Chef Stephen Blandino is a Staten Island native with a passion for cooking. His food lineage dates back to his two Italian grandmothers where he would spend his time learning how to cook with them. Chef Stephen Blandino graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park. After graduating, he spent a year working under Charlie Palmer at Aureole in New York. Blandino moved to Las Vegas to work at Aureole Las Vegas and worked his way from line cook to Executive Sous Chef. In 2003, Blandino accepted an offer from Palmer to be the Executive Chef at Charlie Palmer Steak at the Four Seasons Las Vegas. Today, Blandino is the owner of Americana Las Vegas, a fine dining restaurant located on the lake in Desert Shores, near Summerlin.