Brief encounter

Ab/Ex uno disce omnes...............from one person learn all people

There is a constant, recognizable thread in the career of Walter Potenza to elevate the level of Italian culinary culture in the United States. Besides his unquestionable culinary talent and winning business perspective, Chef Walter has been a relentless educator with passion and knowledge who defeats stereotypes. His life, career, and values are a model, an example to follow by any chef of Italian gastronomy working outside Italy. A native of Abruzzo, Italy, he is known as one of the nation's most passionate and accomplished traditional and historical Italian cooking practitioners.  

Chef Walter appears regularly on National and International Networks such as Food Network, ABC, CBS, NBC, RAI, FOX, Dubai Live, and Publications such as NY. Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Food & Wine, Saveur, Gourmet, and countless Italian media outlets. 

Author, Writer, Podcaster, Juventus Football Club (Rhode Island USA) President.

Gastronomic and Culinary Specialties

Expert on Health + Wellness Cuisine, diabetes, celiac, and related topics 
Expert on the Cuisines of the Sephardic Italian Jewish Heritage 
Expert on Terracotta Cookery from the Etruscan Empire (Terraware by Chef Walter)
Expert on the Pre-Columbus and the "New World Cuisine"
Expert on Historical dining from the Roman Empire to Italy's Unification
Expert on Regional Italian Cuisine and the Mediterranean basin

Expert on Italian Cuisine in the USA after the Immigration Movement


Ambassador of Italian Gastronomy by the Italian Government (1999 - 2002)
Awarded "6 Stars Diamonds by the "American Academy of Hospitality Sciences" in New York

Portonovo Award Recipient, Italy
James Beard Recipient, New York (8)
Emmy Award Recipient for Television
Chef of the Winter Olympics of Salt Lake City, Turin, Vancouver, and Sochi
Master Chef by Association of Professional Italian Chefs, Italy (APCI)

Recipient of Grand Toques D'Honneur (2)
Master Chef by Academia Barilla, Italy

Master Chef by GVCI Worldwide (Dubai)
Republic of Savoia Cavaliere (Knight) for educational contribution to the culinary world, Switzerland

Cavaliere (knight), Republic of Montenegro

Winner at Food Network


Director of Chef Walters Cooking School USA - Abruzzo, Italy
President of "Chef Walters Fine Foods "Specialty Food Manufacturing."

President of Federal Hill Food, Rhode Island, USA
President of the "The Culinary Council," R + D Consulting Agency 
Director of Italian Food Artisans Food Promotion + Placement in the USA
President of SIMVAL Communication + Marketing USA. 
Director of Mediterranean Diet 21, Corporate Health + Wellness 
Podcast Host "Flavors + Knowledge" - Sapere I Sapori - Quick Bites - America is also Italian
Television Host of "Flavors + Knowledge" Cooking Show
Retired Restaurants (12) owner and Chef operator

Director of the Italians in Rhode Island Heritage Council


Cookbook "Federal Hill" the flavors of the Italian colony
E-book "Federal Hill Sweets."
Flavors + Knowledge / Sapere I Sapori Newsletters.

Flavors and Knowledge TV on YouTube
In the process of releasing "19 Ghettos," The Life and the Foods of the Jews in Italy after the Inquisition." and "Standing on My Feet Memoir,."