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Tony Balestreri Bio, Age, Family, Married, Food Stars

Tony Balestreri is one of the chefs and entrepreneurs competing on Gordon Ramsay’s Food Stars. The stake is high as always but the premise is different in this culinary competition. While you enjoy the cook-off, get to know him better with this article here.

This bio is all about his age, family, marriage, and more.

Tony Balestreri On Gordon Ramsay’s Food Stars

Instead of a cookery program, Gordon Ramsay’s Food Stars is a hunt for the next great food and beverage sector entrepreneur.

The celebrity chef spoke to regarding the show and added, “This is like nothing I have ever done before. I’ve handpicked some of the most promising culinary innovators to compete for not only an investment but my partnership in business. They will have to hustle through tough challenges, break through, set themselves apart from the other competition, and make noise to prove they have what it takes to be successful.”

One such competitor who believes that he has what it takes to become an entrepreneur is Tony Balestreri. According to his bio, he is the Chef/Pitmaster & Founder/CEO of Tony B’s Steak Chips. He has to outdo the other fourteen competitors who are bringing their culinary skills to the show.

The line-up of competitors for the cook-of for the investment opportunity of $250K includes Aaron Valentine, Ashley Davies, Caroline D’Amore, Chanel Goodson, Chris Kanik, Elisa Strauss, Jake Aronskind, Jourdan Higgs, Kagen Cox, Lan Ho, Luther Chen, Megan Meza, Queen Precious-Jewel Zabriskie, and Sydney Webb.

Teams of competitors were given the task of building a snack shack on the beach after being separated into groups. Finally, the team that had the most valuable shed was spared from the elimination phase.

After the premiere of the show, three chefs and business owners said goodbye to their dream to have Gordon as their business partner. The contestants who went home are Kagen (on the premiere day), Elisa (ep. 2), and Jake. Other than them, contestant Chanel left the competition for personal reasons.

Whereas, Jourdan also left as his business needed him back.

In the third week, there are now two teams with eleven contestants remaining,

  • Yellow Team: Ashley, Lan, Queen, Jake, Chris, and Tony
  • Blue Team:  Sydney, Caroline, Luther, Megan, and Aaron

Tony Balestreri Career

Tony Balestreri enjoys cooking over a live fire and eating meat. He has devoted his life to improving the meat-eating experience, from winning whole hog smoking competitions to making specialty sausages.

Tony relocated to Chicago in 2011 and enrolled in Le Cordon Bleu in culinary arts in 2012. He participated in the opening of Red Door in Chicago’s Bucktown district while still in school. He was hired and given the position of sous chef within a year, and he kept accepting new responsibilities to broaden his experience and creativity.

After leaving Red Door, he went on to oversee the new dim sum and brunch program at the highly regarded restaurant Fat Rice. He was inspired to specialize in diverse Asian cuisines and the art of cooking, smoking, and grilling meats with an Asian flair during his time at Fat Rice.

Before accepting the role of sous chef and director of the meat smoking program at Kimski, he worked for a brief period at Goose Island to assist a friend who was the head chef in the catering industry. a hybrid Korean-Polish eatery. The restaurant’s independence and creativity allowed him to routinely experiment with new smoking techniques for standard menu items, specialized products, and special events.

He also worked as the Head Chef at Marz Community Brewing — a newly opened Taproom & kitchen on Chicago’s southside. Starting in 2020, Tony has been employed as Chief Executive Officer at Tony Bs Steak Chips.

Tony received Culinary Arts/Chef Training at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, Chicago. He completed his diploma education at Dominican HS.

Is Tony Balestreri Married?

There isn’t much detail about Tony Balestreri’s marriage and relationship but based on his FB, we believe that he is single. He is not very active on social media and hence hasn’t shared any details about his dating life.

Tony Balestreri Age

As of June 2023, Tony Balestreri is 36 years old. He was born in 1987.

Tony Balestreri Family

Tony Balestreri was born to his parents Barbara and Lawrence Balestreri.

Barbara is 68 years old and Lawrence turned 62 in July 2022.

According to Barb’s FB, they were married to each other on 30 November 1984. However, Larry stated on his Facebook that they he is single hinting at the end of their marriage.

More about Barb, she works at U S Bank. As for their father, Larry works at the city of Milwaukee Dpw. He attended the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

Tony has at least two siblings; 37-year-old Christina Balestreri and 32-year-old Peter Balestreri.

Christina is working as Physical Therapist (PT) at UT Southwestern Medical Center since October 2022. She studied Child Psychology at the University of Minnesota and received her doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.

Peter, Tony’s brother, was a former Crew member at Full Service Car Wash. He studied Criminal justice ethics at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

Is Tony Balestreri On Instagram?

No, Tony Balestreri is not on Instagram. However, you can find him on Facebook (@tony.b.334).

Related FAQs

  • How Tall Is Tony Balestreri?

Tony Balestreri’s height is above 5 feet 10 inches.

  • When Is Tony Balestreri Birthday?

Tony Balestreri celebrates his birthday in March.

  • Where Is Tony Balestreri From?

Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Tony Balestreri is residing in Chicago, Illinois.

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