Alyssa Campanella Bio

Contestant Alyssa Campanella as seen on Food Network's Rachael Vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook Off Season 1

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Contestant Alyssa Campanella as seen on Food Network's Rachael Vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook Off Season 1

Alyssa Campanella was a celebrity contestant on Season 1, Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off. Alyssa, a fiery redhead who is a former Miss USA, won her crown on June 19, 2011 at the 2011 Miss USA Pageant at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Alyssa was raised in Manalapan, N.J., and at the age of 6 caught the acting bug when she landed a role in a theater show titled The Night We Were Trapped at FAO Schwarz. This role, along with living so close to Manhattan, sparked her interest in modeling and the entertainment industry. Active in school plays and dedicated to her studies, she graduated with honors from Freehold Township High School a year early after receiving a scholarship to the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts in Manhattan, where she trained in acting for film and television.

In 2006, Alyssa decided to give pageants a try and was crowned Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2007. She went on to represent New Jersey at the 2007 Miss Teen USA Pageant, placing 1st runner-up. The title of Miss New Jersey Teen USA was rewarding for Alyssa because the exposure helped launch her modeling career. She has modeled for numerous fashion designers, for major retail stores and for book covers for romance and thriller novels; and she was featured on a movie poster for Get Him to the Greek.

In May 2010, Alyssa moved to Los Angeles to continue her pursuit of an acting and modeling career. She decided to compete in the 2011 Miss California USA Pageant and won the crown on November 21, 2010. During her tenure as Miss California USA, she continued her career in the entertainment industry but also took time out to volunteer with organizations including UNICEF, Ronald McDonald House and Go Red for Women. As Miss USA, Alyssa served as a spokeswoman for breast and ovarian cancer education, research and legislation — a platform that is close to her heart since it has personally affected a member of her family. She traveled nationwide as an advocate for organizations such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Gilda’s Club, and she supported the troops through involvement with the USO.

Charity: Susan G. Komen for the Cure

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Ask Chef Marc Murphy where he grew up and he'll fire off a list of cosmopolitan destinations — Milan, Paris, Villefranche, Washington, D.C., Rome and Genoa — "and that's before I turned 12," he’ll explain. This dizzying list of hometowns served as an excellent education in French and Italian cuisine, though as a teenager this was not his first passion. When the reality hit that he didn't have the funds to become a professional racecar driver, Marc followed his brother to the Institute of Culinary Education. After graduation he apprenticed at restaurants in France and Italy before returning to New York, where he landed a job as a line cook at Terrance Brennan's Prix Fixe. He stayed there for almost two years, working his way through every station in the kitchen and forging a professional bond with Brennan’s Sous Chefs Joseph Fortunato and David Pasternak. Eager to return to Europe, Marc flew to Paris and landed a position at the one-star Le Miraville, where he stayed for one-and-a-half years. Afterward, he staged at the famed Louis XV in Monte Carlo, where Executive Chef Alain Ducasse was so impressed with Marc's skills that he personally made arrangements for him to work with Sylvain Portay at Le Cirque once he returned to the States. Marc still considers Portay to be his greatest teacher. "Sylvain was above all concerned with coaxing out the most-vibrant, interesting flavors any ingredient had to offer, yet he insisted on minimal manipulation," he recalls. Following Le Cirque, Fortunato tapped him to work as a sous chef at Layla, Drew Nieporent's Middle Eastern fantasy in Tribeca, where he met consultant Georges Masraff. When Masraff joined forces to open Cellar in the Sky at Windows on the World, he recruited Marc to serve as executive chef. After receiving critical acclaim, including a two-star review from The New York Times, Marc headed uptown to serve as executive chef of La Fourchette, where NYT critic Ruth Reichl awarded him another glowing two-star review, citing his "open desire to transform food [so that] in his hands, even a simple green salad ... looks like a ruffled hat in a painting by Renoir." In March 2004 Marc opened his first solo enterprise with Landmarc [Tribeca], which won rave reviews both for its eclectic French and Italian menu as well as its highly untraditional wine list. Following its success, Marc opened Ditch Plains in the West Village in 2006 serving casual, beach-style cuisine such as lobster rolls, fish tacos and the infamous ditch dog, as well as other comfort food favorites. In 2007 Marc was given the opportunity to open another Landmarc restaurant in the pres­tigious Time Warner Center, where he brought his bistro-style cuisine midtown. In October 2013 Marc opened Kingside at the Viceroy New York hotel on New York's iconic West 57th Street, serving his interpretation of New American cuisine. Marc's restaurants now fall under the Benchmarc Restaurants by Marc Murphy name, where he acts as executive chef and owner. In addition to the restaurants, Marc also heads up the company's catering division, Benchmarc Events by Marc Murphy, where his signature style of accessible contemporary cuisine transcends the boundaries of what is offered in his restaurant locations. Today Marc's involvement in the industry moves beyond the restaurants as well, with a regular role as a judge on Food Network's top-rated hit Chopped as well as appearances on other hit series such as Guy's Grocery Games, Beat Bobby Flay and Worst Cooks in America. Marc also appears on The Rachael Ray Show and The Today Show, among others. He is the president of the Manhattan chapter of the New York State Restaurant Association, a board member of City Harvest, Culintro and Passport NYC at the 92nd Street Y Culinary Camp, as well as a member of the Food + Finance High School's Industry Advisory Board, a member of the Leadership Council for Share our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign and the national spokesperson for Share Our Strength's Dine Out For No Kid Hungry. In 2012 Marc joined the U.S. Department of State's Diplomatic Culinary Partnership, where he takes part in public diplomacy programs that engage foreign audiences abroad as well as those visiting the United States. Marc's debut cookbook, Season with Authority: Confident Home Cooking, was released by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in April 2015.

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