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Regina Varolli
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Regina Varolli grew up in kitchens. The daughter of a restaurateur mom from Los Angeles, California and a chef-dad from Reggio Emilia, Italy, her first attempt at gastronomy was making escargot at age 6, with snails foraged from the back garden. While that didn't work too well—everyone spit them out—she never stopped approaching food as an adventure.

Today she lives in Manhattan and isn't afraid to eat anything, or to spit out the bad stuff. Though her taste is refined by fine dining and perfect pastry, she still craves a great burger and fries, and thinks Ghirardelli instant brownie mix is fabulous.

Regina is the author of "99Things You Wish You Knew Before Going To Culinary School".

What chefs are saying about "99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Going To Culinary School"...

“Finally, an answer to every question I've ever gotten about Cooking Schools. Before you write that tuition check be sure to make a smaller investment and read 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Going To Culinary School. It will help you make the right choices for you.” --Bobby Flay, Chef/Owner Mesa Grill and Bar Americain

“Regina Varolli sheds some much needed light on many of the mysterious and elusive questions we all have faced. In 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Going To Culinary School, you are given all the tools you need to make an educated and honest decision about culinary school.” --Johnny Iuzzini, Host and Head Judge Top Chef Just Desserts

Entries by Regina Varolli

Daniel Boulud Awards Scholarship to C-CAP Alum

(0) Comments | Posted April 18, 2014 | 12:03 PM

On Daniel Boulud's 50th birthday his business partner Joel Smilow gave him $100,000 and told him to spend it wisely, which he did by creating a scholarship for C-CAP alumni to send them to Lyon for five weeks at L'Institut Paul Bocuse. A long-time supporter of C-CAP (Careers Through Culinary...

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Padma Lakshmi on Top Chef, Beauty, and Her New Orleans "Picks"

(1) Comments | Posted February 5, 2014 | 3:40 PM

What do you do when Top Chef Season 11 is a wrap and you're hungry for more? Log on to Bravo and check out Padma's Picks, and get to know more of New Orleans with Padma as your guide. "On Top Chef," said Padma, "we don't have time...

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Talking Top Chef With Tom Colicchio

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 5:12 PM

Back in 2005 when the producers of Top Chef came calling, Tom Colicchio turned them down, three times. Having opened Gramercy Tavern just as the Food Network launched into mainstream America, he recalled Mario Batali coming into Gramercy just after signing his first TV contract. Colicchio witnessed the rise of...

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A Look Back at the Premier Culinary Event of 2013

(0) Comments | Posted December 30, 2013 | 4:30 PM

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Valrhona Builds School for Local Children in Dominican Republic

(0) Comments | Posted December 27, 2013 | 3:01 PM

When Valrhona Chocolate acquired the Loma Sotavento cacao plantation in the province of
Maria Trinidad Sanchez in Dominican Republic, they wanted to give back to the community that would be a large part of the new plantation's success. Valrhona, a company making strides in the area of Corporate...

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World's Most Expensive Cognac Now at Financial District Wine and Liquor

(1) Comments | Posted September 12, 2013 | 2:50 PM

The world's most expensive Cognac hit the shelf at Financial District Wine and Liquor in NYC, retailing at a whopping huge price tag of $156,700. Yes, you read that correctly, that's one bottle of Cognac for over $150,000. The single harvest 1858 Cognac Croizet, Cuvée Léonie, took the...

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The Top 10 Pastry Chefs in America

(0) Comments | Posted July 11, 2013 | 12:45 PM

Who are the best pastry chefs in America today? According to Dessert Professional, the recognized authority on the U.S. dessert industry and go-to magazine for pastry pros and enthusiasts, the list is as follows...

Roy Shvartzapel, Common Bond, Houston, TX
Malcolm Livingston II, wd~50, NYC
Clarisa Martino,...

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LUCKYRICE Festival Brings the Asian Cuisine Scene to NYC in May

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2013 | 9:33 AM

Kicking off on April 29 with a Dumpling Party where guests learn to make dumplings as they sip cocktails, the week-long LUCKYRICE Festival returns to NYC. Hailed by thousands of attendees as one of the best food festivals in NYC, LUCKYRICE is also bringing its special spin on Asian culture...

