Lidia Bastianich | Chefs | PBS Food


Lidia Matticchio Bastianich is an Emmy award-winning public television host, best‐selling cookbook author, successful restaurateur, and owner of a flourishing food and entertainment business. Most importantly, she has accomplished all of this by marrying her two passions in life—her family and food—to create multiple culinary endeavors alongside her two children, Joseph and Tanya.

Lidia has published numerous cookbooks, co-authored with her daughter Tanya, and companion books to her Emmy-winning television series Lidia’s Kitchen, Lidia’s Italy in America, and Lidia’s Italy. Her most recent book is Lidia’s A Pot, A Pan, and a Bowl, a companion to her new 26-part public television series, Lidia’s Kitchen. She is also the author of the English and Italian version of her memoir: My American Dream: A Life of Love, Family, and Food. Lidia’s cooking shows air nationwide in the U.S. on public television and CREATE, internationally, and on various digital networks including Amazon Prime, Tubitv, and Xumo. Her cooking segments are also part of her TUTTOLIDIA YouTube channel.

Lidia is a celebrated chef and restaurateur and a partner in Eataly NYC, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Dallas, Las Vegas, Toronto, San Jose and Sao Paolo, Brazil. Together with Tanya and son-in-law Corrado, she also developed a line of artisanal pastas and all-natural sauces called LIDIA’S.

Lidia is a member of Les Dames D’Escoffier and founding member of Women Chefs and Restaurateurs, two non-profit organizations of women leaders in the food and hospitality industries. She is also a champion for the United Nations Association of the United States of America’s Adopt-A-Future program, in support of refugee education.

Among the numerous awards and accolades Lidia has earned are seven James Beard Awards (Outstanding Chef, Television Food Show, Best Chefs in America, Who’s Who of Food & Beverage in America, Specials 2016, Special 2017 and 2018) and two Emmy Awards for Outstanding Culinary Host (2013 and 2018). In 2022 Lidia received the Silver Award from APT for 25 years on Public Television.

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  • TASTE AWARDS: The Andrew Zimmern Discovery Award
  • Honoree at the Festa Italiana in Albany (Governor’s Mansion) and Troy, NY
  • Nation’s Restaurant News MenuMasters Winner: Hall of Fame Award
  • Fresh Air with Terry Gross Interview & Lifelong Learning Award
  • 2019
  • New York Festivals. Silver World Medal
  • 2018
  • Gold Telly Award for Lidia Celebrates America: Home Grown Heroes–“General Documentary: Individual” category.
  • James Beard Foundation Award for Lidia Celebrates America: Homegrown Heroes–Best Special on TV or Web.
  • 2017
  • James Beard Foundation Award for Lidia Celebrates America: Holiday for Heroes–Best Special.
  • 2016
  • James Beard Foundation Award for Lidia Celebrates America: Home for the Holidays–Best Special.
  • Telly Award for Lidia Celebrates America: Freedom & Independence.
  • 2014
  • Nominated for James Beard Foundation Award for Lidia Celebrates America: Freedom & Independence–Best Television Program, On Location.
  • New York Film Festivals finalist for Lidia Celebrates America: Weddings – Something Borrowed, Something New.


    Executive Producers: Lidia Bastianich & Laurie Donnelly
    Producer/Director: Callie Wiser
    Producer: Kendra Gahagan
    Editors: Mark Dugas, Sabrina Zanella-Foresi
    Director of Photography: Jason Longo
    Cinematography: Dave Gorn, Samuel Russell, Stefan Wiesen
    Additional Editing: Jon Neuburger
    Assistant Editor: Peter Norton
    Assistant Camera: Rory Blackmon, Francisco Dilan, Hudson Hower, Melody Peace
    Sound: Alan Adeleke, Louie Benavides, Geoff Gann, James Jennings, Mark Mandler, Adam Snyder, Steve Tejada
    Gaffer: Carl Casseus
    Production Assistants: Jacob Staley, Jennifer Dao
    Make-Up Artist: Lisa Makowski
    Archival Producer: Lindsey Schneider
    Culinary Producers: Joaquin Fajardo, Amy Stevenson
    Still Photographer: Meredith Nierman
    Post Production Services: The OutPost
    OnLine Editor: Dave Bigelow
    Sound Mix: Chris Anderson
    Post Production Editor: Joey Mullin
    Digital & Social: Anna Fort, Tory Starr, Zack Waldman
    Station Marketing: Bara Levin, Jeffrey Elias, Margaret DiPatri
    Managing Director, National Programming Finance: Tobee Phipps
    Production Finance: Evan Mehler, Erin O’Leary
    Legal and Business Affairs: Eric Brass, Suzy Carrington, Jay Fialkov, Nike Okediji, Raven Smith, Donna Taub
    Intern: Dylan Scott
    Associate Producer: Nora Kirrane
    Business Manager: Jonathan Trimby
    Director of Business & Production: Emily Stevens
    Supervising Producer for Tavola Productions: Tanya Bastianich Manuali

    This program is a Production of Tavola Productions and GBH Studio Six, which is solely responsible for its content.

    ©2021 WGBH Educational Foundation and Tavola Productions All Rights Reserved


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