"The Ceslie Show" guests Chef Steve Samson, Vincenzo Marianella

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Two of LA's entertaining and culinary superstars from celebrity hot spots Copa d'Oro and Pizzeria Ortica

Chef Steve Samson is the Executive Chef / Partner of Pizzeria Ortica and Vincenzo Marianella of hotter than hot Copa d'Oro is credited with re-invigorating LAs cocktail scene. Tips for lively entertaining at home today on The Ceslie Show!


Chef Steve Samson on ceslie.com

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chef, restaurateur
Chef Steve Samson is the Executive Chef / Partner of Pizzeria Ortica, a gorgeous Italian restaurant in Costa Mesa, CA. He has extensive experience as a professional chef. Over the years, he has cooked in Michelin-starred kitchens in New York and Italy. Before meeting David Myers, he worked as executive sous chef and then executive chef for award-winning chef Piero Selvaggio.

Chef Samson’s cooking has garnered the attention of The Los Angeles Times, Bon Appetit, Saveur as well as the appreciation of guests at the James Beard House in New York City. He is also an inductee in the Institute of Culinary Education Alumni Hall of Achievement and while working under Piero Selvaggio, was named American Culinary Federation’s Chef of the Year in 2003.

Vincenzo Marianella on ceslie.com

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barman, restaurateur
At Copa d’Oro, Marianella creates an alternative experience for patrons looking for innovative yet delicious cocktails. Credited with re-invigorating LA’s cocktail scene, Marianella has trained with today’s most popular LA Bartenders. His daily “Market Menu” is tailored around a selection of fresh produce and herbs from local farmer’s markets enabling each guest to create their own cocktail with the bar team, a level of customization rarely seen in watering holes.



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