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Lidia Bastianich has been described as the reigning queen of Italian cuisine in America. She is the host of cooking shows on PBS, including Lidia's Italy, a new 26-episode series[…]

Passion and dedication.

Question: What makes a great chef?

Lidia Bastianich:  I think what makes a great chef, first and foremost, is passion. Secondly, dedication. Thirdly, education. Fourthly, practice and being mentored by the right people. And I think an important element to really round the chef – make it complete – is the travel. The travel to understand different cultures and their different food cultures.