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Celebrity Chefs Step up to Plate for C-CAP's March 4 NYC Gala Benefit

(0) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 11:03 AM

Careers Through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP), a pioneering organization that has awarded $37 million in scholarships for students attending culinary/hospitality programs across the U.S., will be holding its annual Gala Benefit on Monday, March 4, at Pier Sixty/Chelsea Piers in NYC. Open to the general public, every year...

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NY Chefs' Letters Against Fracking Delivered to Governor Cuomo

(0) Comments | Posted February 15, 2013 | 8:58 AM

Anti-fracking letters from more than 150 prominent New York chefs -- including Mario Batali -- were delivered to the office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The chefs and other food professionals, in collaboration with Chefs for The Marcellus, have come out in opposition to Cuomo's consideration to open lands...

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Bobby Flay Wants You Fit... For Life

(3) Comments | Posted January 25, 2013 | 1:13 PM

Four years ago, Bobby Flay was dressing for a dinner out with his wife when he had an epiphany, "I just looked in the mirror and thought: "Man, I don't like that. I don't like the way that looks." Thus began his journey to a fit lifestyle, providing the impetus...

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The Big Picture Behind Melissa d'Arabian's Ten Dollar Dinners

(7) Comments | Posted December 10, 2012 | 5:48 PM

The cooking of Food Network's Melissa d'Arabian is about more than Ten Dollar Dinners that are both easy and delicious; her brand of cooking is an extension of her life experiences and her philosophy about living well.

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New York Times bestseller Ten Dollar Dinners...
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Wines of the Southern Hemisphere Wins Gourmand's 'Best Wine Book' 2012

(0) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 3:00 PM

The World Wine Guys, Mike DeSimone and Jeff Jenssen, have done something nobody has ever done before: They've written a book dedicated 100 percent to "Wines of the Southern Hemisphere." Earning them the Gourmand World Cookbook Award "Best Wine Book, USA" in 2012, Wines of the Southern Hemisphere is both...

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François Payard Returns to NYC's Upper East Side

(0) Comments | Posted October 24, 2012 | 4:20 PM

At long last, New York's Upper East Side welcomes back Pâtisserie François Payard. After losing a lease on his old location, then finding a new location that ended up not working out, Payard is now happily settled into a beautiful new space on 3rd Avenue at 74th Street. The shop...

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Highlights From the Sweet Side of the International Chefs Congress

(0) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 3:26 PM

Pastry buff that I am, I was well pleased with what the peeps at StarChefs.com had in store at The International Chefs Congress. From the International Pastry Competition, pastry pop-up restaurants by Michael Laiskonis and Dominique Ansel, and sweet food carts from Damien Herrgott and Katzie Guy-Hamilton, to a heated...

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Highlights From the Savory Side of the International Chefs Congress

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2012 | 12:29 PM

The StarChefs.com International Chefs Congress wrapped up with a panel discussion that headlined with Mario Batali. Probably the best quote of the high-energy, three-day Congress was when Batali said, "The first day that a chef thinks he knows everything is the first day he becomes an asshole for the rest...

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International Chefs Congress Returns to NYC

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2012 | 7:50 PM

The always innovative StarChefs.com International Chefs Congress (ICC) is returning to New York City for the seventh year on September 30 until October 2, bringing with it some of the most talented chefs, coolest kitchen equipment and tastiest products from across the globe. Running concurrently with the ICC is the...

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C-CAP Awards Over $3 Million in Culinary Scholarships in 2012

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2012 | 5:43 PM

Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) marked a record year in 2012, handing out over $3 million in scholarships to disadvantaged high schools kids. C-CAP, whose mission is breaking the cycle of poverty through the culinary arts, runs programs in high schools throughout America, donating supplies, offering...

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The Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America

(0) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 1:37 PM

The August issue of Dessert Professional features the magazine's picks for the Top Ten Pastry Chefs in America. The prestigious list, now in its 19th year, has named such pastry luminaries as Johnny Iuzzini, Michael Laiskonis, Dominique Ansel and Ron Paprocki. In this year's Top Ten are pastry chefs Damien...

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N.Y. Chefs Unite Against Fracking, Hold July 26 Fundraiser at Brooklyn Winery

(13) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 7:20 PM

Governor Andrew Cuomo has a decision to make, whether to open New York State to the process of fracking, and chefs in New York are uniting in opposition. It's not often that chefs get political, but the issue of fracking has caused such luminaries as Mario Batali, Elizabeth Falkner, Chris...

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