Out of the Frying Pan and into the Kitchen

Emmy-winning news videographer Gioacchino “Jack” Taliercio was fleeing the World Trade Center on 9/11 when he decided it was time to switch ca­reers.

Taliercio’s father had run La Stella, a popular restaurant in Queens, and grown his own food — first in the United States and then in Italy where the family lived until Taliercio was ten. In October 2001, Taliercio and two of his brothers successfully revived La Stella. When they sold it two years later, Taliercio returned to video production with clients that included the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, Bloomberg News and the Italian television network RAI.

“Still, I kept reading about the relationship of food and nutrition to the environment,” he says. “I wanted to formalize my education.”

At TC, where he earned his master’s of science in nutrition education and studied to become a registered dietitian, Taliercio took classes with Professor Emerita Joan Gussow, mother of the sustainable food movement.

He hopes to provide nutrition informa­tion that “people can use.” His first effort: a documentary on Gussow. “The opportunity to learn from Joan directly was just such a bonus.” Watch Taliercio’s film-in-progress on Gussow at https://vimeo.com/121589927. Contribute to TC's Nutritional Ecology Scholarship, created in honor of Joan Gussow, here.

Published Monday, Nov. 30, 2015

Out of the Frying Pan and into the Kitchen

Emmy-winning news videographer Gioacchino “Jack” Taliercio was fleeing the World Trade Center on 9/11 when he decided it was time to switch ca­reers.

Taliercio’s father had run La Stella, a popular restaurant in Queens, and grown his own food — first in the United States and then in Italy where the family lived until Taliercio was ten. In October 2001, Taliercio and two of his brothers successfully revived La Stella. When they sold it two years later, Taliercio returned to video production with clients that included the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, Bloomberg News and the Italian television network RAI.

“Still, I kept reading about the relationship of food and nutrition to the environment,” he says. “I wanted to formalize my education.”

At TC, where he earned his master’s of science in nutrition education and studied to become a registered dietitian, Taliercio took classes with Professor Emerita Joan Gussow, mother of the sustainable food movement.

He hopes to provide nutrition informa­tion that “people can use.” His first effort: a documentary on Gussow. “The opportunity to learn from Joan directly was just such a bonus.” Watch Taliercio’s film-in-progress on Gussow at https://vimeo.com/121589927. Contribute to TC's Nutritional Ecology Scholarship, created in honor of Joan Gussow, here.

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