Restaurant Advice for Richard

Fabio Viviani offers Richard Blais a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity."


Hello #TeamFabio! Welcome back! Did you miss me last week? I missed you!

My deepest condolences go out to the families struggling after the hurricane... I wish there was more that I could do! If you would like to donate to the victims of this horrific natural disaster please think about donating to the American Red Cross here. Any little bit helps!

I have been in New York recently promoting my new cookbook, and I had to take a rain check on some plans because of Sandy. But does this slow down Fabio?! Yes... yes, a little bit it does... While I’m in New York for business, I also try to see some old friends. Maybe I am getting better at mixing business with pleasure. Dean Schaeffer is a great influence on my life... He has been a good friend to me and constantly keeps me in check when my work begins to make my life crazy!

What kind of crazy work?! How about spending 10 and a half days-worth of cell phone time last month?! I know what you are thinking, but this couldn’t possibly have all been because of a beautiful lady I was keeping myself from on my work travels. I just have a lot of things that I juggle in my career from my website blogs, newsletter, Chow Ciao web series and of course Life After Top Chef! Oh my... when I write it down it makes me realize how much it actually is... I promise I am not an Italian robot programmed to cook delicious food all day and enjoy swinging chairs... but just think of all I could accomplish if I didn’t have to sleep. This is something I might ask Dean about. Ha!

After I saw the way that Chef Spike was able to cut loose and enjoy his road trip it made me start thinking that I should be trying to relax more. I am pretty sure that Spike relaxes as much as I work. What I really want to know is... WHO WAS FEEDING TURTLE FABIO?! I did not see anyone feeding Turtle Fabio on the road trip! He better not have gotten into that moonshine because if I know Turtle Fabio he was out late trying to meet a sexy turtle lady.

I bet that you did not know that in addition to turtles I also love horses. I’ve been horseback riding since I was a little kid because my friend had some horses in Italy. Jacopo and I were able to hang out and see some of the beautiful scenery. It was a good time and very relaxing. There is something about the air when you get away from the city -- the nature gives you good energy that you cannot get in the city. 

It looks like Richard Blais and his haircut are having a tough time deciding on a final menu for The Spence. He made a comment that it doesn’t matter what it says on the menu as long as when they are done eating it, they love it... I’m sorry but where is the logic in this?! Why would somebody order it off of a menu when the ingredients do not sound appetizing. You will not even get the chance to have them eat it. Richie, this one time only I am going to give you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, you can hire me as a consultant for your business. The first tip is free: your customers do NOT want to know that what they are eating is going to make their piss smell funny. But hey, it’s your restaurant and if people want to try out questionable food that unquestionably makes your urine smell then they can always come to The Spence. I think you have found your niche market, Richie!

When I found out that we were missing the duck for the party, my heart fell to my chest. My job requires me to constantly make sure that all the details are taken care of, and then what do I do?! I get the main course messed up instead. It is always something! Always something that is the problem! I am giving myself gray hair from this. I truly believe that it will all be for the best in the end. I love my #TeamFabio, and I would not be here without you. Thank you for being a part of my life and cooking my family recipes so that I can be a part of yours. If you really want to challenge yourself, you should check out my first Fabio Kitchen Challenge here! 


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!