ICE alum Dianne Blancato is Chef of 123 Cuisine.

Dianne Blancato

Chef/Owner, 123 Cuisine
123 Cuisine
Winston-salem, NC


After spending nearly ten years as a professional in the public relations and editorial fields, Dianne's life-long love of food and cooking led her to attend culinary school. Since graduating from the Institute of Culinary Education, she's worked for catering companies in New York and North Carolina, started a personal chef business, and teaching cooking classes to people working to overcome health issues caused by poor eating habits.

The wide variety of food-related projects Dianne has worked on include editing and developing recipes for cookbooks, writing newsletters focused on food, and teaching people how to prepare and appreciate foods they may have never tried before. She also worked as a cook preparing meals for the set of a cable TV show, and as the grill chef for a Summer BBQ series on a local TV news show.

As Chef/Owner of 123 Cuisine, Dianne creates custom menus for clients, shops for ingredients, cooks and packages meals so her clients can have delicious, nutritious meals waiting for them at the end of the day. She has prepared meals for as few as two and as many as 250 people and enjoys developing cooking classes to teach people how to create satisfying meals using fresh, whole, unprocessed ingredients.


  • Institute of Culinary Education, Culinary Arts, 1997
  • Queens College, Media Studies, 1992

Work History

  • Chef/Owner, 123 Cuisine, 2007-Present
  • Public Relations & Communications Manager, Lowes Food, 1989-1995