HOW ELITE LIFESTYLE CUISINE STARTED

In January 2006, in a small café in Fairview, New Jersey, Chef Carlo Filippone embarked on a mission — to help Americans get healthy and combat the ongoing obesity epidemic. Carlo, a fitness enthusiast and internationally recognized food columnist, sought a way to help everyone from active fitness enthusiasts and corporate professionals to stay-at-home caretakers achieve better health.

After nearly 20 years in the fitness industry and the restaurant business, close evaluation and analysis had made something very clear to Carlo. He determined that most people’s struggles came not from a lack of exercise, not from a lack of desire to improve, but from being either uninformed as to proper nutrition or not having the culinary skills, ability, or time to prepare properly balanced cuisine.


Carlo knew that there would be only one way to cater to everyone and help them overcome their challenges — through their palate and eating habits! Creating a product line that was tasteful, well balanced and convenient became Carlo’s mission. The process was nothing new to him; he had already spent 10 years serving as a monthly contributor to various international publications.
In that very café in Fairview, New Jersey, Carlo’s vision became reality. His food line has already improved the lives of many and impressed with great taste, enabling his clients to achieve a higher level of health and fitness. As product demand grew, Carlo explored other methods of distribution, and Elite Lifestyle Cuisine was born.

Now produced in a Gold Star award-winning facility, Elite Lifestyle Cuisine proudly serves the entire East Coast and Mid-East Regions of the United States!

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Carlo Filippone is the President and Founder of Elite Lifestyle Cuisine and a National Champion Bodybuilder. Since 11 years old, Chef Carlo has been at home in the kitchen. His passion for healthy Italian cuisine led to the creation of two successful restaurants — Angelo’s Pizzeria Restaurant and Healthy Meals Café — by the time he turned 35. Now, with more than 25 years of hands-on kitchen experience and over 200 published recipes under his three-time national champion bodybuilder belt, he is bringing his health and wellness background and nutritional philosophy to the world with Elite Lifestyle Cuisine- a gourmet healthy meal service. He’s been recently featured on the Good Day NY Show and has appeared on the Dr. OZ Show.

Carlo grew up in Cliffside Park, New Jersey and now resides just a few miles away in Fort Lee. He attended Bergen Community College and studied accounting; however he quickly realized that his true love was business entrepreneurship. He has continued to pursue his business interests as well as his personal passion for fitness, health and wellness.

Carlo is very active within his local community and is regularly featured as a guest speaker at local schools and other community events. His favorite charity is one that is near and dear to his heart- Autism Speaks. Through Elite Lifestyle Cuisine he has helped raise funding for various events. A former columnist for MuscleMag International, Carlo is a regular contributor to Muscle and Fitness Magazine and has been seen in numerous publications, including the Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding. He still enjoys working out and spending quality time with his family and loved ones.

  • The Food Is Absolutely Delicious...

    Becoming a member of the Elite Lifestyle Cuisine food club has impacted my life in a very positive way. Being a husband, father and business owner, it is very difficult to find the time to prepare my meals in advance. The food is absolutely delicious and the number of different varieties ensures that I’ll never get sick of any specific dish. Beyond just looking good, I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been!

    Michael Elayan
    Michael Elayan
  • I can’t believe my transformation over the last 6 months. I’ve been working towards 199 for YEARS, and I’ve never been in as good of shape or felt better than I do now. Six months ago I started eating Elite Lifestyle Cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I also take their multi vitamin daily and use their shakes and juices. I was recently chosen to represent the company as a sponsored athlete, which is something I’m unbelievably proud of as I’ve spent most the last 20 years of my life between 330-391 pounds. I also exercise 6 days a week for at least an hour, but if I didn’t have control of my diet and nutrition, I would never have molded these results. You’ve heard it before – you cannot out exercise a poor diet. So proud of how hard I’ve worked over the last 6 months, and I can’t wait to see where I’ll be 6 months from now! Thank you Carlo and Elite Lifestyle Cuisine, you’ve helped me change and SAVE my life.

