Before being distracted by food, Cody Hogan was a classical pianist. While studying music in Germany as a Rotary scholar, Cody became interested in the culinary arts and found himself a few years later working at Chez Panisse. In 1998 he began to work with Lidia Bastianich, with whom he has worked for the past two decades. Cody was recently appointed General Manager of the restaurant, but also has the enviable position of being her traveling assistant, food stylist, and the studio chef for her Emmy-nominated television program in which he occasionally appears on camera. Cody has been extremely active in promoting great local farms and products in the Midwest. He teaches regularly at the Culinary Center of Kansas City and is an avid gardener.

the team

Lidia Bastianich

Lidia Bastianich: founder & president of Tavola Productions, an entertainment company that produces high-quality broadcast productions including Lidia’s Italy, an Emmy-nominated television series; one of the best-loved chefs on television, ...

Dan Swinney

Dan Swinney, Executive Chef at Lidia’s Restaurant in Kansas City traces his love for good cooking to the time he spent on his grandparents’ dairy farm in southern Missouri. There he ...

Danica Pollard

Danica Pollard is currently the executive pastry chef at Lidia’s Italy Kansas City, a position she has commanded since 2007. Her career began with completion of the culinary program at the Natural ...

Clinton Welby-Cooke

Hospitality Manager

Luis Zepeda

Service Manager