Leave it to Astoria to produce a self-taught cook worthy of garnering attention from celebrity chef Anthony Bourdain.
As of last week, one of the neighborhood’s most aspiring restaurateurs, Diane DiMeo, 46, earned a spot on ABC’s new show “The Taste” by joining the Bourdain team with her savory dish of cumin lamb with fig and scallions.
Though she was one of the more blunt contestants on the show, DiMeo said that her no-nonsense approach to operating in a male-dominated profession is the only way to be respected and “more like a man.”
“You have to be able to walk in and basically say ‘It’s my way or the highway,’” she said.
While we can’t wait to check out the seafood restaurant she plans to open in Astoria once the show is over, we just hope she can make it far enough in the season to really represent.
Astoria’s Diana DiMeo is a featured contestant on ABC’s “The taste.”