“Before there was talent, there was passion,” says ICE alum and Food Network Star contestant Dom Tesoriero of his path to culinary success. “I was 18 and my friends would just show up at the house with bags of ingredients—I wasn’t skilled, but I knew how to make food taste good.”
For Dom, the decision to attend culinary school was an impulsive one—but that impulsive quality, the ability to jump when an opportunity arrives, is exactly what landed Dom on Food Network Star. “That’s basically the story of my life. If I feel something and I want to do it, it’s like, ‘Let’s get up and do it!’”
Beyond Food Network, Dom may be best known for his Mac Truck—the city’s first macaroni and cheese food truck, launched three years ago—but his culinary training also includes stints at some of the city’s finest restaurants and catering companies.
Read on to learn more about Dom's path from culinary student to entrepreneur and TV personality.