Michael Chiarello is the award-winning chef/owner of critically acclaimed restaurant, Bottega Napa Valley. From his earliest childhood experiences with his Italian family of butchers, cheese makers and ranchers, Chiarello dreamed of becoming a chef. Decades later, he has realized his dream, and much more. Chiarello attended the CIA at Hyde Park and was named Food & Wine Chef of the Year just three years after graduation. By combining his Southern Italian roots with the distinctive hallmarks of Napa Valley living, he has become a celebrated chef, highly-rated vintner, culinary & lifestyle trends pioneer, noted author, and Emmy Award-winning television host. His show Easy Entertaining first premiered on Food Network in 2003 and continues to air daily on Cooking Channel. Chef Chiarello competed and finished in the finale on Bravo’s Top Chef Masters, and most recently on Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef: Battle of the Super Chefs.