Chef Dom Tesoriero has proven that being in the right place at the right time is half the battle - along with a lot of hard work. Take his recent success from the Food Network cooking competition “Food Network Star.” He was able to land a spot in the competition because of attention he had received from his Macaroni and Cheese food truck - the only food truck in New York City to offer this comfort food. And before that he was traveling all over the world catering for the United States athletes at the Turin, Vancouver, and Beijing Olympic Games because of a job he got right out of college.
“I always like to think that I have a plan, but it seems like most of the time, plans just find me,” he jokes.
With such an eclectic culinary background, he has the potential to take his passion for food wherever he chooses. Being a food entrepreneur, that no doubt includes embracing his heritage and opening an Italian Restaurant. But for now, he is loving the current opportunities he has with Food Network. Though he can’t tell us everything he’s currently working on, we know this won’t be the last we hear from Chef Dom in the foodie world.
In the meantime, check out this quick game of 21 questions we played with Tesoriero.
Do you prefer tea, coffee, or cocoa?
Are you ticklish?
Are you allergic to anything?
Are you scared of the dark?
What’s been your worst date ever?
It was a blind date.
Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
Is there anything you wish would come back into fashion?
Good question; nothing in particular.
Do you collect anything?
What’s the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten?
Scorpion and other weird things in Beijing, China.
When did you last go to the beach?
What was your least favorite subject in school?
How would you label your personal style?
Business casual. I like to be neat and keep it put together, but at the same time be comfortable.
What’s your favorite Disney movie?
Peter Pan, The Jungle Book, The Lion King.
Is the glass half full or half empty?
What’s your favorite fruit?
What’s the last piece of clothing you purchased?
A pair of Levi’s jeans.
Who’s your favorite superhero?
Do you believe in aliens?
No. I’ll believe it when I see it. And even then I’ll probably only believe half of it.
What’s your favorite flower?
What’s your favorite fast food restaurant?
What’s your favorite type of pie?
Follow Chef Dom on Twitter and Instagram @chefdomtes
Written by Hannah McCauley
Photographs by Mischa Teichgraeber