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Bitten by the food bug at an early age in his grandmother's house, Andrew DiCataldo's life has been focused around the dynamic energy and warmth of the kitchen ever since. From his first childhood memories of dangling fettuccine drying overhead at home, to a high school job in a cafeteria that cemented his love of cooking and entertaining, DiCataldo has had one goal.

It was at Johnson & Wales University that DiCataldo met his roommate and eventual cohort in cuisine, Douglas Rodriguez. After graduating, he accepted a position at The Wine Cellar in Seaside Heights, New Jersey. Warmer climates beckoned and DiCataldo joined his friend, Rodriguez, in Florida. After a stint as Sous Chef at the Hyatt Regency Miami hotel, he directed the kitchen at Scratch, a diverse contemporary American dining room in a hot, South Beach entertainment complex. As he spent more time in southern Florida, DiCataldo became increasingly smitten with the sights, sounds and flavors of Miami's vibrant Latino community. It was also during this period that he met his wife-to-be, Patricia. She exposed him to a wide variety of foods at restaurants and in her Colombian grandmother's kitchen. On a trip to South America she helped broaden his palate even further. When Rodriguez called for help during an opening party at his restaurant, Yuca in Miami, the two were reunited. DiCataldo was both Sous and Pastry Chef at Yuca until the opportunity arose to redesign Las Puertas in Coral Gables, Florida. He focused his energy on regional Mexican cuisine at Las Puertas and, moving back north, at the noted Mexicali Blues Café in Teaneck, New Jersey.

DiCataldo joined Patria as Chef de Cuisine in 1995. DiCataldo has maintained their position as a leader in Nuevo Latino cuisine, while introducing new flavors and indigenous ingredients to the menu. In fact, one thing DiCataldo's excited about is the upcoming crop of farm-grown chiles and spices he has imported during his travels. In Latin Flavor on the Grill, the book he co-authored with Rodriguez, DiCataldo continues to explore his passion for the spicy flavors of pan-Latin cuisine.

DiCataldo is married and resides with his wife, Patricia, and daughters, Francesca and Angelina, in Fanwood, New Jersey.





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