The Singing Chef, Andy LoRusso
Andy Lo Russo Interview
Andy Lo Russo -- "The Singing Chef" -- is a best-selling author and cooking icon, thanks to the success and ongoing popularity of his timeless book, Sing and Cook Italian, and his unique cooking-cabaret shows. Since his childhood days in Newark, NJ, Andy has had a intrinsic gift for creating both music and food. He was extremely close with his large Sicilian family and recalls being in the kitchen as a child and watching his grandmother Grace cook. As soon as he was tall enough to reach the table, Andy was cooking meals for himself.
At the age of 22, Andy signed with Epic Records and recorded several popular jazz standards. He later moved to California where he studied with world-renowned vocal coach, Giovanna d'Onofrio. Under Giovanna's tutelage, Andy studied all of the arias and love songs of the great Italian composers. In 1991, Andy invented a way to combine his passion for music and food by cooking his family's best recipes to classic, beautiful love songs, and thus "The Singing Chef" was officially born!
These days, "The Singing Chef" spends more time on the road than at home, traveling around the world as a featured performer at state and county fairs, at Italian festivals, at various trade shows, as well as at casinos and resorts. In addition, for his more savory fans, Andy caters "Sing & Cook" lunch and dinner shows for a steady stream of tour groups at high-profile restaurants across the country. His talents have been showcased by numerous national and international media outlets including, The Food Network, The Donny & Marie Show, and numerous local morning TV features.
Though Andy Lo Russo has a penchant for authentic old-fashioned cuisine, he has managed to modernize his act by recently launching a new CD entitled, Cooking Cabaret: An International Cooking Musical. The musical will soon be making its theatrical debut at performing arts centers and theaters all over the United States and Canada. Andy is also in the process of producing a TV pilot for a show that will dramatically reunite estranged families by inviting them to recreate original family recipes while singing and cooking together. To book celebrity chef Andy Lo Russo call Executive Speakers Bureau 901-754-9404.
"Andy LoRusso is one of the most talented and unique individuals that I have ever had the pleasure to know. I met Andy while working for a company that had hired Andy as one of their celebrities. I was immediately impressed by Andy's talent, ability to connect with his audience and beautiful voice. He has such a genuine love for cooking, singing and engaging people, and I can absolutely see that it comes straight from his heart. His cookbooks are wonderful and he believes in engaging everyone you love in the kitchen. I feel quite fortunate to know Andy, and I know that his talent and love for people carry him far in life."
Dan, New UK Fan
Just wanted to drop you a quick note to congratulate you on a fantastic double appearance at the Isle of Wight festival. You were absolutely fantastic and after watching your first appearance, my friend and I couldn't resist coming to the Saturday show and encouraging many others who all shared our appreciation for your talents. I have every intention of trying to make the Food Show at Regents Park, I notice you are down as "pending" on the site, I hope that soon turns to "CONFIRMED!". Once again, you were the highlight of our festival along with The Police and hopefully next year....................We'll see you headlining on the main stage! Good luck with your future appearances!
WFBL 1390 Radio Hosts Joey & Jim, Syracuse, NY
You "mix pop and jazz technique which makes an interesting and unique sound!" He added that you "mix flavors in your singing style, like you do with your cooking!" He commented that you use an Irish tenor trill in spots, which he loved! Me? I'm a singer, probably like you so I noticed that you were intimate where you needed to be but lifted your voice on the big notes and sailed it beautifully with a vibrato that sounds so natural unlike some who push in that range.
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