Here’s My Story
The first season of “Storyteller in the Kitchen” marks Nick Stellino’s 22nd anniversary on public television.Nick Stellino’s path to his successful career as a television chef and cookbook author began in Italy, where he grew up in a family of accomplished cooks who shared with him their knowledge and love of cooking.
Nick was born and raised in Palermo, a city rich in culture, music and culinary tradition. Life there was good and he was surrounded by family. But from early childhood, Nick dreamed of moving to America. In 1975, at the age of 17, he achieved that goal. The move was a dream come true wrapped in a series of challenges, but Nick had always loved America, and a good challenge. By the late 1980s, he had built a successful career as a stockbroker.Nick’s Wall Street career was lucrative, but he realized something was missing. He had come from a world where food, love and family were deeply intertwined and had developed a passion for cooking at an early age. He decided to pursue a culinary career, believing that “if you do what you love and invest in it your dedication and your passion, you will be successful.” With no formal experience, Nick was told he couldn’t work as a chef. Not to be denied a job in the industry, he initially took a job as a dishwasher. He went on to apprentice with some of the best chefs in America. While working in the restaurant business, he realized that he wanted to share his enthusiasm for cooking with others and that a television cooking show would be the best way to do that.Fueled by the same energy, passion and entrepreneurial vision that had taken him from Palermo to Wall Street, Nick began calling television production companies, fully committed to making his dream of a new TV series come true. That commitment led to a career that exceeded his expectations.