Joe Bastianich

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Joe Bastianich
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Joe Bastianich in New York City (2011)
Born Joseph Bastianich
(1968-09-17) September 17, 1968 (age 45)
Astoria, Queens, New York City, New York
Residence Greenwich, Connecticut, US
Alma mater Boston College (B.A.)
Occupation Restaurateur, winemaker, author, television personality

Joseph "Joe" Bastianich (born September 17, 1968) is an American television personality, restaurateur and food writer.[1] He is a judge on the competitive cooking shows MasterChef, MasterChef Italia,[2] and MasterChef Junior.[3] He also dubbed himself in the Italian dub of MasterChef.

Early life and education[edit]

The son of Felice and Lidia Bastianich,[4] Joseph Bastianich was born in Astoria, Queens, New York City, New York, in 1968,[5] four years before his parents purchased their first restaurant, Buonavia, in Forest Hills, Queens. He was eleven years old when they purchased their second restaurant, Villa Seconda, also in Queens, and thirteen when his parents sold the two Queens restaurants and launched their flagship restaurant, Felidia (a portmanteau of their two first names), on the East Side of Manhattan near the 59th Street Bridge.

Joseph attended Fordham Preparatory School in the Bronx and skipped the eighth grade. He received his B.A. from Boston College.[6][7] After graduation, he worked as a bond trader at Merrill Lynch on Wall Street, but soon after[when?] abandoned that career route to join the family's restaurant business.


Soon after joining his parents' restaurant business, he convinced his parents to put up the capital and partner with him in 1993 to open Becco (Italian for "peck, nibble, savor") in the Theater District in Manhattan. Like Felidia, Becco was successful. The family opened additional restaurants outside New York City, starting with Lidia's Kansas City in 1993. In 1997 Felice and Lidia Bastianich divorced after 31 years of marriage. His father resigned from the business and transferred his share in the partnership to their two children, Joseph and Tanya.

The following year, Joe teamed up with chef Mario Batali to open Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca. The restaurant earned three stars from The New York Times.[citation needed] Continuing the partnership, the pair opened seven more restaurants in New York City: Lupa, Esca, Casa Mono, Bar Jamón, Otto, Del Posto (in 2005),[8] and most recently (2010), Eataly. In Los Angeles, Bastianich and Batali opened Osteria Mozza and Pizzeria Mozza (which have branches at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore), and in Las Vegas, B&B Ristorante, Enoteca San Marco, and Carnevino. Closer to home, the duo revived the old Tarry Lodge in Port Chester, New York.[9] In 2010, Del Posto became "the first Italian restaurant to receive a four-star ranking in [The New York Times] since Parioli Romanissimo, reviewed by John Canaday in 1974," 36 years earlier.[8]


With wine expert David Lynch (wine director then general manager at Bastianich and Batali's restaurant Babbo, and a former senior editor at Wine & Spirits),[10] Bastianich co-authored Vino Italiano: The Regional Wines of Italy (ISBN 978-1400097746) and Vino Italiano Buying Guide (ISBN 978-0307406507). In 2005, he was recognized as Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional by both the James Beard Foundation and Bon Appétit magazine.[citation needed] In 2008, he and Mario Batali were awarded the James Beard Foundation's Outstanding Restaurateur Award.[11]

Joe's memoir, Restaurant Man (ISBN 978-0-670-02352-3), was released in May 2012.


In March 2012 Bastianich and his business partner Mario Batali were sued for skimming tips from his restaurant staff. The suit was settled for more than $5 million.[12][13][14]

Personal life[edit]

He resides in Greenwich, Connecticut, with his wife and three children,[15] Olivia, Miles, and Ethan.[16]

He has participated in several marathons and triathlons. Joe completed the 2011 Ironman World Championship, finishing with a time of 12:31:39, placing him 1,428th out of 1,918.[17]


  1. ^ "Joe Bastianich: Interview with Joe Bastianich". Fine Dining Lovers. Retrieved 23 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Hinckley, David (26 July 2010). "Sob stories, bad auditions: Gordon Ramsay's new 'MasterChef' is like 'American Idol' for foodies". Daily News (New York). Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Junior MasterChef". Fox. Retrieved August 12, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Bastianich, Joseph". Current Biography Yearbook 2011. Ipswich, Massachusetts: H.W. Wilson. 2011. pp. 50–54. ISBN 9780824211219. 
  5. ^ Yi, Christine (28 October 2008). "Passion for Food Adjusts to Fit Passion for Running". The New York Times. 
  6. ^ Kamer, Foster. "Joe Bastianich and The Gospel of Restaurant Man". Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Joe Bastianich". Boston College. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  8. ^ a b Sifton, Sam (28 September 2010). "A Modern Italian Master". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  9. ^ Gabriel, Alice (15 January 2009). "Expanding a Culinary Empire Into the Suburbs". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 September 2012. 
  10. ^ David Lynch at
  11. ^ "Chefs Find Winner’s Circle Familiar Turf". The New York Times. 11 June 2008. 
  12. ^ Jenny Miller. "Batali, Bastianich & Co. Settle Tip-Skimming Suit for $5.25 Million". Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  13. ^ Bruce Golding (8 March 2012). "Batali, partner settle wage and tip lawsuit for $5.25 million". New York Post. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  14. ^ Carrie Kahn (8 March 2012). "Celebrity Chef Mario Batali Settles Lawsuit With His Waitstaff". Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  15. ^ About the Author of Vino Italiano at Random House
  16. ^ Jaret, Peter (October 2010). "Pasta Perfect". Runners World: 88–98. 
  17. ^ "2011 Ford Ironman World Championship Results". 

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