Airing on Cooking Channel on November 5 at 9:30PM ET

From Italy, with Love is a lifestyle contest show where you will be immersed in the Italian culture, learn to cook, sip wine, and dress like an Italian. Francesco Zonin, the host, will give three contestants who have demonstrated a passion for the Italian lifestyle an opportunity of a lifetime, to be whisked away to Italy to compete in food & wine competitions for a chance to start their own Italian business back in the USA. An authentic Italian family will host, guide and give you tips throughout the competition. You will have to demonstrate that real Italian cuisine is truly simple, authentic, cost effective and most importantly nutritional.

There will be three judges; Francesco Zonin, a celebrity chef, and a Michelin star chef who will judge the contestants. At the end of the season, the judges will choose the true Italian. He or she will receive a check from the Zonin family to turn their dream into reality!



Step 1: Make a video! Profess your love for Italy!
Step 2: Completely fill our the online application and upload your video here.
Step 3: We’ll email you if we want to move forward in the casting process with you.


Be.  Creative.

Be.  Cool.

Be.  You.



What makes a great video?
Here are some tips to think about when making your video:

  • Videos should be no longer than 1–minute in length.
  • Be yourself!  We want to get to know who you are as a person, and who you are.
  • Tell us about yourself and why do you love all things Italian. We love a good story!
  • We’re looking for real people and we want to see the real you.
  • Camera Tips – Your video will be shown on a TV.  Please shoot your video like you would see it on a TV.  Please shoot landscape (horizontal) and not portrait (vertical) style… and yes, you can use your smartphone.
  • Size and Format – Please ensure your video is less than 30MB and in one of the following file formats: mpg, mpeg, flv, avi,
 mp4, mov, 3gp, wmv, mv4.
What is the minimum age requirement?

Applicants must be 21 years or older.

Do I need to be a US Citizen?

YES. All applicants must be US citizens with a valid US passport and valid US driver’s license.

When will I find out if I make it to the next round of casting?

We are casting the show May 1-17, 2014, and it will air October 2014.

Will I be contacted regardless of whether or not I make it to the next round?

Due to the large amount of submissions, we are unable to contact each person individually.

When will you be filming the show?

The filming dates for the show we are casting are June 6-21, 2014.

I am not able to upload my video, are there any special requirements to do so?

Please ensure your video is less than 30MB and in one of the following file formats: mpg, mpeg, flv, avi,mp4, mov, 3gp, wmv, mv4.

What will happen if I am selected?

You will receive a call, upon which we will schedule a visit to your hometown, and let you when it’s time to pack your bags and embark on a trip of a lifetime!

What do I get if I win the contest?

As a winner of the contest, you will receive a $10,000 to turn your dream into reality.  The second place winner will win $3,000.


You must be 21 years old to enter.

Please verify your age