From College to HGTV: “Kitchen Cousins” Got Degrees First

If you’re a fan of HGTV, it’s neat to learn how some of the stars focused on their education before becoming a celebrity. The stars of HGTV’s hunky “Kitchen Cousins” both earned their bachelor’s degrees before hitting it big on TV.

Carrino graduated from Babson College in Wellesley, Mass., in 2001 with a bachelor of science in entrepreneurship and information systems. He says he appreciated that the school’s entrepreneurship program gave him basic business knowledge but a forward-thinking curriculum.

“It was a lot of great, real-world, practical application and business knowledge,” he says. “It was a lot of think-on-your-feet kind of stuff.”

He worked in construction during summers while growing up. After graduating and starting a web development company, Carrino and his dad, Alfonso, co-founded New Jersey-based Brunelleschi Construction in 2004. He has put his business education to use, managing project timelines and handling negotiations with vendors and subcontractors.

Carrino also is on site, getting his hands dirty on the job for the cameras (we love the tables he has created) with his cousin, John Colaneri. Colaneri also is a college graduate – he graduated in 2003 from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor of science in labor and industrial relations (he minored in business management).

The “Kitchen Cousins” amazing home transformations inspire viewers like us, but we also appreciate how having a college education laid the foundation for their unexpected careers.

 

 

 

 

 

About Lori Johnston

Lori Johnston is a CollegeBound Network staff writer based in Athens, Ga. She is a former Associated Press reporter and has contributed to many publications, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle, and People magazine. A 1995 graduate of the University of Georgia, Johnston has served as adjunct professor in the school’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications.