It was only recently that Star Talk broke the news that an unprecedented 12th season of Food Network Star is set to unfold this summer. For the first time ever, a prequel competition — Comeback Kitchen — will bring together seven past Star contestants for a no-holds-barred battle. The winner of this three-week tournament will join the dozen first-time Food Network Star finalists in the premiere episode on Sunday, May 22 at 9|8c. But before the new season kicks off, we're introducing all 12 of the hopeful rivals in exclusive, one-on-one interviews. Keep checking back every day to meet a new member of the cast. Today we'd like you to meet Damiano Carrara.
Growing up in the Tuscan city of Lucca in Italy, Damiano, 30 (Moorpark, Calif.), spent most of his childhood in the kitchen cooking alongside his brother. The two brothers always dreamed of opening their own business together, and they left the Italian countryside for California in 2009 to follow their dreams of opening an authentic Italian pasticceria. Sticking to his roots with traditional Italian recipes, Damiano wants to share his vast knowledge of Italian cooking with a wide audience.
Describe your culinary POV in one sentence.
Damiano Carrara: Complicated. My point of view, it's pastries. It's desserts, pastries. But I also like to cook. I grew up in Italy, in Tuscany, with fields around me, fresh vegetables, fresh fruit, fresh chickens and everything. So, growing up over there, because of all the fresh ingredients, I grew up cooking fresh farm food, so I love to cook that. But then on top of that, I like to do desserts too.