2019 HOST CHEF
Chef Antonia Lofaso
Executive Chef & Restaurateur, DAMA, Scopa Italian Roots & Black Market Liquor Bar
Antonia Lofaso is a Chef, TV Personality, Cookbook Author and is the Executive Chef and Owner of Black Market Liquor Bar (Studio City, California), Scopa Italian Roots (Venice, California) and her newest concept, DAMA (Downtown Los Angeles, California), named as Downtown’s Most Exciting New Restaurant and Lounge by EATER LA and boasts “a menu of meticulously designed and executed dishes" that are “consistently good”(LA Times).
Her additional endeavors outside of the kitchen include Antonia Lofaso Catering and her chef wear line, CHEFLETICS, a lifestyle brand that creates the most fashion-forward, technology advanced, comfortable and beautifully designed culinary wear.
Throughout her career, Antonia has measured her success by her innate ability to understand her audience, while staying true to her own personality. She apprenticed under culinary legends and absorbed their sophisticated techniques, but was not afraid to take extraordinary risks to honor her instincts. After rising quickly through the ranks at Wolfgang Puck’s Spago, she went on to transform various high-profile kitchens of Los Angeles.
Antonia has quickly become one of America’s most beloved chefs and is best known for her roles on Top Chef, CNBC’s Restaurant Startup, Cutthroat Kitchen, Iron Chef America, Best Thing I Ever Ate and most recently, Food Network’s Guys Grocery Games.
Entrepreneur, Attorney, Real Estate Agent and Creator.
I am beyond honored and excited to emcee this year's American Cancer Society California Spirit Food & Wine Benefit. Cancer has touched my family from so many angles of loss, survival, treatment, and the fight- I lost my grandmother to pancreatic cancer when I was just 12 years old, my aunt is a survivor of ovarian cancer, my uncle is an oncologist specializing in breast cancer treatment, and another aunt is currently fighting breast cancer. I couldn't think of a more special way to show my support for the fight against cancer than to emcee this year's benefit. Thank you for the opportunity to give back and show my respect for all those who have been touched by cancer.