If the quarantine has added 5 lbs. to your waistline, we understand. But it isn’t worth it if you’re eating junk.

Try this: Eat like an Italian! Get your team feeling energized and cooking like a celebrity chef in under 60 minutes by enlisting the virtual cooking skills of celebrity chef Ryan DePersio.

Chef Ryan is a talented restaurateur and executive chef whose pathway to success included countless Michelin-starred restaurants across the globe and throughout Manhattan.

Today, he oversees the culinary aspects of his three restaurants in New Jersey. In his limited free time, he shares his wealth of culinary knowledge with groups looking to expand their cooking technique.

Ditch the ice breakers and virtual happy hours. In 45 minutes, chef will have all of your virtual attendees chopping and sautéing like experts. Start with a sort list of ingredients and finish with an incredible meal like his Buttermilk Baked Chicken with Wild Mushroom Sauce and Olive Oil Mashed Potatoes.

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Chef Ryan has the personality of a Food Network host and engages your audience by testing their cooking abilities (and throws in some drinking games!). Even the most novice chefs can participate and finish with an incredible dish.

Carrying on the Family Tradition

Working in the kitchen and coming from a close-knit Italian family, Chef Ryan knew early on that cooking was his life’s passion. His mother, a pastry chef at his restaurant, Fascino, set high standards for home cooking, and his grandmothers’ meals were legendary.

Chef Ryan DePersio
Photo: Celebrity chef Ryan DePersio has brought his Italian cuisine expertise to the virtual world. Credit: Ryan DePersio

At the age of 25, Chef Ryan made a mark in the food world. His creative, family-owned, new Italian restaurant in Montclair, N.J., Fascino, received three-star reviews in the first six months it was open. The New York Times graced Fascino with an "Excellent" rating and raved that Chef Ryan was “born to run a restaurant.”

After New York Restaurant School, Chef Ryan worked at Bouley Bakery and Judson Grill, then travelled to Paris to work at the one-star Michelin restaurant, La Braserie. Chef Ryan's talent was recognized by the legendary Jean Georges Vongerichten, who hired him first at Vong and then the four-star restaurant Jean Georges.

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He then travelled to Florence and worked at the two-star Enoteca Pinchiorri. Five restaurants since then, and after two partnerships in Jersey City, N.J.—Batello and Kitchen Step—Chef Ryan’s talents and expert team have created a restaurant group that leads the way in modern food concepts enhanced by delightful neighborhood settings.

Cooking on Your TV, and Computer, Screens

He regularly appears in media, having served as a guest on NBC’s Today Show, the Food Network, Tony Tantilo’s CBS Morning segment and in the New York Post’s “Just Add Fire” digital series.

Ryan DePersio(Photo: Mangia! Mangia! Celebrity chef Ryan DePersio plates up an Italian delight. Credit: Ryan DePersio)

We are thrilled to have partnered with Chef Ryan for a variety of virtual classes, from delicious original recipes to cooking tips and hacks for improving at-home skills. Learn to make his secret recipe for light and airy ricotta gnocchi or grill up some Mediterranean branzino with caper salsa.

His personality, charm, charisma and love for wine makes these virtual experiences truly an incredible 45 minutes to an hour of smiles and leaves your team saying two things: "When can we have Chef Ryan back?” and “yum!”

We would love to produce Chef Ryan for your next virtual event! We promise you lots of laughs and an amazing meal on your table that evening! Try it yourself at home, then visit him in New Jersey for the most delicious, freshly made Italian dishes at Fascino, NICO Kitchen + Bar, Battello and The Kitchen Step.

Look for more Cerbelli: Hot Virtual Event Ideas in the upcoming weeks, and most of all stay healthy, stay safe, stay home and stay #EventStrong! Please sign up for Cerbelli Creative’s inspirational bi-weekly newsletter at eventstrong@cerbellicreative.com.

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