  • In July of 2012, while experiencing the stressors of the financial industry, my body began to take a turn for the worse. For some time I had begun to experience an uncomfortable feeling within my body. Sure enough, I wound up experiencing a seizure. Over the next six weeks five more would follow. The episodes would cause weight loss, typically 3-5 pounds, leaving me drained. It took several days to regain my strength. All told, I had lost 25 pounds, all of my strength and plenty of muscle. I contacted Carlo, explained to him my situation and my desire to get back to good physical health. Carlo understood my condition and explained that I needed to eat frequently to stabilize my blood sugar levels. He followed by constructing a game plan for me to eat seven meals per day, approximately three hours apart. Typically, it would be a challenge to follow that type of protocol as I do not have time to prepare my food. However, Carlo explained that if I had two minutes to use a microwave, I would have time to follow the protocol. Needless to say, I ordered his Staple Menu Items along with some of his prepared entrees. Six months later I had gained 20 pounds back, restored my strength and actually lost body fat. My episodes became less frequent, but when they appeared, Carlo was right there by my side to adjust my meal selection and help me get back on track. There are many companies out there, none of them however show compassion for their food and for their clients like Carlo does. Whether you are an athlete or everyday professional, everyone is treated like they are the only client. His food is priced efficiently, he uses healthy ingredients, no preservatives and they are extremely convenient. Thank you Carlo for all your sacrifice, passion and attention!

    Brett McIlveen - District Manager of Retirement Services, ADP
    Brett McIlveen - District Manager of Retirement Services, ADP
  • The biggest challenge I had when I first started training was overcoming a poor diet. Throughout college, I would eat fast food and snack on junk food frequently. Those bad eating habits continued as I began training and basically negated all of my hard work in the gym. Once I educated myself and changed up my lifestyle, I began to notice improvements with my body, strength, health, and energy levels. Incorporating Elite Lifestyle Cuisine made it that much easier! Their menu is filled with great choices and the meals are ultra-convenient- perfect for my busy professional and active fitness lifestyle.

    Coryn Martin - Teacher/Fitness Model
    Coryn Martin - Teacher/Fitness Model
  • Becoming a member of the Elite Lifestyle Cuisine food club has impacted my life in a very positive way. Being a husband, father and business owner, it is very difficult to find the time to prepare my meals in advance. The food is absolutely delicious and the number of different varieties ensures that I’ll never get sick of any specific dish. Beyond just looking good, I’m the healthiest I’ve ever been!

    Mike Elayan - President, Elayan Construction Services
    Mike Elayan - President, Elayan Construction Services
  • I have been a client of Elite Lifestyle Cuisine for almost a year now. Being a busy health professional myself, it is extremely hard to “practice what you preach”. Elite Cuisine has been one of the most KEY decisions I have made in the past 5 years for my overall health and wellness. Not only has my physical health improved, my mental health and professional health has improved as well. It has allowed me to fuel my body on a regular basis giving me the nutrients needed to power through the long days. Having the confidence that the food will be there when I need it and saving the hours in the kitchen between cooking and cleaning has been a savior. Not to mention all the time and energy saved not having to go food shopping! Carlo and his team are EXTREMELY professional and their product is TOP NOTCH! They always make sure your order is processed correct and that you are 100% satisfied. Above all, the food is delicious! The chicken is so good that I just ordered more to put in my salads. Thank you Carlo and Elite Lifestyle Cuisine for helping me take my health and business to the next level!

    Dr. David Ackerman - President, Active Chiropractic Care
    Dr. David Ackerman - President, Active Chiropractic Care
  • I’ve lost 17 pounds in 16 days since starting my Elite Lifestyle Cuisine journey! With 66 pounds in total to lose, the first 25% have come off easier than I ever imagined! I’m never hungry, and feel healthier than ever. It’s great to know I can eat delicious, satisfying foods every day with variety AND great ingredients. Elite takes the guesswork out of eating (a great thing for us lifetime larger folks), and I know that it will be just a matter of time before I actually ENJOY my way to the body I want! Elite is perfect for me on the road OR at home, and is giving me a great education in portion size AND food choice. Thank goodness my friend Lou referred me, or I’d still be fighting my way through one fad diet after another. Goal weight here I come!

    Jason Herman- Frederick, MD
    Jason Herman- Frederick, MD
  • I have been a customer of Elite Lifestyle Cuisine for the past two years, and it has drastically changed my life. As a single professional in New York City, I am far too busy to cook meals for myself. I found myself relying on delivery services like Seamless, which caters to delivering unhealthy options straight to your door. With help from ELC, I don’t have to think about ordering food or making a healthy choice, because that has already been done for me. Best of all, the food consistently tastes amazing. I look forward to my meals everyday, have lost weight (and kept it off), and will most certainly continue ordering from ELC. For anyone living a New York City lifestyle, this is a no brainer.

    Arielle H. - Educator, NYC School System
    Arielle H. - Educator, NYC School System