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Published:March 17th, 2009 14:41 EST
Meet Judge Donatella Apria of the Next Iron Chef

Meet Judge Donatella Apria of the Next Iron Chef

By Rocco Loosbrock

Last night I had pasta for dinner with some garlic bread, yum!  I used my favorite noodles - rigatoni topped with the pasta sauce of Donatella`s.  Donatella Apria has been dubbed the "dining donna" by Zagat, and judge on the Food Network series, "The Search for the Next Iron Chef," introduces the first pieces in her new food collection: Essential Tomato Sauce, Ready-to-Serve Sauce, Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Almond Cookies handmade by Donatella herself. Her acclaimed New York City restaurants have earned Donatella the reputation for creating stylish atmospheres and traditional food with a modern flair. 

Donatella has a simple, clear mission: to create everyday food solutions that are easy, healthy, quick, and also beautifully packaged and designed. The modern kitchen should be stocked with well-chosen pieces that are your go to staples for delicious, healthy meals. 

Donatella`s first two products, her Essential Tomato Sauce and Extra Virgin Olive Oil aren`t just the building blocks for Italian cuisine, they are versatile, healthy staples for modern living and everyday eating. Extra Virgin Olive Oil can replace butter in more ways than people know, providing a healthy alternative that is decidedly delicious.

Coming up next in the Donatella food collection: artisanal pastas and fine balsamic vinegar. Also on tap is a Restaurant Collection of stylish tabletop pieces based in whites, woods and metallic that pair easily with any interior color palette. These items will bridge the consumer gap between too-plain everyday basics and the "best" china that sits on the shelf, used only for "special occasions."

With her food and home products, Donatella Arpaia wants to inject great taste, health, style, ease and fun into the everyday food experience.


Rocco Loosbrock


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Rocco owns and runs a Bacon of the Month Club called The Bacon Freak Bacon is Meat Candy Club as well as a Wine Club called the Coastal Vineyard Wine Club