i am a huge fan of top chef.
i've watched almost every season and rooted for my favorite chef.
i am always in awe of what they can do with food.
i envy their talent, their palettes and their confidence in the kitchen.
last saturday, as part of my birthday celebration, my father-in-law and mother-in-law,
and bobby and i
cafe firenze owned by top chef contestant and hearthrob fabio viviani from top chef: new york and all stars.
oh, did i mention that angela's cousin is john paolone, the executive chef. this definitely made everything more exciting.
we had a table next to the kitchen so we could see the chefs preparing our food. john visited our table, poured us some wine, made by another cousin in seattle. it's great being related to an italian family.
at this point i was stuffed. who needs to eat dinner when you have an array of appetizers like this?
and talk of john's upcoming wedding at a villa in tuscany. he's a chef and she's a wedding planner. you know that wedding is going to be spectacular. can't wait to see the pictures.
seriously, it was a feast like nothing i've had in a long time. and i enjoyed. every. bite.
i joked about wanting him to come to the table. as we were getting ready to leave i felt a tap on my shoulder and turned around to see him standing there. i didn't yell or cry but i was surprised. and giddy as you can see in this picture.
this is angela, john and bobby. angela and mike can't go to the wedding because she is pregnant and can't travel. we have gladly volunteered to take their place.
so now i want to visit other top chef restaurants. there are a few here in la, some in san francisco, new york, and chicago. it would be fun to make a list of the ones we go to. bobby and i have been to grub twice. it's owned by betty fraser of top chef: los angeles.
but next on the list is ink, owned by michael voltaggio of top chef: las vegas. i hear the food is outstanding. can't wait. and maybe i'll get a picture with him too.