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Luca Manfe from "MasterChef" is one of the top 19 contestants in Season 4 of the FOX reality cooking competition series. He is a 31-year-old restaurant manager from Astoria, New York. His lamb dish that earned her a spot in the "MasterChef" kitchen was Loin and Sweetbread Roulade with Eggplant, Two Ways.

Here is an interview with Luca Manfe:

Who is your primary cooking inspiration?

My primary cooking inspiration is my mother. I have memories of being in the kitchen with her since I was 8
Luca Manfe in "MasterChef"
Luca Manfe MasterChef
years old.

What are your favorite food blogs (besides your own)?

I don't read any food blogs. Usually I check out YouTube videos (especially Chef Ramsay's).

What is your favorite/least favorite dish to eat?

My favorite dish to eat is foie gras in any style. I don't really have a least favorite dish to eat. I eat everything, but I try to stay away from very spicy food.

What is your favorite/least favorite dish to cook?

My favorite dish to cook is risotto. My least favorite dish to cook is anything that needs to go in an oven like pies and cakes.

What is your favorite go-to dish to bring to a potluck?

My dish to bring to a potluck is braised beef short ribs with polenta.

What is your favorite/least favorite type of cuisine and why?

My favorite type of cuisine is Italian. My least favorite is Indian.

What travel destinations have you either been to or want to travel to for food inspiration?

The travel destination I am dying to go to for food inspiration is Paris and all over France.

What are your top 3 songs to cook to?

Music by Lulu and the Lampshades, "Haven't Met You Yet" by Michael Buble, and "Mezzogiorno" by Lorenzo Jovanotti.

Why did you want to be a contestant?

I wanted to be a contestant on "MasterChef" because I loved to watch the show and I thought I could perform great in it. Also I thought being on the show could have helped me to follow my dream of opening my own restaurant.

What is your favorite comfort food and why?

My favorite comfort food is "Tortellini in brodo," homemade veal tortellini in chicken broth. It's what we always had at my grandparents' house at Christmas. It brings back so many memories as a kid and great family time. Luckily, I can recreate it just the same and I make it for my wife and I during the holidays.

Pick 3 words that define what meals with friends and family mean to you.

Comfort, simplicity, happiness.




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LUCA MANFE (MASTERCHEF): FACTS

Where does Luca Manfe live? Find out here.

Age: ∼34 years old
Current Residence: Astoria, NY





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