ABOUT Fabio Viviani
Italian chef Fabio Viviani was born on October 10, 1978 in Florence. After the need to help out the family and get a job presented itself at the young age of 11, Fabio applied to work in a bakery where first he was told he was too young and then later invited to work nights so that no one would know.
In 1992 at age 14, Fabio began working at the very busy Il Pallaio, a casual Trattoria in Firenze, Italy with stellar, Italian comfort food and a 120 seat cover. An average night in the restaurant proved to be total mayhem, as 700 to 800 guests came through each night. Fabio thrived in this high pressure environment and managed to become sous chef by age 16, thanks to the mentoring of Simone Mugnaini, an iconic figure in the Italian restaurant scene.
Between training in Italian and Mediterranean cuisine at IPSSAR Saffi, working with culinary luminaries such as Simone Mugnaini, Alessandro Panzani and Saverio Carmagini, Fabio was owning and operating 5 restaurants in Florence, a FarmHouse and 2 nightclubs by the age of 27. Fabio found himself a young, well-respected business man in Italy but he was ready for a change.
Fabio moved to Ventura County, California at the age of 27 and now works as the owner and executive chef of Cafe Firenze, a renowned Italian restaurant in Ventura Country and Osteria Firenze, a popular Los Angeles Italian eatery. Also his Newest Chicago, Illinois restaurant is due to open by January 2013. He's also teaming up with the Chicago's most innovative restaurant consulting group, Dine|Amic, to further enlarge his restaurant horizon.
Fabio is perhaps best known in America for appearing on season 5 of Bravo's reality series Top Chef and earning the Fan Favorite title. Fabio returned to Bravo in 2010 to compete in their Top Chef All Stars edition and his reality show "Life after Top Chef" will air in late 2012. He is also the host of the Award winning series "Chow Ciao!" on Yahoo.
Life outside Firenze Osteria
Returning as a fan favorite from the Emmy Award winning show "Top Chef New York", Fabio competed again in Top Chef All Stars in 2011/12 and will also cast in Bravo TV's biggest chef reality show to date – the bold new culinary/lifestyle adventure series "Life After Top Chef".
Fabio is the award winning host of "Chow Ciao!", the #1 lifestyle and food show on the internet. His show drives millions of people toward the Yahoo.com homepage every week, with a new episode every Monday. The Top Chef saga led Fabio to put a team in place to utilize effectively all the positive and well received TV exposure. This move lead to a number of opportunities within the media, along with an ever increasing waiting list at the restaurant and countless endorsment offers and partnership opportunities. This made Fabio one of the fastest growing household name brands in the USA.
A gregarious host and entertaining guest, Fabio appeared in a number of cooking segments and morning shows in the USA. He is a recurring guest on platforms such as Good Morning America, The Talk, The Chew on ABC, Ellen Degeneres, Good Day LA, Access Hollywood, Playboy Radio, LA Live, Fran Drescher, Bonnie Hunt, Bethenny Frankel, Today Show, Zagat.com, and countless food shows and events all over the United States.
A regular headliner at global food shows, Fabio is the new upcoming chef to rule social media with his huge presence and bigger-than-life personality. This outreach earned him a spot in Bed Bath and Beyond for his ceramic cookware sets and also as a recurring guest on the QVC channel with many different products.
When he's not busy promoting healthy eating for children, he is also an endorser and partner with many beloved brands in the USA such as Bialetti Cookwear, Bertolli Olive Oil, Terlato Wine International and Yahoo.com.
Fabio Viviani has published two successful cookbooks, including the Cafe Firenze Cookbook, The Skinny Country and the e-book Did I Really Make Breakfast, which made it onto multiple Amazon bestseller lists within weeks of release.