Mario Martinoli, a professional chef with twenty-five years of experience in busy and successful restaurant kitchens, is the spokesperson and culinary consultant for Smart & Final, the smaller faster warehouse store for food, foodservice supplies and culinary equipment.
Chef Mario’s extensive food knowledge has been shared with his loyal audience of listeners on the airways in Southern California for over nine years.
In August 2005, he debuted the entertaining and informative “Mario Martinoli on Food & Dining” featurettes heard each day on KFWB News 980, L.A.’s first all-news radio station. The appetizing segments air daily in morning drive, the afternoon, and afternoon drive and are encored on the weekend.
Previously he hosted “The Mario Martinoli Restaurant Show” in which he chatted with the luminaries of the culinary world at his "Family Table" and resolved listeners challenging dining-out dilemmas for two hours each week on the radio.
He also was the on-air food-and-restaurant authority for TV station KCAL 9 News in Los Angeles. His entertaining and highly rated restaurant profiles, “The TV Diner,” were featured in prime-time KCAL 9 (and picked up at sister station CBS 2 News beginning in 2002). The chef also presented fast-moving daily featurettes on cooking, produce, wine appreciation and kitchen gadgets on KCAL’s “News at 2.”
Mario started his culinary career with a modest neighborhood cooking school in the Larchmont Village area of Los Angeles. The school became Mario's Cooking For Friends, a popular Hollywood Italian restaurant, cafe, deli and gathering spot on Beverly Boulevard.
He also was the official caterer for television shows including Seinfeld, Cheers, Wings and The Arsenio Hall Show.
Mario devotes significant time to community-based charities. He is proud to serve on the board of the Careers Through Culinary Arts Program, a nationally recognized effort that offers scholarships and apprenticeships in the culinary arts, and he hosts the project’s annual scholarship breakfast. For the past five years, Mario has been the celebrity emcee and auctioneer for the prestigious fundraiser “The Great Chefs of Orange County,” benefiting the National Kidney Foundation of Southern California and its program that allows children on dialysis to attend summer camp.