Fabio Viviani, co-owner of Firenze Osteria in Toluca Lake, CA, and Bravo Network's Top Chef Season 5 Fan Favorite, was the stand-out chef on the season's show which was nominated three times for the 2009 Emmys. Fabio's new cookbook, Café Firenze Cookbook: Mangia e Bevi, co-authored with business partner and best friend since the age of 12, Jacopo Falleni, is a new release.
The charming partners appear frequently for culinary events, cooking demonstrations, book signings and to discuss their love of Italian food and wine. Included in their spring tour was Taste! Gourmet Expo and Trade Show in Myrtle Beach, SC May 14-16, where they presented cooking and drink demonstrations.
Fabio attended Italy's Instituto Professionale per I Servizi Alberghieri in Florence, focusing on advanced Tuscan and regional cooking as well as a wide variety of specialization courses. He spent months, sometimes working for free, at regional restaurants and abroad to learn the secrets of master chefs. Currently, Fabio is specializing in Molecular Cuisine, using cutting-edge technology to perfect his art. He describes his style of cooking as "Northern Italian Comfort styled foods." In his hometown of Florence, Fabio co-owned and managed several high volume Florentine restaurants. There Fabio won awards for his dry aged steaks at the Sagra Della Bistecca Awards in Cortona and his cheese and wine selections at the 2004 Enofood Awards.
Fabio has organized food events for fashion shows by Roberto Cavalli, Alessandrini, Gucci, and others and acts as a consultant to several Florentine restaurants in the promotion of Tuscan fusion cuisine. Fabio also has been personal chef for a number of Italian celebrities.