Before being distracted by food, Lidia’s Executive Chef 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 takes a return to the back of the house as Executive Chef after being appointed General Manager of the restaurant in 2017. Hogan also has the enviable position of being Lidia’s 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 is an Emmy award-winning public television host, a best‐selling cookbook author with a dozen books published to date, a successful restaurateur, and owner of a flourishing food and entertainment business. Most…

Tanya Bastianich Manuali, PhD

Tanya Bastianich Manuali’s visits to Italy as a child sparked her passion for the country’s art and culture. She dedicated herself to the study of Italian Renaissance art during her college years…

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…

Daniel Nutty

Raised in the rural County of Amelia, Virginia, Lidia’s Chef de Cuisine Daniel Nutty’s chores included everything from hunting deer and rabbits to raising beagles, collecting chickens, and collecting their eggs. ‘Cooking…