When I recently caught up with Fabio Viviani, he had plenty to tell me about his new restaurant Firenze Osteria, which the Top Chef: New York fan favorite opened last year. But the chef's not just busy with his North Hollywood eatery; he also happens to have a new TV show and book, and a number of endorsements, including San Pellegrino water and Bertolli olive oil. In between appointments (he has 60 events booked for the next six months!) he talked to me about his latest projects. More, after the jump.
Even though he was voted one of your favorite Top Cheftestants, it's been a while since we've heard from Fabio Viviani, season five's ebullient, passionate Italian stallion who won over fans with his entertaining one-liners. The fan favorite and restaurant owner, who's been busy with countless endorsements and at least one book and TV show, took the time to chat on the phone (he admitted he was on his way to check out the new Ferrari California!) and shared some of the year's ups and downs. His thoughts, when you read more.
Over the past year we've been lucky enough to experience two seasons — New York and Las Vegas — of Bravo's hit show Top Chef. Between the bromance of Fabio and Stefan and the brotherly bickering of Bryan and Michael, there have definitely been a lot of characters. Who's your fave?
In addition to shooting the breeze with Top Chef's latest winner, Hosea Rosenberg, PartySugar and I also had the opportunity to catch up with Hosea's close pal, previous TC champ Stephanie Izard.
When we spoke to Stephanie — who's even more spunky and sassy in person! — she unveiled additional details about her upcoming Chicago restaurant, The Drunken Goat, her unique bond with other cheftestants, and plans to do more TV. Find out what she has to say after the jump
While we spotted a bunch of star chefs in Aspen, we had a particularly titillating conversation with Hosea Rosenberg, the winner of last season's Top Chef. The latest TC champ, who was the picture of West Coast cool, talked to PartySugar and me about his immediate plans, what he intends to do with $100,000, and the one kind of food he's really sick of.
Hosea schmoozes with fellow winner Stephanie Izard after the jump
If you've got a hankering for a serving of Top Chef before Top Chef: Masters begins, you're in luck. Top Chef: The Tour 2 — the show's second national tour — will kick off its 22-city tour this Friday at the Flatiron Pedestrian Plaza in New York. Each stop, including a special visit to Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby weekend, will feature two cheftestants hosting four interactive live shows with cooking demos and food tastings.
I'm really disappointed to see that they're hitting 22 cities, but San Francisco will not be one of them. Is the tour hitting your town? Find out when you read more
When I spoke with Stefan Richter after he lost Top Chef, he mentioned an upcoming clothing line. Entitled Cocky Chef Clothing, the designs recently became available online. It's pretty cheeky and highlights some of Stefan's signature phrases from the show. My personal favorite is the "I love lesbians" tee. What do you think of it?
The fifth season of Top Chef officially came to a close last night with the cast gathering for the reunion episode. The show was hilarious as they highlighted Jamie's complaining and Carla's kookiness. Did you watch? How well were you paying attention? Find out now when you take my last — well until season six starts! — TC quiz.Take the Quiz
One of my favorite episodes of any season of Top Chef is the reunion show. It's refreshing and fun to see the chefs out of the kitchen and away from the competition. I also love the intrusive questions host Andy Cohen inevitably asks. To discuss the get-together and find out who won fan favorite, read more
Well, Fabio wasn't lying when he told us, "unfortunately, you're going to see my face a lot." When we last spoke to the charismatic Top Chef contestant, he mentioned that he had an offer for a TV show and a line of food coming out. Now the star himself has confirmed to at least one source that he will be starring in his own TV show. Although he stayed mum on the concept, Fabio promised that more details would be public by April.
Additionally, Dr. Oetker, one of Europe's top frozen pizza brands, is launching its Ristorante line in America, and has called on the reality TV personality to be the spokesperson for the thin-crust pizza. "We feel Fabio is the perfect voice for the brand," Dr. Oetker USA said in a statement. "He has an incredible personality and a real passion for cooking."
The Florence-born chef, who will tour with the pizza line this Summer, also recalls the frozen pizza from his childhood. "Growing up in Italy, my mom often had Dr. Oetker's products in the home," Fabio said in the same statement. "I'm excited to help introduce Ristorante frozen pizzas to American households."
I'm curious to know if you think Fabio could be a lasting food figure. Do you plan to try the frozen pizzas he's hawking, and will you watch his new TV show?