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Fabio: I'm Not a Businessman, I'm a Business, Man

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A Good Investment

Mendelsohns Take it to the Ice

Jen's a Heartbreaker

Restaurant Advice for Richard

Where Our Food Comes From

A Week in the Life of Richard

Richie Bought What?!

Fabio: Mama's Boy

Spike Loves Canada

Richard Blais Runs for his Life (After)

Jen Carroll Goes 'Rogue'

Home is Where Spike's Business Is

Fabio: "We All Saw the Truth"

Spike: I Wasn't Aloof

Richard Talks Reality

Fabio Keeps It Simple

Fabio: I'm Not a Businessman, I'm a Business, Man

Fabio Viviani isn't just a chef.

 

Happy Turkey Day #TeamFabio! I hope that everyone is off of work and getting ready to gather around the table for an awesome feast with family. Maybe you even decided to try my Italian holiday stuffing?! I hope that your Thanksgiving is fantastic, and you are surrounded by the people that you love! This year I am thankful for so many things... I truly am blessed! I am thankful for my #TeamFabio of course. Also, for all my friends that I have made since I moved to this country. What is it that you are thankful for this season? Besides another fantastic episode of Life After Top Chef?! Ha!

People know me as the Italian who could not make an American hamburger to win Top Chef! But I am more than just a chef, I run several restaurants, and I see myself as a businessman first. This might be hard to see because so much of my business involves cooking, but I promise you that it is true! My business partners are also my closest friends because I want my work to never feel like it is a job... as much as possible. One way we try to do this is by having special martini dinners at my restaurants. They have been a great success if I can believe all the things that people say to my face about it... but who knows -- sometimes they like to blow smoke up my butt!

The success of the martini dinners is why Jacopo and myself have been working together to produce a line of designer drinks. Jacopo is a master at taking really unusual ingredients that you never would have thought of and making a delicious drink you cannot put down. Why would we not want to share this with the world?!

In order to do this, we needed to have an investor in the business, but Jacopo and I were not the only people looking for an investor this week. Chef Jen finally was able to set up her “pop-up” restaurant, and I am so happy for her! She is a fantastic chef, and I know that Concrete Blonde is going to be a hit. The investors that Spike brought to meet with her seemed very interested. I bet she will work out a deal soon... Jen, maybe if I ever get a vacation I will come by and have some of your seafood... it looks delicious!

Spike didn’t spend too much time on his restaurant this episode. But how nice is he for hooking Jen up with his investors? Maybe Spike is not such a bad guy after all... or maybe he is just trying to get CLOSE to you Jen! Be careful! Spike is sneaky...

I would also like to congratulate Richie for his successful opening of The Spence! You have a lot of strange things on the menu, but we’ve come to expect that from Richie’s haircut, so why would his restaurant be any different? I should not be surprised! I hope that you are able to take a break from The Spence and spend the time with your family this Thanksgiving. Remember what I told you before Richie? Keep your wife happy and your life will be a thousand times better because of it! At the end of the day, she is who you are coming home to... let them know that she is the MOST IMPORTANT! 

What did you think of this week's episode?! Not enough turtle Fabio or Spike’s mom? Tune in next week to see if they make a guest appearance. Let me know what you think @FabioViviani on Twitter!

 

Go Team Fabio!

Fabio Viviani learns from his fans.

 

Hello, everyone! I am sad because I have really enjoyed these blogs and the live-tweeting with #TeamFabio. Each person who comes to me at an event to tell me how much they enjoyed one of my recipes, I LOVE YOU! Thank you for supporting me because I would not be here without you.

My time on Life After Top Chef has taught me so much. The fans have spoken and helped me realize that I can relax a little bit to take time for myself. Dean Schaeffer has really been helping me with this. I cannot stress how important it is to take time to reflect on your own life. I am not saying that you have to go worship crystals in the desert, but you can take time in your life to meditate on what is bothering you. I find that it gives me clarity and is really helpful.

Spike came through with his connections in D.C. this week and decided to call in the big guns, the Italian Stallion in the chef world, to cook at the event for kids. Of course I accepted -- I never would have dreamed in a million years that I would be here cooking for the First Lady! So my sadness about the end of LATC is immediately met with an excited nervousness. Do not get me wrong! I was not nervous about cooking for the First Lady as much as I am about being on Team Blue with Richie. This guy is a nervous wreck! Richie! You do not have to worry -- this is what we do for a living.... Did you know that you won Top Chef?! 

It is OK because being a chef is not always about the food. Most of the time it is about solving problems without the customer knowing that there was ever a problem in the first place. So if today I need to manage Richie’s stress about the event, I can do that because if I can’t be the top chef, I can be the favorite -- I’m OK with that. Are you, Richie? Ha!

We were all honored to be a part of the First Lady’s plan to provide nutritional food to kids in school. I have heard horror stories about the food that is served in the school lunch programs. It is important for the children to get a healthy meal, and I have seen the plastic cheese they put on top of cardboard pizza. These are the future rulers of the world, people! Don’t you think we should feed them properly?

Everyone’s Life After Top Chef has been a huge success in my cookbook. I wonder what there is to look forward to in my Life after Life after Top Chef. I know that it will be exciting. One thing I have really enjoyed is the feedback that I get from my fans here on the blog and especially during the live-tweeting during the show. But just because the show is ending, it doesn’t mean that you cannot get a hold of me anymore! I try to answer every one of my fans whenever I get a few minutes to hop on my Facebook or Twitter, and I have a new cookbook coming out next year! Go #TeamFabio!