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Jen Carroll Goes 'Rogue'

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Richard Talks Reality

Fabio Keeps It Simple

Richie Bought What?!

Fabio questions Richard's anniversary gift for his wife.

 

Another week of Life After Top Chef has come and gone, but you and #TeamFabio still come to read my blog! Thank you for all the love and support that you have shown to me.... Whenever I am feeling like it is just me against the rest of the world, I know that the best fans in the universe have my back!! It is too bad that my mom does not see all the love and attention that I am getting from #TeamFabio. Maybe then she would not be so worried about me all the time. But she is the greatest mom ever, so what should I expect?!)

It is hard not to get emotional when you see your mom is upset.... I am no different! I hate to see her crying because she is missing her son. But I am working hard so that I can move my mom and my dad to the United States. I would love to keep them close... but... what is it that they say? Be careful what you wish for?! A few years ago my mom got really sick and she had to stop working. This was really hard for her because she was always a hard worker since before I can remember. Since my parents have retired, I have taken it upon myself to make sure that they do not have to worry about money anymore.... I have been very blessed in my opportunities in this country.... I am LIVING the American DREAM! 

It is my belief that the best gift you can give your parents is to live a happy and successful life surrounded by the people that you love! I have pride in being a good gift giver, for both my mother and significant other.... I like to surprise her with something she would love but never think to get for herself. You have to know her really well to understand this completely, but let's talk a little bit about some horrible gift-giving ideas for a second... can you believe that Top Chef Richie Blais bought his wife a chef knife for their ANNIVERSARY?!OOO NO RICHIE! What you are doing?! I do not know Richie’s wife.... but I am pretty sure that she is the one who married the Top Chef. Should we start worrying about him ! He buys her a knife... teaches her how to shoot a machine gun, and then gives her a back pack so that she can carry all of her weapons around in it! Is your wife a NINJA, Richie?! Are you crazy? The only good thing that can come out of you buying your wife the sharpest knife in the store is so that she could cut the poof off of the top of your head! On second thought, Richie, a haircut would probably be the best anniversary gift that you could give your wife! Well done, sir...

I also have to say a BIG congrats to Dale Talde on his amazing restaurant, Talde. That guy is such a talented chef, and it was so nice of him to treat us all to such a DELICIOUS meal! I was a little upset that Angelo Sosa and Carla Hall had to crash my man date with Richie.... I thought it was just going to be the two of us! I can't help that I have a huge crush on Richie... isn't he so dreamy? Also, good to see that Angelo still has the avocado in his tight pants.

Jen gave me the best gift of all this week when I saw her on Life After Top Chef trying to catch a chicken! I was eating dinner at the time and almost spit out my wine! That girl has a large dose of crazy, but it's why I love her so much.... She needs to get a move on it, so I can go eat at Concrete Blonde. I have never heard so much about a restaurant that does not exist yet.... But I am sure with Jen as head chef it will be amazing! I hope that Chef Spike can come through with his investors so that she can open soon.... That would be an AWESOME GIFT!! Right, Jen?!Now it is the time when I have to stop worrying about everyone elses job and get back to MY work! Thank you, #TeamFabio and Bravo TV for another amazing week of Life After Top Chef..., I look forward to live chatting with you all during the show this week on Twitter! Follow me @FabioViviani! See you there!

 

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!