Hello everyone – this is Fabio Viviani and while you may recognize me as a professional chef from Bravo’s “Top Chef”, the truth is that my best education came from the knowledge and skills I learned in the kitchen beside my mother and grandmother – the leading ladies in my life. What motivates me most in the kitchen is attempting to carry on the legacy that these wonderful women left behind: creating delicious, home-style Italian comfort food straight from the heart, to the souls of those I love.
In addition to being a proud mama’s and grandma’s boy, I pride myself on cooking with passion and love. Today I’m announcing an exciting new partnership with Match.com (Ok, so you’re wondering what this is all about, aren’t you?). No, I’m not a relationship expert (though I’m not ruling out the fact that I might have a few tricks up my sleeve – I am Italian after all!). You don’t have to worry (yet!) about ‘Fabio’s Top 10 list of how to score the meatball of your dreams.’ I actually have the pleasure of working with Match.com to help bring to life the awesome connection between love and food. I’m sure many of you will agree that the best meals you’ve ever eaten are those that were made with love, with heart and soul.
Maybe your favorite meal was from a 4 star restaurant or a down-home local burger joint. Food is personal – it’s about you or the one(s) you’re at the table with. Think back to some of your favorite memories and I bet most of them involve a great meal- whether it’s the holidays, a fancy restaurant on vacation, your wedding night or a cozy night in, I’m sure food played a big role in making the memory meaningful. For the next 3 months, I will be exploring topics that relate love and dating, while sharing a few ideas, thoughts and most importantly recipes that you can use in your dating life.
I’m not a love doctor. I’m young and learning about love right alongside you. I’m passionate and I’m a dreamer in search of the perfect girl to love forever and wake up by her side every morning. I would do ANYTHING for the love of my life but I will not settle for anything less than what I promise in a relationship.
I like to believe that I found already the perfect person for me, that for now she has the wrong address to my house, she forgot the map (maybe the GPS is broken!), got lost and she is too stubborn to ask for directions (sound familiar?) and come into my arms. And I know when she does get here, she will be with me for good.
My mom and dad met when they were 18 and have been together for the past 33 years. They are each other’s first loves. My grandparents met when they were 14 and were together for over 70 years (yup, that’s right!), and they also were each other first loves. So I thought the best way to kick this off would be with a few recipes that have stood the test of time! Here are a few favorites from my parents and grandparents that they’ve enjoyed as they’ve grown old together.
Perhaps the secret ingredient is magic- but you have to find that on your own! Hey what is that old saying… the way to a person’s heart is through their belly!? So try these recipes and let’s love to eat and eat to love!
With love, Fabio
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