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Famous Chefs - Nick Stellino
As the family gathered around the old man's bed, Nick Stellino's Uncle Giovanni struggled with his final breath to leave some last, important words of advice. As his deep Italian voice cracked the silence of the room, imploring them to follow their dreams, he had no way of knowing that his words would have such a profound impact on his nephew. "You should never die without having followed your dreams."
Present day. A phone rang loudly, snapping Stellino and his thoughts back to southern California. A client needed the day's closing prices and advice about some commodities in question. Finishing his phone call, Stellino looked back out into the September afternoon and the daydream returned.
Autumn. Harvest time in his native Palermo. A time of ripening olives, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, and a time when his family gathered around the table to tell stories and share laughter. It was these thoughts that made him feel most alive. His uncle's words came to him again, and Stellino remembers asking himself, "Is this all I have to look forward to? Sitting in my office, answering the phone, day after day, after day??"
Today, Stellino has put those days behind him. He is pursuing his dream and achieving success as the passionate, congenial host of Cucina Amore, one of the most popular shows on television.