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LeadingEdge Talk-with special guest Johnny Ciao

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Is it possible to live a life of your dreams, doing what you love surrounded by the people you most admire?  That's exactly what happened in the life of Culinary Rocker and Celebrity Chef Johnny Ciao.

Johnny Ciao did not get his start in the culinary world like most chefs who go to culinary school or work in restaurants, but by working behind the scenes in the entertainment industry.  Ciao always loved to cook for his clients and after producing a book and video called ‘Cooking With Country Music Stars’, that went on to sell close to 1,000,000 copies. It featured recipes from 36 top country music stars from Hank Williams Jr. to Dolly Parton.

In the mid-80′s, Johnny moved his operation from the east coast to the west coast (LA/SF). His second home in San Francisco is what led Johnny to becoming more involved with his passion for food when he met the late concert promoter Bill Graham who asked Johnny to create some of his Inventive Cuisine Treats for Bay Area luminaries at his yearly Bammy Awards Show. There Johnny came in contact with the Grateful Dead, Carlos Santana, Huey Lewis, Buddy Miles, Chris Isaac and many other music greats.

Johnny then received a phone call that changed his life forever. Pop Star/Music Icon Michael Jackson had collapsed on stage in the Far East while performing. He was weak due to a poor diet and improper eating habits. Johnny was hired to strengthen and change Michael’s diet. He proceeded to move into Neverland Ranch creating healthy, fun and Inventive foods for Michael and his many celebrity guests.

To learn more visit johnnyciao.com and be sure to embrace the flavor Johhny brings to life at Johnny Ciao's Koncert Kitchen, Universal Studios Hollywood.