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Chef Rick Tarantino, MS


Chef Rick Tarantino, MS
Chef Rick Tarantino or “Chef Rick” as he’s known in the media is both a professional chef and media personality. He has a BS degree from UMASS Amherst for the college of Food Science and Nutrition and a Master of Science from the prestigious Johnson & Wales University, where he had a 10-year career as both and executive and professor. He has been a member of the American Culinary Federation for over 25 years. He began his career on TV after befriending and training the Guinness book of world records youngest chef, Justin Miller, the two appeared on every major talk show and news station across the country from The Food Network to Good Morning America. 
Currently he is co-owner of City Beef Company, a 61-year-old USDA meat facility located just two blocks from the New Jersey State Capital in Trenton.  In addition, he is President of Tarantino Food Group, LLC, and the Director of Research & Development for Rastelli Foods Group, one of the largest proteins and culinary solutions providers in the USA.  Chef Rick specializes in the commercialization, production conversions and recipe research & development, of direct to consumer foods and kitchen appliance testing for industry leaders.
Chef Rick is sought after to work on new products for Many Celebrity Brands, QVC, NBC Shark Tank, Home Shopping Network, and many commercial products you eat every day. You might even catch him on TV commercials as a celebrity chef for Hood Cottage Cheese and Heluva Good Dip & Cheese or if you’re up late you may have seen him pitching, you on an infomercial.  His Culinary clients include national brands such as Crockpot, HP Hood, Rastelli Foods, FlavorSeal, Thin n Trim meats, Baileys Coffee Creamers, All Clad kitchen products, Bialetti Italian Cookware and FlavorStone Cookware. He has appeared for over 10 years at the prestigious International Housewares Association show in Chicago on the Main Culinary Stage.
Chef Rick appears can be seen selling food and kitchen products on QVC in the USA and London England, TVSN Australia, and Shopping Channel Canada.  He hosted The Chef’s Table with Rick Tarantino, on NBC’s affiliate station ShopNBC.  He is also on the editorial board and writes insights and reviews for Frozen & Refrigerated Buyer, a leading frozen and refrigerated foods trade magazine for the supermarket industry and is a founding member of Food Service Industry Serving Hero’s, a non-profit foundation serving Veterans and Active Military.   Often seen on many culinary tours cooking in supermarkets chains and trade shows across the country for Supermarkets like Hannaford’s or Promoting National brands like Dietz & Watson meats.  Appearing with celebrity guest like the Discovery Channels Deadliest Catch Star Andy Hillstrand of the Time Bandit and most recently on the hit show “The Profit “with Marcus Lemonis.
Over the years Chef Rick has worked with culinary giants like the late Julia Child and his good friend and inspiration Emeril Lagasse. He has received media training from New Product Launch Specialist & PR agency Schneider & Associates in Boston, MA. and Allen & Gerristen Brand Promotions in Boston, MA. along with many more. When is not in the test kitchen or on TV, Rick has strong family centered values and spends all the time he can with family. Together with his wife they have two sons and three daughters and of course spend quality time cooking in the kitchen and sharing his love for food and people...

Partnerships


Tarantino Food Group, LLC

Tarantino Food Group, LLC. has been developing innovative kitchen products and new food concepts for over 25 years. Many National Food Companies, Restaurant Chains, Retailers and Celebrity Chefs have reached out to TFG to bring new culinary ideas to life

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City Beef Company, Inc

City Beef Company is a 65 year old meat processor located in historic Trenton, New Jersey the states Capital. Serving iconic institutions like Princeton University, with top quality meat and poultry custom cut fresh daily.

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Rastelli Food Group

The Rastelli name is synonymous with quality meats and seafood. A global leader supplying companies both in the USA and internationally. Chef Rick has teamed up with Rastelli Foods to lead their Culinary Research & Development efforts.

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Contact


  • 246 North Willow Street, Trenton, NJ, USA

A Sample of Whats Cooking


Chef Rick Aeternum Cookware by Bialetti

Chef Rick Aeternum Cookware by Bialetti

Watch Chef Rick in this successful Infomercial for Aeternum Cookware by Bialetti

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Friends In Service of Heros

Friends In Service of Heros

Chef Rick has a Passion for serving those who have served us. Check out one of the many Hero Dinner sponsored by the FISH Foundation, where he is a co-founder

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Old Neighborhood Foods Thin N Trim Products

Old Neighborhood Foods Thin N Trim Products

Television Celebrity Chef Rick Tarantino has teamed up with us at Old Neighborhood Foods to develop great tasting new recipes for our products and collaborate with us on developing new flavors for a series of healthy, low salt, low fat chicken sausages.

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Hood Cottage Cheese

Hood Cottage Cheese

Chef Rick Launches new Television Campaign for Hood Cottage Cheese HP HOOD LAUNCHES NEW CAMPAIGN PROMOTING THE MANY HEALTH BENEFITS OF HOOD COTTAGE CHEESE. Hood Dairy Cook Off is Born and Chef Rick Clones the Saying " Always Hood, Always Good !"

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Flavor Stone Cookware

Flavor Stone Cookware

The possibilities with the FlavorStone InfusionGrillâ„¢ Kitchen System are limited only by your imagination! Food Styling, Photography & Recipe Development by Chef Rick Tarantino www.chefricktarantino.com

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