Celebration Weekend 2013 Featured Presenters
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Fabio Viviani, Chef/Owner, Café Firenze, Firenze Osteria, and Siena Tavern, Author, Fabio’s Italian KitchenThough a well-respected restaurateur in his hometown of Florence, Italy, chef Fabio Viviani was a relative unknown in this country until his appearance on season 5 of Bravo’s hit series Top Chef in 2008. The show catapulted him into the limelight and the photogenic “fan favorite” was invited back to compete in Top Chef All Stars and in spinoff culinary reality show Life after Top Chef, which aired in fall 2012. The latter documented his daily travails as chef and owner of Cafe Firenze in Moorpark and the popular Italian eatery, Firenze Osteria, in North Hollywood. His third restaurant, Siena Tavern, opened to great fanfare in Chicago this February. With his gregarious personality Viviani is a recurring guest on television shows, such as Good Morning America, The Talk, The Chew, Ellen Degeneres, Good Day LA and Access Hollywood. But you can find him 24/7 on his own hit show, Chow Ciao! on Yahoo.com.
Offscreen, Viviani is whirlwind of activity. He’s a regular headliner at global food events and festivals. He sells a line of ceramics cookware at Bed, Bath & Beyond, and he proudly sponsors Bialetti Cookwear, Bertolli Olive Oil, and Yahoo.com. Viviani is the author of three successful cookbooks, Cafe Firenze Cookbook, The Skinny Country, and the recently-released Fabio’s Italian Kitchen. Subscribe to his newsletter, Fabio’s Kitchen Academy, for more recipes, and follow his meteoric progress at fabioviviani.com and on facebook.