Michael followed his childhood dream of becoming a world-class chef.
Known for Napa Valley icon, the Tra Vigne Restaurant, Chef Michael Chiarello is host of Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello. He is also the creator of NapaStyle specialty foods and handcrafted products for kitchen, home, and garden.
Born in 1962 and raised in the central California community of Turlock, Michael followed his childhood dream of becoming a world-class chef. He began apprenticing in restaurants at age 14 and graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY, in 1982. Michael’s cuisine is founded on his Southern Italian heritage. His enduring passion for creating great ingredients inspired the NapaStyle line of specialty foods. And as the founding father of the flavored olive oil trend, he created the Consorzio product line.
Michael has consistently earned accolades as one of the top chefs in the country, including Chef of the Year by Food and Wine magazine in 1985 and the Culinary Institute of America (1995).
He is the author of Michael Chiarello’s Casual Cooking (Chronicle Books, 2002), Napa Stories (Stewart, Tabori & Chang, 2001), Tra Vigne Cookbook (Chronicle Books, 1999), and Flavored Oils and Flavored Vinegars (Chronicle Books, 1995).
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