Michael Chiarello is an award-winning chef and owner of critically acclaimed Bottega restaurant in the Napa Valley and Coqueta in San Francisco. Named Esquire magazine’s “Chef of the Year” in 2013, Chiarello made his mark by combining his Southern Italian roots with the distinctive hallmarks of Napa Valley living. Influenced by his Italian family of butchers, cheese makers and ranchers, Chiarello graduated from the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and was named Chef of the Year by Food & Wine in 1985, just three years after graduation.
In addition to his culinary accolades, Chiarello is an accomplished winegrower, Emmy®-winning television host and creator of one of Napa’s leading lifestyle brands. He is the author of seven cookbooks (lauded by IACP and the James Beard Foundation), and serves as the tastemaker behind the NapaStyle retail line of artisanal foods, kitchenware and home décor. Chiarello has been a national television host of his own shows for over a decade on PBS, Food Network and Cooking Channel, and most recently appeared as judge and mentor on the Lifetime series Supermarket Superstar.