Spike: I Wasn't Aloof

Spike was just relaxed and enjoying himself at the Food & Wine Classic.

What’s up? I’m writing to you all from Jakarta, where I unfortunately cannot watch Bravo TV. Come on Indonesia, step up the cable programming! I am counting the hours until I get back to DC and watch the show with my family. Although I expect a bunch of phone calls from my mom and sister, who will undoubtedly give me an earful.

Aspen was such a blast. Cooking for the Food & Wine crowd is amazing -- the event is filled with chefs and members of the food media that I truly respect. A million thank yous to Dana Cowin for the amazing opportunity. Being a part of the Food & Wine Classic in Aspen was such a highlight for me this year. Feel free to invite me again Dana!

When I arrived in Aspen, I felt so preoccupied with the chaos surrounding the restaurant openings in DC, that having an escape -- where I was even able to go whitewater rafting and hiking -- was awesome. Aspen is such an incredible place that combines upscale with down-to-earth people who love nature. Despite being such a relaxed city, Aspen is dynamic and I can’t wait to go back.

Chances are, I might have come off as aloof in Aspen, but it was just the opposite. What you can’t see is that it was really a great relief to step away from the restaurant stress going on back in DC. Aspen allowed me to take a much needed deep breath and recharge before returning home to opening up my family’s second Good Stuff Eatery.

I owe a huge thank you to my partner in crime, Andrew Kaplan. Kappy is the ultimate sous-chef. He took care of my prep for the event and, more importantly, my sanity. Because of him, my dish reflected the vision in my head and I owe Kappy big time. Thanks for making it a stress-free trip man!

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!