CHEF JAIME LAURITA - HOST
EVENTS: IDE ALL-STAR CULINARY BASH
EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION: Culinary Institute of America
BACKGROUND: Eat Your Hearts Out Catering
CURRENTLY: VIKING + La Cornue + Middleby
WHY HE IS AMAZING: After graduating from culinary school, Chef Jaime was awarded a scholarship to study under chefs in Europe for three years. Upon returning he began cooking backstage from a number of musicians and celebrities from Madonna to The Rolling Stones. He began to forge an independent path for himself when he went on tour with Sarah McLachlan. It was through this relationship that he came to co-author a cookbook with Sarah named Plenty. Chef Jaime also had an eye for interior design. Through word of mouth he became chef and designer to various A-listers. He found himself in the Merchandise Mart, shopping to outfit an client’s Chicago apartment. He walked into the interior mecca’s Dream Home space — a now-shuttered showcase of gorgeous rooms by local designers — and asked the receptionist how he could get involved. Laurita subsequently met CEO of commercial kitchen appliances behemoth Middleby, Selim Bassoul who said the company was branching into residential. Laurita was brought on as creative director and tapped to lead design on the company’s first-ever residential showroom — located in the exact Merchandise Mart space as the Dream Home had been. Chef Jaime is currently the Creative Director of Middleby as well as Brand Ambassador of VIKING range and La Cornue.
LAST NIGHT ON EARTH HE’S EATING IN: Bologna, Italy