Host Ralph Pagano
In his two-decade career as a chef and restaurateur, Ralph Pagano has delighted New Yorkers and Floridians alike with his unique interpretations of world flavors.
His creativity in the kitchen, attention to detail, effervescent personality, delicate touch and keen sense of taste make him a culinary master that keeps people coming back for more.
Currently, he is Executive Chef and Director of Hospitality of the Solé on the Ocean Resort and Spa in Sunny Isles, FL, which includes his signature seaside Italian restaurant, ALBA.
Pagano is also no stranger to cooking shows. Some of his television appearances include battling Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America, going to hell and back with Gordon Ramsay on Hell’s Kitchen and hosting his own show, Pressure Cook, on the Travel Channel.
Combined with over two decade’s worth of experience and a signature cooking style of taking classic dishes and re-mixing them, Pagano is the perfect fit for All Mixed Up™.
As the dynamic host, Pagano will coach and challenge the contestants of All Mixed Up while they race against the clock to prepare their dishes. He may even throw a few extra challenges their way to see if they can handle the heat in his kitchen – because that’s how he rolls.
Season 6 Chefs
A natural competitor, Kimberly played professional football for both her home country, Dominica, and the British Virgin Islands before moving to New York to get her Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts. There, she entered an American Culinary Federation competition and took silver.
Now, she is looking forward to introducing the All Mixed Up judges to Caribbean flavors that they may not have encountered before. While she says she was “born ready” for this competition, she admits that the one dish that could trip her up isn’t one you’d expect – macaroni and cheese!
Brian hails from New Orleans, where he says the biggest influence was the pride people took in their cooking. Unlike many restaurant chains today that try to rush our meals, Brian’s favorite recipes are the ones that take all day to prepare, bringing together friends and family in the process.
A former member of the military, Brian also recognizes the importance of timeliness, cleanliness and situational awareness. He is excited to demonstrate both sides of his skill set during All Mixed Up, and only worries about encountering an ingredient he’s not familiar with.
Emma is the only pastry chef in the group of contestants, but she sees this as a huge advantage. Growing up in a family full of chefs, she was raised with the opinion that baking is a career while culinary cooking is simply a hobby. The only challenge she is wary of is having to butcher a chicken or fish, as she is easily grossed out by blood and guts.
In her free time, Emma enjoys dancing and playing with her puppy, RJ. In the future, she hopes to open her own bakery that incorporates alcohol into the pastries.
She may be the youngest contestant, but that doesn’t intimidate Shempiagne. She grew up cooking for six brothers and sisters, and started working in a country club kitchen when she was just 15 years old. This early exposure has not left her jaded, but rather, more driven and inspired.
Shempiagne says she still loves the way food brings people together and makes them happy. In the future, she hopes to own her own southern comfort food bistro, where she can serve lunch during the day, and return home in the evenings to spend time with her family.
Born and raised in rural Ukraine, Alexander grew up with a farm-to-table mentality, eating and cooking with organic ingredients long before it was a thing. That’s not to say that everything he makes is healthy though! In fact, his favorite dish to prepare is seafood with lots, and lots and lots of butter.
As a contestant on All Mixed Up, Alexander is looking forward to letting the world know, once and for all, that crepes are Ukranian, not French! After that, he can focus on winning, so he can send his mom on a vacation to thank her for all that she’s done for him.
A native New Yorker from Cuban decent, Leda originally started cooking because she wanted to set a good example for her son. At the time, she was trapped in a corporate job where she wasn’t feeling fulfilled, and realized that the best way to teach him to follow his dreams, was to follow her own.
Now, with her son looking on, Leda plans to win All Mixed Up to prove that no matter how old you are, if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.
Eric Schlossberg – Professional Chef
A native Floridian, born in North Miami Beach, Eric Schlossberg is the current Executive Chef of Fit Food Fresh, and owner of Allure Catering and Events. He is also currently a culinary arts teacher at Olympic Heights Community High School in Boca Raton, FL and a culinary instructor at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. He graduated with a culinary degree from Johnson and Wales University and a Hospitality degree from Florida International University.
A chef, culinary educator and the owner of her own catering company, Dee is just as ambitious in the business world as she is in her kitchen.
Known for delicious international dishes and inspired presentations, Dee brings a spirit of culinary adventure to the South Florida food scene. Whether its spicy dishes from her adventures in India, or unique wine pairings from her travels to Oregon Wine Country, clients of Lennox Catering experience the world through Dee, one bite at a time! The versatile company, which she’s owned since 2001, serves South Florida’s tri-county area, catering a variety of events, from elegant dinners and corporate luncheons, to birthday bashes and family reunions.
Her rising popularity is further fueled by her passion for teaching and endearing personality. Dee teaches “Culinary Fundamentals” classes in Fort Lauderdale, and has hosted cooking demonstrations at Williams-Sonoma, Macy’s, and ABC Fine Wine. She regularly joins Lifetime® Television’s “The Balancing Act” as a guest chef, and has appeared on NBC’s South Florida Today Show.
Additional promotional credits include George Foreman Grills, Chicken of the Sea, Nutrioli’s Soybean Oil, Bien Padre’s Green Tea Oil, and Glory Foods’ Sensibly Seasoned line.
Mr. Schiering works for PDI, Inc., the leading infection-prevention company in the world. He runs their food safety division, working with world-class foodservice customers including Starbucks®, Chick-fil-A®, P.F. Chang’s & TGIFridays®.
Schiering holds a B.S. from the prestigious Cornell University School of Hotel Administration and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas (El Paso), but he has been a foodie his entire life. He started working in restaurants at the age of 16 and has held every position imaginable, from dishwasher to banquet manager. He continues to delight friends and family with his own culinary creations, but is happiest when using his outdoor grill for monthly “fajita nights” or his stovetop griddle to whip up pancake creations for his wife and two kids.