Chef/Culinary Personality/Restaurateur/Cookbook Author
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 he held a variety of positions, 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 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, California, where he opened Café 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, which 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. Viviani also opened his new steak restaurant, Prime and Provisions, as well as Bar Siena, both in Chicago in 2015. In January 2016, Fabio opened Osteria by Fabio Viviani at the Los Angeles International Airport’s Delta Terminal. Additionally, Mercato by Fabio Viviani, a rustic, yet refined eatery, is located in Chicago; San Diego; Detroit; Tempe, Arizona; Phoenix; and Benton Harbor, Michigan.
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 on Bravo’s Top Chef All Stars and starring in the spinoff, Life After Top Chef, Viviani has appeared as a recurring guest on such television shows as Good Morning America, The Rachael Ray Show, The Talk, Hallmark Home & Family, The Chew, Good Day LA, and Access Hollywood.
He has hosted regular spots on the 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 internet. 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: Café Firenze Cookbook, The New York Times best-seller Fabio’s Italian Kitchen, Fabio’s American Home Kitchen, and the just-released 30-Minute Italian. Recently, Viviani started the Know-How Leadership Academy, where he shares tips and advice with young entrepreneurs and also connects with them through his own digital publication, Know-How Magazine.