Troy Gagliardo Bio – Chef and Media Personality
“As one of our most recognizable culinary personas, whose impact on our city’s cuisine scene is difficult to miss, Chef Troy has been voted as one of the Top Five Chefs in Charlotte, NC two years in a row!” -Creative Loafing 2013/2014, Charlotte’s number one weekly news/entertainment magazine
Chef Troy Gagliardo is a self-taught chef and former restaurateur that has parlayed his years of kitchen experience into many other culinary ventures, including designing and developing his all-grilled restaurant concepts, a proprietary spice line, cookbooks, commercials, food styling, cooking/restaurant columns, endorsements, cooking classes, and live appearances.
Chef Troy has appeared in national commercials with NASCAR legend Dale Earnhardt Jr. and joined him for his media tour day just days before Dale Jr. won his second Daytona 500 to start the 2014 NASCAR season. Most recently, Troy made two live appearances on the Fox Network in NYC on the Fox and Friends Weekend morning show, showcasing his twist on southern cuisine to a national audience.
For the past eight years, Chef Troy has appeared each week on Charlotte’s morning show WCCB News Rising for his “Troy’s Everyday Eats” live cooking segment. Filmed live each week at the WCCB Charlotte studios, Chef Troy teaches his unique style of food with a simple approach directed toward the home-cook/viewer.
His feature on News Rising began in August of 2007 and since has become the most-anticipated part of the show. During that time, Troy has prepared over one thousand of his creative original recipes live on-air and has made several cooking appearances on the nighttime show, WCCB News Edge.
Chef Troy teamed up with the Fresh Market as a sponsor for “Troy’s Everyday Eats” in April of 2011. Troy shops each week at the Fresh Market for the ingredients used on the show, and he says, “The Fresh Market sponsorship is something I have pursued for a long time. I love shopping at their markets because everything is always so fresh. They have a large variety of organic and sustainable food options. As a consumer and chef, I couldn’t ask for anything more.”
Chef Troy has also created and developed a feature food segment for WCCB Charlotte called “Chef Spotlight,” which features local area restaurants and their chefs. “Chef Spotlight” is filmed on location to showcase both the food and the atmosphere of each restaurant.
The Chef Troy spice line is available on his website, www.cheftroy.net, and in the Charlotte/Lake Norman area, including the Fresh Market. Troy states, “I designed the Spice Mix, which I call a home cook’s secret weapon, to be used literally on everything, and to use it exclusively at my restaurants. The Back Rub was designed specifically for pork barbecue and ribs, but I soon discovered its versatility by using it on steaks, seafood, vegetables, and wild game as well.”
Chef Troy’s new cookbook entitled Pseudo Southern – a playful twist on the art of southern cooking, is out now; for purchasing information visit www.cheftroy.net.
It has been endorsed by such celebrity chefs as Bravo TV’s Top Chef alum and best-selling author Fabio Viviani. Also by star of A Chef’s Life and chef/owner of Chef and the Farmer, Vivian Howard. Chef Fabio said of Pseudo Southern, “Southern food is my second home. It’s as close to my heart like Italy is, and that is why I love Troy’s recipes so much. They remind me of the childhood I would have had if I was born in the south.”
Chef Vivian had this to say, “Troy’s take on southern food is just left of center, fun, and refreshing. His recipes are approachable that even the most jaded cook will be intrigued to try.”
Chef Troy is also a freelance food writer for the Charlotte Observer and Examiner.com and lives in Mooresville, NC, with his wife of twenty-three years, Tracy, and their two daughters, Ally and Isabella. He can be seen every Tuesday morning from 7-9 am on WCCB News Rising.
ON THE WEB:
Visit Chef Troy’s website at ChefTroy.net
ON SOCIAL MEDIA:
Follow Chef Troy on Twitter @Chef_Troy
ON KROLL CALL:
May 29, 2015– Chef Troy will stop by to talk about his new cook book Pseudo Southern and summer barbeque and will share his tips on the art of southern cooking.
Kroll Call is a weekly, hourlong entertainment program that connects the audience to their favorite celebrities, offers advice and expertise on a wide-range of topics, and even lets the audience become part of the show. Kroll Call airs live every Friday at 6pm Eastern/3pm Pacific on krollcall.com and the VoiceAmerica Talk Radio Network. It is also available for free on-demand on iTunes, Stitcher, and krollcall.com.