Fabio Viviani

Chef, Restaurateur, TV Personality

Moorpark, California

Growing up in the Tuscan hills, Fabio Viviani channeled his endless energy into cooking at a young age. The vivacious chef trained in Italian and Mediterranean cuisine at IPSSAR Saffi, and worked with Italian culinary figures Simone Mugnaini, Alessandro Panzani and Saverio Carmagini. By the time Viviani was 27, he owned five restaurants in Florence, a farmhouse and two nightclubs. When he moved to California, he didn’t slow down — Viviani opened Café Firenze in Moorpark and Firenze Osteria in North Hollywood. The restaurateur debuted his latest venue, Siena Tavern, in Chicago in February 2013. Despite his burgeoning restaurant empire, Viviani is probably best known for his 2008 stint on Bravo’s Top Chef, winning the title of “Fan Favorite” and returning two years later for Life After Top Chef. He also hosts the popular Web series Ciao Chow! on Yahoo! and has his own line of ceramics cookware. Viviani has written two cookbooks (Café Firenze Cookbook and Fabio’s Italian Kitchen) and has a third one in the works that’s due out in early 2014.