American chef, writer, restaurant owner and television personality.
He studied Spanish, theater and economics at Rutgers University. Afterwards, he began culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu, but quickly abandoned his studies in favor of professional work in the food industry.
He inspired the character of "Bario Matalli" in the "World of Warcraft: Cataclysm" game.
He moved with his family to Spain in 1975.
His vocal talents were featured in Wes Anderson's animated film, "The Fantastic Mr. Fox."