Name: Reese Amorosi aka Glamorosi
Occupation: Cooking Instructor, Recipe Developer, Personal Chef, Food & Garden Writer / Photographer
Place of Residence: Philadelphia, PA
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Reese Amorosi, also known as Glamorosi, grew up on stage and local TV in Philadelphia, PA and Atlantic City, NJ. She also grew up cooking and gardening: at age 4 she was growing navy beans and morning glories; by age 5 she was planting kitchen gardens and cooking from scratch with her Mother’s family from the Calabria region of Italy, and her Father from the American South. Along with cooking and baking, both of her parents taught her about tea, tisanes, and the art of serving Afternoon Tea. All of these influences shine in the food that Glamorosi Cooks.
The first business Reese ever owned, at age 7, was a roadside stand selling the organic produce she helped grow at a small family farm. In the 80s and 90s, she sold soups made with her original recipes and homegrown ingredients at produce stores and farmers markets. During this time, she also worked in restaurant and club management developing bar programs and menus, and booking and producing entertainment and events. This led to clients hiring Reese as a stylist and makeup artist for music videos, print, runway and weddings, and gigs working with world-renowned makeup artists Bobbi Brown and Mary Greenwell.
Reese currently lives in Philadelphia, PA, where she develops recipes featuring the produce she grows in her organic kitchen garden and community garden plots, fresh ingredients from local markets, and unique products from clients across the USA. Reese publishes her recipes on the Glamorosi Cooks website and its companion blog for Heirloom Gardener Magazine, and they are the foundation for the garden to table cooking classes she teaches. Reese also does personal chef work for clients in the Philadelphia area.
In 2017, Reese was featured in the Botanical Interests seed catalog (page 23), in which she talks about growing and cooking cucamelons. In 2018, a photo taken by Reese was published in the American Rose Society Calendar.
Since 2015, Reese has been a contributing food photographer (monthly) at ICON Magazine. Her photos have been featured in shows and auctions, and published in newspapers and periodicals including Schmap Philadelphia (12th Ed. 2010), Philadelphia City Paper (2012-2015), The Philadelphia Inquirer (2013-2015), Philly.com (2015), Philadelphia Gay News (2015), Broad Street Review (2017); WXPN’s The Key (2017) and Metro Philadelphia (2014-2017). In May 2017, Reese’s photo of the now-defunct Philly institution, Little Pete’s diner, was featured on Metro’s cover. Reese also does the event photography for Glamorosi Magazine, a website she edits and writes with her husband that features entertainment news and celebrity interviews.
Reese is married to journalist and radio host A.D. Amorosi, and they are parents to a magnificent black greyhound named Django in honor of guitarist Django Reinhardt.
- Reese is dedicated to helping pollinators. In her garden at home, Reese is mindful to include native host and nectar plants, and she and her husband oversee the emergence of numerous butterfly species including Monarchs and several types of Swallowtails. At her area’s community garden, Reese is a member of the Governance Council and Chair of the Landscape Committee. In 2017 she initiated and designed the garden’s installation of a butterfly garden.
- When she’s not cooking or gardening, Reese is an avid beachcomber, she practices yoga, and she creates original formulas for natural botanical perfumes. She also designs chainmaille and gemstone jewelry that has been featured in books and magazines including Woman’s Day. Her jewelry is available at Glamorosi.com.