10 Things You Didn't Know About Lidia Bastianich

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Since Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen first premiered in 1998, Lidia Bastianich has become an Emmy-winning chef and a household name. Lidia was born in Italy, and though she resides in the U.S. now, she's stuck to her Italian roots throughout her life and career. She's opened celebrated restaurants throughout the U.S., and thanks for her television series, multiple cookbooks and line of pastas and sauces, Lidia has helped generations learn the basics of Italian cooking.

Though you may know her in the kitchen, there are still some facts about Lidia that you probably aren't aware of. She shared with us one of the great moments in her culinary life, the career she thought she'd have when she was in school, her least favorite flavor to eat and more.

Check out the slideshow above to learn 10 things you didn't know about Lidia Bastianich. Then, discover how Lidia's business became a family affair, find out 8 of her favorite recipes and learn what she'd take with her to a deserted island!