When it comes to chef Alex Stratta’s career, family clearly matters. He’s the fifth generation involved in the culinary industry and found his calling at an early age when he traveled the world with his hotelier father. Stratta has mastered Italian cooking and has the awards to prove it. And though you might think you know the Las Vegas chef from his days as the “Italian Scallion” on Iron Chef USA, get an insightful new view of him from watching Forbes Travel Guide’s Tastemaker video interview. Discover his many tastes and influences — both for cuisine and for life.