Chow Masters

Meet the Hosts of Chow Masters

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Sam DeMarco
Acclaimed Chef
Chef Sam DeMarco (aka Sammy D) is a Brooklyn boy who has been on the restaurant scene for more than 30 years making a name for himself as a leader in modern and casual American cuisine. Sammy became well-known as the “Chef to the Chefs” in the late 90s at his inaugural restaurant venture -- First -- an East Village late-night hideaway where the culinary elite often kicked back after a long day. Open for nearly a decade, First was praised by global and national food media including The New York Times. Known as the “King of Casual,” Sammy’s eclectic late-night menu gave way to several beloved “Sammy D” classics, including Lollipop Wings, Mini-Burgers and Tiny Tinis.

After making his mark on the Las Vegas strip over the past several years, this New York native is keeping one foot in Sin City and the other back on the East Coast with his juiced up monster of a diner on the Jersey Shore. His restaurant concept Sammy D’s, a retro coffee shop serving up unique twists on East Coast classics, opened in December 2011 at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City in partnership with Stephen Hanson’s BR Guest Hospitality. Sammy has also opened 2 gastropubs called The Merrywell in Australia -- in both Melbourne and Perth -- with Chef Grant MacPherson. They hold the title of “Best Burger in Australia.” Chef Sammy D recently launched his company, Ingredient Group, a pioneer in food lifestyle companies.

You can follow Sammy on Twitter at @ChefSammyD.
Frank Coraci
Film Director, Writer, Producer, Actor and TV Host
Frank Coraci was born and raised in New York and graduated with a BFA in film from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. His feature film directing credits include “The Wedding Singer,” “The Waterboy,” “Around the World in 80 Days,” “Click,” “Zookeeper,” “Here Comes the Boom” and most recently, “Blended.”

A lover of world travel, upon graduating NYU, Frank put on a backpack and traveled for 4 months throughout Western Europe. Soon after he returned, he was fortunate to begin his career directing travel documentaries for Globus World Tours. His travels allowed him to explore over 40 countries and film such landmarks as the Great Wall of China, the Great Barrier Reef and the Galapagos Islands. He’s also directed movies and commercials on location in the UK, Germany, France, Russia and Thailand.

Frank will continue to journey the world making movies and searching for great culinary delights. He hopes to one day make it to Outer Space. Until then, he’ll continue to direct and write movies and eat the best comfort food here on Earth.

You can follow Frank on Twitter at @FrankoSpanko737.

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