Celebrity Chefs

Celebrity Chef Rossella Rago Returns Saturday and Sunday!

Rossella Rago is the host of the popular web cooking show Cooking With Nonna ( On each episode, Rossella invites an Italian-American nonna to cook with her, sharing traditional Italian recipes and fond memories of growing up in Italian in America.


Rossella has traveled the country and performed cooking demonstrations in many cities across the United States, with local nonne as her partners.


Rossella spent her childhood in the kitchen with her maternal grandmother, Nonna Romana. When she lightheartedly declares that she holds a PhD from Nonna’s Basement Culinary Academy, she is only half-joking. At her Nonna’s side, she has become an expert in a rich tradition of Pugliese recipes passed down through countless generations. Launching Cooking with Nonna has allowed Rossella to expand her culinary expertise to much of the rest of Italy.


In 2010, Rossella teamed up with her mother Angela and her Nonna Romana in the “Italiano Battle” episode of the Food Network’s 24 Hour Restaurant Battle. This grueling contest involved conceiving and executing the menu and decor for their very own restaurant, all in the space of one day. The competition was tough, but when it was all said and done, Team Nonna emerged victorious.


In March 2017, Rossella has published her first cookbook. Entitled Cooking with Nonna: Celebrate Food and Family with Over 100 Classic Recipes from Italian Grandmothers. the book is a collection of recipes and memories shared by her Nonna Romana as well as 24 other nonne representing different regions of Italy.


Also in March 2017, Rossella was an honoree at The National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) New York Gala held March 22, 2017.  This distinguished event celebrated the very best in Italian food, beverage and cultural experiences – and feted some of the most notable and impactful luminaries of the Italian American community.  Nearly 700 Italian Americans were in attendance at the event.


Rossella is a native of Brooklyn, NY, and holds a B.A. in Italian Literature from St. John’s University.


This year, Rossella will be joined on stage with Nonna Romana at Festa Italiana.



Watch Rossella on The Hallmark Channel!

Enjoy Filippo and the Chef – Richard Lombardi & Filippo Volagio Saturday and Sunday!

About Richard Lombardi:
When you learn the art of sausage stuffing and mozzarella shaping at a young age, it must mean that you’re cut out for a life as a Chef. He has been a professional chef for almost 20 years. Chef Richard has been learning and perfecting his cooking skills since he was a child.


His first kitchen job, at the age of 5, was to take freshly made ravioli from the kitchen to lay them out to dry on a white sheet on the bed, the largest flat surface in the house. He graduated to working Saturdays at Uncle Mario’s Italian Deli in the Bronx, New York City.


In 1988 Chef Richard began his professional cooking career by creating portion-controlled entrees for patients needing to control their eating habits due to medical problems. This led to his taking over the production of the Bristol 300 line of low calorie products for Bristol Farms Stores. For over 5 years he supplied Trader Joe’s stores with fresh Italian entrees.


Chef Lombardi has created a “New Italian American Cuisine,” as influenced by his mother Mama Rose, his aunts uncles and grandparents. “Quick, Easy and Delicious” describes the “New Cuisine” and Chef Richard takes the mystery and hard work out of preparing great food for you and your guests.


Chef Richard and his wife, Elaine, owned and operated Mama Rose Restaurant, in California, for 10 years. During that time the restaurant and Chef Richard received many awards for excellence. They were celebrated in newspapers, magazines and on radio and television for the extraordinary dining experience Mama Rose offered.


Chef Richard was heard on radio as part of “The Filippo and the Chef Show” and seen around the country performing the stage version of “The Filippo and the Chef Show” featuring celebrity chefs.


Chef Richard has written numerous articles for food publications and “The Mama Rose Cook Book” containing recipes from Mama Rose Restaurant. After his bout with CANCER he created a non-profit organization “The Cancer Fighting Chef.” He is using his cooking experience along with his experiences as a cancer patient, to create tasty recipes that contain ingredients that help fight cancer.


Many chefs around the world have visited his website and asked Chef Richard “How they can help?” An affiliated organization was formed called Cancer Fighting Chefs, International and Chef Richard’s effort is now a world wide effort by thousands of chefs who have become advocates in the fight to prevent CANCER.


About Filippo Voltaggio

Filippo Voltaggio, Author, Speaker, LIFECoach, and TV and Radio Host, has incorporated the years of experience from being in front of, behind and on the little screen, the big screen and live stages into everything he does. His passion has become incorporating all his gifts and using them for the good of many. From his singing, writing, hosting or one on ones to many on ones, Filippo brings it all together to create a unique experience all his own for all to make their own.


From his acclaimed radio shows and TV and film appearances and performances, to his experiences in the world of business, working for a Fortune Top 3 Company and later owning a boutique entertainment agency; to his study of human psychology and esoteric arts, Filippo has seen and experienced and learned so much about the human condition and the struggle to being our authentic selves.


Filippo is a recent recipient of the President’s ‘Call to Service’ award from President Barack Obama and is listed in the Cambridge Book of Who’s Who.


After receiving a degree B.A. from USCD in Engineering Management, and being decorated in the his business career with top awards and honors, Filippo went on to study the field of energetic healing and became an Energetic Alchemist, Master and Teacher, a Reiki Master and Teacher, a Theta Practitioner Healer, a Reconnective Healer and an Ordained Minister.


How fitting to note that an interpretation of his name Filippo Voltaggio is “Love Voltage,” the electricity of love.



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