Chef Spotlight: Carlo Filippone of ELITE LIFESTYLE CUISINE
Carlo Filippone is the founder, CEO and chef of Elite Lifestyle Cuisine, a gourmet food company that delivers delicious, healthy chef-prepared meals right to your door. Filippone has more than 25 years of hands-on kitchen experience and over 200 published recipes. Filippone is not your typical CEO. He is not your typical chef. As a three-time national champion bodybuilder, he brings a lot of muscle - and a unique perspective - to the relationship between food and health. He understands the physiological importance of calibrating every meal.
A native of Cliffside Park, NJ, Filippone has returned to the neighborhood to open a retail location that features his chef-prepared meals. Filippone is very active within his local community and is regularly featured as a guest speaker at local schools and other community events. His favorite charity is one that is near and dear to his heart, Autism Speaks. Through Elite Lifestyle Cuisine he has helped raise funding for this and other organizations. To Filippone, "Food is love," and he is spreading it wherever he can.
What was your earliest interest in cooking?
I've been interested in cooking since I was 11 years old, growing up in an Italian immigrant household. Each day after school, while my friends were off playing games on the neighborhood ball fields, I spent my time working at my father's pizzeria. It was where I learned the value of discipline, commitment, drive and perseverance. And it was there where I learned that food is love and I wanted to spread it.
Who were some of your career mentors?
That's a very easy questions to answer -- my parents. They have played a huge role in my life. I aspire to be the kind of people they are. And I am happy to be half the cook my mom is. Kidding aside, to this day, they are very involved in the success of my business. My mom always provides advice in our corporate kitchen, which I am grateful for.