About Andy LoRusso
The Singing Chef ®
Andy LoRusso -- "The Singing Chef" -- is a best-selling author and cooking icon, thanks to the success and ongoing popularity of his timeless book, Sing and Cook Italian, and his unique cooking-cabaret shows. Since his childhood days in Newark, NJ, Andy has had a intrinsic gift for creating both music and food. He was extremely close with his large Sicilian family and recalls being in the kitchen as a child and watching his grandmother Grace cook. As soon as he was tall enough to reach the table, Andy was cooking meals for himself.
At the age of 22, Andy signed with Epic Records and recorded several popular jazz standards. Listen to The Singing Chef's first record: Side A - The Great Magic of Love and Side B - Dancing Master.
He later moved to California where he studied with world-renowned vocal coach, Giovanna d'Onofrio. Under Giovanna's tutelage, Andy studied all of the arias and love songs of the great Italian composers. In 1991, Andy invented a way to combine his passion for music and food by cooking his family's best recipes to classic, beautiful love songs, and thus "The Singing Chef" was officially born!
These days, "The Singing Chef" spends more time on the road than at home, traveling around the world as a featured performer at state and county fairs, at Italian festivals, at various trade shows, as well as at casinos and resorts. In addition, for his more savory fans, Andy caters "Sing & Cook" lunch and dinner shows for a steady stream of tour groups at high-profile restaurants across the country. His talents have been showcased by numerous national and international media outlets including, The Food Network, The Donny & Marie Show, and numerous local morning TV features.
Timeline of Personal & Career Events
Andy LoRusso signs with Epic Records and records several popular jazz standards.
Side A - The Great Magic of LoveSide B - Dancing Master
Writing a few original songs and getting them published by major publishing house.
Traveling with a large R&B band and opening for top acts.
Finding a teacher of an ancient Yoga & Meditation practice and applying it to my daly routine.
Traveling to Switzerland and becoming a teacher of this very ancient and effortless practice.
Getting certified as a Massage therapist in Swedish, Acupressure and Ayurvedic wholistic healing techniques.
Meeting John Travolta and becoming his personal masseur while he was working on one of his movies, Urban Cowboy.
Meeting Susan Lucci the actress and working on All My Children Soap Opera in NY.
Created an original dance exercise program for couples called Polkaerobics and performed with my dance partner Nena Spencer. It was marketed nationally in the Wall Street Journal, the USA Today, Entrepreneur Magazine as well as other prominent publications while appearing on some of the top morning variety TV shows. Eventually helping to implement the program on video for the Xerox corporation and their employees.
Publishing my first cookbook called "Sing & Cook Italian".
Appearing on a remote feed of QVC-TV filmed live at the Festa Italians in Milwaukee, WI. and selling over 2500 cookbooks in about 9 minutes.
Appearing on the Donny & Marie Show as a celebrity chef performing two entertaining segments with them.
Finding my only child that was given up for adoption, Betty, with the help of the Osmond's, the Internet, and many other supporters.
Starting my career as The Singing Chef traveling around the globe performing in the UK, Canada, Istanbul, Turkey, the USA and Italy.
The Singing Chef ®
Sing . Cook . Eat. Enjoy!
— Andy LoRusso