Michael Chiarello is the award winning chef and owner of acclaimed restaurants Bottega in the Napa Valley and the Spanish –inspired Coqueta in San Francisco. Named by Esquire magazine’s “2013 Chef of the Year,” Chiarello made his mark by combining his Southern Italian roots with the distinctive hallmarks of Napa Valley living.
His earliest childhood experiences were created around his mother’s California kitchen with his extended Italian family of butchers, cheese makers and ranchers. At the age of 20, he graduated at the Culinary Institute of America, Hyde Park, NY. Just two years later, he was named Chef of the Year by Food & Wine magazine.
By 1986, his love for California called him home, and Michael moved to Napa Valley, where he also released his first Chiarello Family Vineyards bottling, crafted from his sustainably farmed, small-production home estate.
Michael has been an Emmy Award®-winning national television host of his own shows for over a decade on PBS, Food Network and Cooking Channel, and has appeared on the highest rated food competition shows on TV as well. In 2009, he took second place as a finalist on Bravo’s inaugural Top Chef Masters, and has appeared as a judge on Top Chef and Top Chef Masters. Michael was also a competitor on Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef, in 2011.
The most recent opening of ottimo in 2017, his flagship store and the so-called “food emporium”, brings to life Michael’s best learnings from the last 30 years, and gives his rustic, Southern Italian cuisine a casual expression.
In the present, Michael lends his time to his newest project, Platform 8, which will be a truly American casual-dining destination; a modern Burger House accented by an old-world soda fountain prepared in a most new-world way.