October 5th, 2010
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5@5 is a daily, food-related list from chefs, writers, political pundits, musicians, actors, and all manner of opinionated people from around the globe.

Joey Campanaro wears many a hat - and apron. He's the chef and owner of the little owl, co-owner of Market Table and most recently, is the man behind the stove at Kenmare - all in New York City.

To Joey, the dictum, "behind every great man..." (or in this case, chef) "...there's a great woman," speaks volumes - and the following women are exactly why.

Five Women Who Have Inspired My Cooking: Joey Campanaro

1. Anita Lo
"She has her very own type of cuisine; she breaks boundaries and doesn’t follow trends. She sets her own rules and makes seasonally delicious food time after time. I mean: 'Veal Tenderloin and Sweetbread with Artichokes, Oyster and Black Truffle Sauces,' or 'Steak Tartare with Korean Chili,Yamaimo and Asian Pear.' Have you tried that?! You have to."

2. Rosie Bova
"My grandma. Cooking was how we bonded. Cooking was when she was at her most relaxed and when she able to offer me the best advice a grandma could offer about life, women, work and molding me into who I am today. My favorite dish she made was perciatelli with Sunday gravy. The meat in the gravy was meatballs (now offered at the little owl), Italian sausage, bracciole and pigs' feet or pork ribs."

3. Martha Stewart
"She’s a genius and an amazing woman. I won $10,000 on a Food Network Thanksgiving Challenge because I followed her advice on how to cook a turkey."

4. Gilda Doganiero
"She used to work with my brother Lou in a restaurant kitchen - and before that, they went to culinary school together. Now, she owns a biscotti company and makes the best cookies in the world! Check her out - and tell her Joey sent you."

5. Lidia Bastianich
"Lidia makes all the food that I love to eat - from fish, to meat, to vegetables, pasta and stews. The way she cooks reaffirms the way I want to cook."

You caught us. We lied - there are six. Consider it your complimentary digestif.

6. Anne Burrell
"She makes some of the best bucatini all'amatriciana in the world, and is one of the coolest people I’ve ever met. I love hanging out with her."

Are there any female chefs, whether familial or famous, that inspired you? Share in the comments.

Is there someone you'd like to see in the hot seat? Let us know in the comments below and if we agree, we'll do our best to chase 'em down.

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  1. robot chop

    my mother was born in calabria, italy and taught me a lot about food and life. i wish i had spent more time with her mother, learning the old ways and appreciating having a grandmother that was so culturially different than i (a spoiled american whelp). i have a friend in dc who is a pastry chef, who i think very highly of and is very easy on the eyes. and finally the girls i have dated, you have been my best critics, pushing me to challenge myself as i have advanced in my career.

    October 5, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Reply

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