From his earliest experiences in his mother’s California kitchen, surrounded by an extended Italian family of butchers, cheese makers and ranchers, Michael Chiarello dreamed of becoming a chef. Today, he’s an award‐winning chef and owner of critically acclaimed Bottega in the Napa Valley and Coqueta in San Francisco, as well as a best-selling author and national TV host. In 1999, he launched Chiarello Family Vineyards, creating small-production wines. Named Esquire magazine’s Chef of the Year in 2013, Chiarello has made his mark by combining his Southern Italian roots with the distinctive hallmarks of Napa Valley living.
Q&A Michael Chiarello
Describe the Pacific: America’s Tuscany
What inspires you? The constant celebration of food and wine
What’s your favourite regional dish? Cabernet lees (leftover sediment after grapes are fermented) marinated lamb cooked over vine cuttings
What tasty bite should travellers to the Pacific not miss? Anything that celebrates wine grapes