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Rising Stars: Meet Gerardo Moceri of Sedona, Arizona

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gerardo Moceri.

Hi Gerardo, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Caio, my story began growing up in Sicilian in Michigan, enjoying our family tradition and values of Italians. After high school venturing off to Italy and asking a Chef whom I did not know if he could teach the art of Italian cuisine, not knowing he was very famous not only in Italy but in Europe and later Japan. First, we had lunch, and then we started a never-ending relationship of food and wine, Mentor Angelo Paracucchi. After traveling and learning about cultures, I decided to now travel in the USA, also going to Mexico and Hawaii. California, New York, but it was Arizona calling my family, so opening up in 2000 in PAYSON Arizona, never forgetting what we were taught, passing it on to my children and others alike, like in the movie Ratatouille, anyone can cook, raising our family, and then moving to more red rock-like once we lived on the island of Kuaui, to Sedona, creating and making transparent, slow food as my Chef started in the 80s and where ironically my son received his masters from at the Slow Food University, in Pollenzo Italy, keeping the food true to nature and culture is what our goals are in Sedona now, never forgetting the past of sustainable grandparents, parents and future now culinary workers

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been fairly smooth?
Our challenge is to help out and continue the real culture of today’s Italy in Sedona and hero passing on traditional values.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
We are constantly striving to help others as our motto is “doing small things with great love “from Mother Theresa, my first job as a Husband, Father, Chef, and mentor.

What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
Every day is another learned as we learn from the past to generations of the future to adapt to everyday circumstances but keep all real.

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