Born in Florence, Italy, Fabio Viviani has had a passion for food since childhood, growing to own several concepts by age 27. In 2005, after successfully selling his businesses in Italy, Viviani brought his talents across the Atlantic, where he opened Café Firenze in Moorpark, CA. Today, he is based in Chicago, IL, with his wife and child and is the owner and founder of Fabio Viviani Hospitality Group which successfully develops and operates 20+ restaurants across the US.
Best known for his participation in Bravo’s Top Chef seasons 5 and 8, during which he earned the “Fan Favorite” title, Fabio continues to have recurring appearances on national cooking and talk shows such as Good Morning America and The Rachael Ray Show. He has also authored four successful cookbooks on different subjects, including the New York Times Best-Seller Fabio’s Italian Kitchen.