Anna and AJ Rossi Bio

Fox TV's MasterChef Finalists

Anna and AJ Rossi are the first couple to qualify as finalists on Fox TV's MasterChef series, which auditioned 60,000 amateur cooks and narrowed the field to 100 for the show's third season in 2012. They both earned "Yes" votes from the show's three culinary star judges (Gordon Ramsay, Joe Bastianich and Graham Elliot). AJ won his for his Dirty Lobster and Anna for her White Clam Pizza and Bloody Caesar…the distinction earned them each a MasterChef Apron and a spot in the Top 36. AJ stayed in the competition through the final 24 chefs and Anna gained national prominence in the final 18, when her Molten Lava Cake received WOW reviews from MasterChef judge and restauranteur Joe Bastianich. Their wild ride in 2012 took them from Boston to LA and helped Anna launch her catering company and blog, both known as Brave Apron. 

Anna: The Kitchenista!
Anna hails from a small island in the Pacific Northwest, a short ferry ride from Seattle,WA. On a whim, she headed East for college and graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a BA in Sociology and Theater from the University of Vermont. She spent over two years abroad studying in Denmark, France, Italy and Spain. One of her most unique experiences and greatest accomplishments was walking over 750 miles on a solo trek across France and Spain on el Camino de Santiago.  It was along this dusty path that she had her first whole roasted trout, sipped from a fountain of wine and discovered her love of flan.
Anna’s favorite souvenir is a new recipe and considers FOOD to be her “hub.”  Not only does she see food as a vehicle for health and nourishment, but also as a form of self expression and motivation to build community, entertain, imagine and (most importantly) dress up!  Brave Apron celebrates all things bold, tasty and whole!
Anna lives in Boston with her husband, AJ, who she met in 2006 at Diasy Buchanan's on Newbury Street in Boston and now live in Boston's Back Bay.

AJ: Her Better Half!
AJ was born and raised in Connecticut. Growing up in a big Italian family while spending summers along the shore, AJ developed a deeply rooted passion for seafood and cooking. A jack of all trades, AJ has a background in genetics, cancer research, technology and publishing. He has a gift for business development and the Midas touch when it comes to start-ups.  However, like Anna, AJ’s most thought-provoking part of his day is, “Hey, what’s for dinner?” AJ and Anna share a true passion for cooking and love sourcing ingredients and celebrating New England’s unique culinary identity.  AJ’s “School of Shucking” taught Anna how to perfectly open both clams and oysters, how to steam the perfect lobster and has wowed her with his spear fishing abilities – she had her doubts but now will expect a fresh fish for dinner whenever he puts on his wet suit!  

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