Donatella Arpaia

Iron Chef Judge & Restaurateur

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Why Did Donatella Arpaia Choose Lynx?

"My Lynx outdoor kitchen is beautiful, powerful and uses the latest technology. The Lynx All Trident grill cooks more evenly than any other grill and the made in America craftsmanship made it the only choice for me. There isn’t anything I can’t cook outside that I can inside. Our outdoor kitchen has become the heart of our home. It is perfect for entertaining and enjoying the beauty of the lake."

- Donatella Arpaia


Celebrity Chef, TV personality, restaurateur, and cookbook author, Donatella Arpaia, is best known for her role as head judge on Food Network’s Iron Chef America and the Next Iron Chef. She is a regular contributor to NBC’s The Today Show where she offers her culinary expertise and mouthwatering recipes. Arpaia’s distinctions include one of Crain’s “40 Under 40”, the “Hostess with the Mostest” by Zagat and one of the ‘Most Powerful Women in Manhattan” according to the New York Post.


As the child of first-generation Italian immigrants, Donatella Arpaia fondly remembers spending summers in Italy. These early years had a formative influence on young Arpaia and provided the foundation for her expertise in southern Italian cuisine.  After a very brief career as an attorney, Donatella decided she needed to follow her passion and opened her first restaurant. She then partnered with Chef David Burke to open David Burke & Donatella,  the duo’s immensely popular eatery. She returned to school, earning Le Grand Diplôme for Classic Culinary Arts at the French Culinary Institute and the Italian Culinary Academy.


Donatella furthered her expansion by teaming up with then-unknown chef Michael Psilakis as they opened a string of highly acclaimed restaurants such as Dona, Anthos, and Kefi in Manhattan as well as EOS in Miami.   These projects and more have collectively earned substantial praises, such as Michelin Stars, Five Diamond Awards, and James Beard nominations. Donatella is a two-time winner of the New York Food & Wine Festival’s Meatball Madness competition. She beat out major names in the culinary world.


In 2017, she opened up her first upscale quick service Pizza Concept, Prova Pizzabar in Grand Central Terminal and her second location in Moxy NYC with plans to expand the concept around the country. Donatella is a lifestyle brand, mom of three and wife to a world renowned heart surgeon, Dr. Allan Stewart.



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