Educated at the Cordon Bleu, my mom was my mentor she trained me all her life.
My passion for cooking is surpassed only by my love for fine art. The marriage of these two talents has only enhanced my skills in the conception and presentation of all my dishes.
A great meal is like a work of art. It should be pleasing to the eye, as well as the nose and palate.
I come from the Mediterranean world, where eating is the highlight of the day, to be looked forward to and enjoyed as in performing a sacred ritual.
-Constantly evaluating meals and food products to ensure that the highest quality standards are maintained.
-Cooking and serving attractive meals made to individual requirements.
-Demonstrating cooking techniques and the correct use of equipment to staff.
-Overseeing the work of the junior catering staff to ensure that all duties are carried out correctly.
-Involved in the recruiting and hiring of all kitchen staff.
-Carrying out regular temperature checks on fridges, freezers and food storage areas.
-Maintaining a safe kitchen area and hygienic working environment.
-Ensuring that the larder is well stocked and that adequate food supplies are always available.
-Create menu, management of kitchen staff; ordering and purchasing of inventory; and plating design.
Private Chef for Marta Kauffman, Television writer and Producer.
-Prepared healthy, fresh and seasonal organic food as per given schedule.
-Performed amicable with personal assistant of family to develop menus every week.
-Managed inventory, grocery purchase and placed wine orders.
-Prepared high-volume meals for social and professional gatherings held at private
-My daily duties included breakfast, lunch and all snack foods.
-I was also responsible for maintaining all food stocks in the house.
2021 Winner of Chopped Season 51 episode 1 on food Network
2018 won a photo contest as food stylist for the company https://www.oneida.com
2018 won a food photo contest 9th edition of The Taste of Award Food Photo Awards www.thetasteawards.com
2018 Won a cooking contest in San Diego Culinary Fight Club, in San Diego.
2017 Won food photo contest foodelia.us
2017 won a food photo contest 8th edition of The Taste of Award Food Photo Awards www.thetasteawards.com
2017 won a cooking competition for Barilla pasta Represent your Region
2016 start a Youtube channel: Kitchen 90210 by Barbara Pollastrini
2015 Contestant on Tv Show Cutthroat Kitchen (Food Network)
Owner of Barbyla’s Secret Dinner pop up restaurant www.kitchen90210.com
2011 Food stylist for the movie “The Hunger Game”
2011 Food stylist for the Tv series LUCK for HBO starring Dustin Hoffman
2011 Food stylist for the movie The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo starring Daniel Craig
2010 November, Food stylist assistant for the movie The Muppets starring Amy Adams.
2010 March Food stylist for commercial Wudy Aia in Italy for KOOK Agency
2007, food stylist assistant for Star Trek 2008 movie.
2007, food stylist assistant for “He’s Just Not That Into You” movie, with, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Aniston, Ben Afflek, Drew Barrymore.
2007, Food Stylist assistant for Food Network television – Chef for TV Show “Ultimate Recipe Showdown”
2004, wrote her own column: “In cucina da noi” (tr: In our kitchen) for the monthly magazine “La Cucina Italiana”.
2004 to 2006 wrote two cooking course books, one basic cooking course, and one pastry course.
2003 to 2005, consultant for the restaurant “Beef” in Rome, creating and enhancing the menu.
2002, she appeared on “Etruschi No Okurimono”: a television show about reproducing an Etruscan meal, for the Japanese TV network ‘T.B.S.’ (Tokyo Broadcasting System).
2002 to 2005, periodically appeared on the TV show “Questo l’ho Fatto Io”, on the ‘Gambero Rosso Channel’ network.
Basic general Cuisine, High Cuisine: Advanced International cooking, Pastry chef
Monographic Courses, ‘Cordon Bleu School’ in Rome:
Italian Christmas Dinner, Chocolate, Italian bread, focaccia and pizza, Handmade pasta, cakes, Fried cakes, Mediterranean Cuisine, Brioches & croissant, Easter meal, Seafood, Spoon Cakes, Casserole & pâtés, Artichokes, Cold Dinner
Diploma of “Cuisine Teacher”, ‘A.I.C.I.’ (Associazione Insegnanti Cucina Italiana) (tr: Italian Association of Cuisine Teachers)
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