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Olivia Wilder

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Jeffrey Saad's "United Tastes of America"

After studying hotel and restaurant management at Iowa State, Jeffrey continued his studies at the C.I.A. in Hyde Park, New York, and the California Culinary Academy in San Francisco. Dedicating late nights to learning the ins and outs of the food business, he quickly gained experience working in the kitchens of several restaurants and bakeries. While interning with Anton Mosimann in London, Jeffrey spent early mornings working with the pastry chef learning how to prepare fine desserts and breads.

Returning to California, Jeffrey opened "Sweet Heat," which quickly became a hit, serving fresh and healthy Mexican-inspired fare. He opened two other restaurants before moving on to become partner in charge of operations at "Pasta Pomodoro" Italian restaurants, working to open the first dozen of the 40-plus in the chain.

Jeffrey's passion for food is matched by his passion for wine. With 20+ years experience with wines, he has completed the intermediate level at the highly-regarded WSET.

In 2009, Jeffrey was the first runner-up to winner Melissa D'Arabian, in season 5 of "The Next Food Network Star," following that up with hosting "The Spice Smuggler," for foodnetwork.com. "United Tastes of America," premiered on November 16th.