It's absolutely no secret that my favorite Food Network celebrity is Paula Deen. Warm, funny, and homey -- I could look into her dancing blue eyes forever as she teaches me how to incorporate butter into almost everything under the sun. I love Deen's sincerity and infectious laugh.
I also have a crush on local restaurateur and cook (he doesn't like to be called chef), Steve Martorano. How could you not love a man that makes beautiful food, spins his own records, devotes his time to charity work, and takes you back to your New York and New Jersey roots?
At first you may not think that Steve Martorano, the colorful owner of Cafe Martorano and Martorano's Italian-American Kitchen at Seminole Hard Rock , and Paula Deen, the southern Food Network star would have anything in common.
But look deeper and you'll find that they actually followed a similar path in life that brought them to where they are now.