Fabio Viviani | Celebrity Chef and Restaurateur

Fabio Viviani

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Chef Fabio Viviani has possessed a passion for food since

his childhood growing up in Florence, Italy. At age 11,

Viviani worked nights at a local bakery (since he was too

young to officially join the staff) and, during his teenage

years, held several positions in the restaurant industry, even

serving under the mentorship of Simone Mugnaini, an iconic

figure in the Italian restaurant industry.

Between his training in Italian and Mediterranean cuisine at

IPSSAR Saffi and working with culinary luminaries such as

Simone Mugnaini, Alessandro Panzani and Saverio

Carmagini, Viviani owned and operated five restaurants in

Florence, a Farm House and two nightclubs by the time he

was 27. Although a well-respected businessman in Italy, he

was ready for a change and moved to Ventura County, CA

where he opened Cafe Firenze in Moorpark.

Teaming up with one of Chicago's most innovative

restaurant consulting groups, Dine|Amic, Viviani went on to

open Siena Tavern in Chicago in 2013 where it received

accolades from Michigan Avenue and Chicago Tribune, to

name a few. 2014 saw the debut of Mercato by Fabio Viviani,

a quick service Italian concept in Chicago and San Diego

and the launch of Fabio Viviani Wine Collection.

Additionally, Viviani opened his new steak restaurant, Prime

and Provisions, as well as Bar Siena, both in Chicago in

2015. In January 2016, Fabio also opened Osteria by Fabio

Viviani at LAX's Delta Terminal.

Perhaps best known for his television debut on Bravo's hit

reality series "Top Chef" - earning the "Fan Favorite" title -

his on-screen appearances have propelled him to become

one of the fastest growing household names in the country.

In addition to competing in Bravo's "Top Chef All Stars" and

starring in the spinoff, "Life After Top Chef," Viviani has

appeared is a recurring guest on television shows such as

Good Morning America, The Rachael Ray Show, The Talk, The

Chew, Ellen, Good Day LA, and Access Hollywood.

He has hosted regular spots on QVC channel with various

kitchen appliances and products and was also the host of

the Telly and Webby award-winning web series Chow Ciao!

on Yahoo!, one of the top 10 lifestyle and food shows on the


Off screen, Viviani is a regular headliner at global food

events and festivals, has his own line of ceramic cookware,

Co-Branded Signature Series Aeternum Evolution and is a

proud endorser of beloved brands such as Bialetti

Cookware and Bauli authentic Italian baked goods. He has

authored three successful cookbooks: Cafe Firenze

Cookbook, New York Times Best-Seller Fabio's Italian

Kitchen and Fabio's American Home Kitchen, released in

the fall of 2014. Recently, Viviani started the Know-How

Leadership Academy, where he shares tips and advice to

young entrepreneurs and also connects with them through

his own digital magazine, Know-How Magazine.

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