Michael Chiarello

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Born January 26, 1962
Red Bluff, California
Cooking Style Californian, Italian
Education Culinary Institute of America
TV Show(s) Easy Entertaining, NapaStyle

Michael Chiarello (born January 26, 1962 in Red Bluff, California) is an American celebrity chef specializing in Italian-influenced California cuisine. He hosted the cooking shows Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello on the Food Network and hosts NapaStyle on the Fine Living Network. Chiraello owns a winery, Chiarello Family Vineyards, and NapaStyle, a purveyor of food, cookware, and furniture.

Chiarello rose to prominence at a young age. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America in 1982, he studied hospitality management at Florida International University, receiving his bachelors degree in 1984. The next year, he opened The Grand Bay Hotel in Coconut Grove, Florida and Toby's Bar and Grill. He was honored as 1985's Chef of the Year by Food and Wine magazine.

Later in the 1980s, Chiarello moved back to his home state of California, making his home in the Napa Valley. He opened the Tra Vigne restaurant, creating a menu influenced by the cuisine of his family's native Calabria and rife with local seasonal ingredients. He has since served as executive chef in numerous American restaurants including Caffe Museo in San Francisco, Ajax Tavern and Bump's in Aspen, Colorado, and Bistecca in Scottsdale, Arizona.

His first cooking show, Season by Season, debuted on PBS in 2000. He hosted two more series for PBS, Michael Chiarello's Napa and Michael Chiarello's Napa: Casual Cooking over the next two years before moving to the Food Network to host Easy Entertaining. in 2003. In 2004, Chiarello's latest show, NapaStyle, premiered on the Food Network's sister Fine Living Network. Chiarello is married and has several children.


  • At Home with Michael Chiarello (2005)
  • Michael Chiarello‚Äôs Casual Cooking (2002)
  • Napa Stories (2001)
  • Tra Vigne Cookbook (1999)
  • Flavored Oils and Flavored Vinegars (1995)


  • About Michael Chiarello. NapaStyle. Retrieved May 4, 2005.
  • Biography: Michael Chiarello Fine Living Network. Retrieved May 4, 2005.
  • TV and Radio. NapaStyle. Retrieved May 4, 2005.
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