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, over his teenage years, held several positions in the restaurant industry. In the US, Fabio Viviani is perhaps best known for his appearance on season 5 of Bravo’s hit reality series Top Chef in 2008, earning the “Fan Favorite” title. He owns and operates three restaurants, two in the Los Angeles area, Café Firenze and Firenze Osteria, and a newly opened one in Chicago, Siena Tavern. He is the host of the wildly popular program Chow Ciao! on Yahoo! and his new cookbook FABIO’S ITALIAN KITCHEN is on sale April 23, 2013.

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