Paola Aranci, 43 year-old, from Monteverde in Rome, is the executive chef of Bill de Blasio, Mayor of New York, and his wife. She takes care of their daily nutrition combining it with their lifestyle while respecting the food and who produces it. She takes also care of the institutional dinners and events held in the residence.
Aranci started her training in hotel school in Fiuggi, followed by the culinary school of the University of Madrid, then she started as assistant of pastry chef master Giovanni Marvaldi and never skipped a summer season in kitchens of hotel restaurants. For one year she has also been the executive chef of Lazio’s sports club before deciding to move to California when she was 27. There she spent fifteen years working in catering and as private chef for wealthy VIP.
The job at Gracie Mansion comes after a first selection done by the Mayor’s staff, followed by the decisive dinner prepared for the mayor and his wife, Chirlane McCray, for which she prepared Italian and Asian dishes: from salad to the famous Tom Kha Thai soup, from spaghetti all’amatriciana to a fruit tart. All designed to enhance taste and speed of preparation while proving her ability with the traditional cuisine of other cultures. Good, elegant and fast, are the compliments immediately received by de Blasio.
“I think they chose me not only because I’m Italian but because I’m a solid person, a woman and mom. They asked me what I was expecting from this job and I told them that you would have given my best, but that my children are my priority.” She was hired at once.
According to Aranci: “The mayor and his wife are health enthusiasts, mindful of nutrition and physical fitness. They love simple, healthy, seasonal food, the southern Mediterranean cuisine dominate by fruits, vegetables and legumes. They do not admit any form of waste, pomp, or ostentation, and in choosing of suppliers we give priority to women and minorities.”
Ilona Catani Scarlett