Shop Smarter, Eat Better: An Interview with Chef Fabio Viviani
His charming demeanor and thick Italian accent on Top Chef: New York Season 5 earned Chef Fabio Viviani a solid following in America. While he didn’t win the competition, he was voted “Fan Favorite” and returned to compete on Top Chef All-Stars Season Eight and Life After Top Chef. He’s also a New York Times best-selling author, keynote speaker, and the owner of a dozen restaurants.
Chef Viviani was driven to succeed from an early age. At age 11, to help with family finances, Viviani worked nights at a local bakery (since he was too young to officially join the staff) in his native Florence, Italy. At 14, he began working at the very busy Il Pallaio restaurant and became sous chef by age 16. By the time he was 27, Viviani owned and operated seven restaurants in Florence, a farmhouse and two nightclubs.