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MasterChef's Joe Bastianich is also a rock star
If ever someone was destined to be a celebrity chef, it's Joe Bastianich. Born in Queens, New York, Bastianich grew up in a family that celebrated food — not surprising given that his parents owned and ran their own restaurant. In , Bastianich's burgeoning fame as one of Manhattan's top restaurateurs led him to television, where he was tapped to be one of the judges — alongside Gordon Ramsay and Graham Elliot — on Fox's MasterChef , in which talented but non-professional home cooks compete in a series of culinary challenges. Bastianich went on to appear on the show's pint-sized spinoff, MasterChef Junior , ultimately spending five seasons on the original and three on Junior before exiting the franchise — only to return to both MasterChef shows in Fans of MasterChef have watched the TV judge render his typically blunt culinary verdicts for years, but how much do they really know about him? Find out by delving into the untold truth of MasterChef 's Joe Bastianich. Joe Bastianich is not only a celebrity chef and television personality, he's also a musician. But, Bastianch is far beyond jamming with buddies in a garage band.
A frightening health scare changed the life of MasterChef's Joe Bastianich
Joseph Bastianich born September 17, is an Italian-American restaurateur, winemaker, vineyard owner, author, showman, television personality and musician of Italian descent. He, along with his mother and business partner Lidia Bastianich , co-owns thirty restaurants in four countries, including Babbo 1 Michelin star  and Del Posto 1 Michelin star  in New York ; Carnevino in Las Vegas ; Osteria Mozza in Singapore ; and the Pizzeria eateries in Los Angeles, which the owners expanded in Raised working in his parents' Italian restaurant Felidia in Manhattan , he attended Fordham Preparatory School before attending Boston College , where he studied finance. After spending a year on Wall Street as a bond trader , he gave up his newly launched career and ventured into the food industry. In , he opened Becco Italian for "peck, nibble, savor" , an Italian restaurant with his mother, Lidia Bastianich.