Michael Chiarello Bio

Michael Chiarello is an award-winning chef and owner of critically acclaimed Bottega restaurant in the Napa Valley. From his earliest childhood experiences — created with his Italian family of butchers, cheese makers and ranchers — Michael Chiarello dreamed of becoming a chef one day. Decades later, he has made his mark, and then some. By combining his Southern Italian roots with the distinctive hallmarks of Napa Valley living, he has shaped his career into an acclaimed chef, highly-rated vintner, culinary & lifestyle trends pioneer, noted author, and Emmy-winning television host on Food Network and Cooking Channel.

Michael was named Chef of the Year by Food & Wine Magazine in 1985, just three years after graduating from the CIA. He received the CIA’s Chef of the Year Award in 1995, and was just named CIA’s 2011 Alumni of the Year. Michael’s books have received awards and nominations from both IACP and James Beard Foundation. In the mid-90’s, his specialty food innovations earned his olive oil business, Consorzio Flavored Oils, the Best Product Line Award at the International Fancy Food Show. After turning his enthusiasm for sustainability to his own vineyards in 1999, he created Chiarello Family Vineyards, and his small-production wines are consistently high-scoring. And since 2000, Michael has been the tastemaker behind the NapaStyle retail line of artisanal foods, kitchenware and home decor.

Michael has been a national television host of his own shows for over a decade on PBS, Food Network and Cooking Channel, and has also appeared on the highest rated food competition shows, Top Chef and Top Chef Masters. His Emmy Award-winning show Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello began in 2003 and airs daily on Cooking Channel. In 2009, he was a finalist on Bravo’s premiere of Top Chef Masters and makes an appearance in the 2011 season of Food Network’s The Next Iron Chef. A popular celebrity guest, Michael is a regular contributor to NBC’s The Today Show, CBS’s The Early Show, Martha Stewart Living Radio, Regis & Kelly, and the San Francisco Chronicle’s “Inside Scoop Voices” Column. He lives among his Napa Valley vineyards with his wife and children.

Keep Reading

Next Up

Michael Symon Bio

Learn more about Michael Symon host of Cook Like an Iron Chef.

Michael Voltaggio

Chef Michael Voltaggio was a finalist for the James Beard "Best New Restaurant" award in 2009 and winner of Bravo's Top Chef. He has established a reputation for "serious" food that is playful, visually stunning and flawlessly executed.

Julia Child Bio

Learn more about Cooking Channels Julia Child host of The French Chef with Julia Child.

Levi Roots Bio

Learn more about Cooking Channels Levi Roots host of Caribbean Food Made Easy and learn how to bring bright sunny flavors into your kitchen.

David Rocco Bio

Learn more about Cooking Channels David Rocco host of David Roccos Dolce Vita and watch how he explores Italy and finds inspiration from fresh seasonal ingredients.

On TV

Dinner at Tiffani's

7:30am | 6:30c

Dinner at Tiffani's

8:30am | 7:30c

Dinner at Tiffani's

9:30am | 8:30c

Good Eats

10am | 9c

Good Eats

10:30am | 9:30c

Good Eats

11am | 10c

Good Eats

11:30am | 10:30c

Man Fire Food

12pm | 11c

Man Fire Food

12:30pm | 11:30c

Man Fire Food

1pm | 12c

Man Fire Food

1:30pm | 12:30c

Emeril's Florida

2:30pm | 1:30c

Unique Sweets

3:30pm | 2:30c

Unique Sweets

4:30pm | 3:30c

Cake Hunters

5:30pm | 4:30c

Cake Hunters

6:30pm | 5:30c

Cake Hunters

7:30pm | 6:30c
On Tonight
On Tonight

Cake Hunters

8pm | 7c

Cake Hunters

8:30pm | 7:30c

Cake Hunters

9:30pm | 8:30c

Cake Hunters

10pm | 9c

Cake Hunters

10:30pm | 9:30c

Good Eats

11pm | 10c

Good Eats

11:30pm | 10:30c

Cake Hunters

12am | 11c

Cake Hunters

12:30am | 11:30c

Cake Hunters

1am | 12c

Cake Hunters

1:30am | 12:30c

Cake Hunters

2:30am | 1:30c

Good Eats

3am | 2c

Good Eats

3:30am | 2:30c
What's Hot
What's Hot

Carnival Eats

Thursdays at 9pm ET

Michael Chiarello

So Much Pretty Food Here