When you learn the art of sausage stuffing and mozzarella shaping at a young age, it must mean that you’re cut out for a life as a Chef. He has been a professional chef for almost 20 years. Chef Richard has been learning and perfecting his cooking skills since he was a child.
His first kitchen job, at the age of 5, was to take freshly made ravioli from the kitchen to lay them out to dry on a white sheet on the bed, the largest flat surface in the house. He graduated to working Saturdays at Uncle Mario’s Italian Deli in the Bronx, New York City.
In 1988 Chef Richard began his professional cooking career by creating portion-controlled entrees for patients needing to control their eating habits due to medical problems. This led to his taking over the production of the Bristol 300 line of low calorie products for Bristol Farms Stores. For over 5 years he supplied Trader Joe’s stores with fresh Italian entrees.
Chef Lombardi has created a “New Italian American Cuisine,” as influenced by his mother Mama Rose, his aunts uncles and grandparents. “Quick, Easy and Delicious” describes the “New Cuisine” and Chef Richard takes the mystery and hard work out of preparing great food for you and your guests.
Chef Richard and his wife, Elaine, owned and operated Mama Rose Restaurant, in California, for 10 years. During that time the restaurant and Chef Richard received many awards for excellence. They were celebrated in newspapers, magazines and on radio and television for the extraordinary dining experience Mama Rose offered.
Chef Richard was heard on radio as part of “The Filippo and the Chef Show” and seen around the country performing the stage version of “The Filippo and the Chef Show” featuring celebrity chefs.
Chef Richard has written numerous articles for food publications and “The Mama Rose Cook Book” containing recipes from Mama Rose Restaurant. After his bout with CANCER he created a non-profit organization “The Cancer Fighting Chef”. He is useing his cooking experience along with his experiences as a cancer patient, to create tasty recipes that contain ingredients that fight cancer. The web site www.thecancerfightingchef.com is the place to find these recipes and also find information about all cancers. Resources to other web locations where unlimited cancer information is available will be prominent. Many chefs around the world have visited that site and asked Chef Richard “How they can help?” An affiliated organization was formed called Cancer Fighting Chefs, International and Chef Richard’s effort is now a world wide effort by thousands of chefs who have become advocates in the fight to prevent CANCER