Frank Bonanno found his passion early, working in restaurants most of his life. After he graduated from the School of Finance at the University of Denver, Bonanno revisited that passion by earning a second degree at the Culinary Institute in Hyde Park, NY. “I had a great childhood,” says Bonanno. “Most of who I am today comes from the food I was fortunate enough to be exposed to at a very young age.” The aroma of pastries and pastas from his Sicilian grandmother permeated Bonanno’s New Jersey home, where he and his mother tried out old Julia Child recipes on the family. Weekends, his parents would take him to New York City, where they’d explore wildly diverse restaurants, and he honed not just an appreciation for amazing food, but service to match it. Bonanno’s award-winning restaurants reflect that upbringing.