The party took place at Corcoran's house and the meal was prepared by Chef Antonovich. For aspiring star chef Sarah, the real treat was hanging out in the kitchen with Chef Antonovich. Mr. Antonovich is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Johnson & Wales University. Antonovich has cooked at the James Beard House as a participant in the Discovery Series. He has been honored to cook for five United States Presidents. Presently Chef Antonovich is working on Memoirs of a Chef to tell his journey as a professional chef for 40 years and is still cooking today. Antonovich is an active food service advisor for a variety of fortune 500 companies and continues to create menus for some of the biggest names in the food business. He is constantly developing new food concepts for a variety of independent restaurant companies.
Born a couple of years apart in the same New York hospital, Corcoran and Antonovich first met in California in the 1980s, when both worked at the famed Hotel Bel-Air. Antonovich had taken over the lease of an nearby apartment and needed a roommate. He heard that the hotel had just hired a new room service manager who happened to be Ron Corcoran. Corcoran had just moved from Texas and was looking for a place to stay. The pair moved in together and quickly became great friends. Their careers took them off on separate paths for many years until they eventually ended up in Dallas, where they co-launched Sipango in March 1994.