it was presented with the highest "Golden Bacchus" Cellar Award from the SCRW. Similar to Napa Rose, Jordan has received praise for his efforts and accomplishments. In 2002, the California Restaurant Writers Association (CRWA), a journalist organization, named Jordan "2001 Sommelier of the Year", the Southern California Restaurant Writers (SCRW) voted him "2002 Sommelier of the Year" and the Cordon du Vin World Society named him "2004 USA Sommelier of the Year." In 2006 Orange Coast Magazine named Michael "Restaurant Professional of the Year 2006" and also "General Manager of the Year 2006."
Tips on the best & worst this weekend at the Box Office. Steve reviews and comments on all the latest from Hollywood and gets the story behind the film.A veteran of the industry, "The Movie Guy" says exactly how he feels about the movies that you will be watching this weekend. Mike Horn comments on the lineup of big screen offerings but does not always agree with what Steve has to say. This is the movie review program to listen to every week and get the "real deal".