Michael Chiarello opened his first restaurant, Tra Vigne in Napa, Valley in 1986, and later launched the likes of Bottega Restaurant in Yountville, California. In addition to experiencing success in the culinary world, Chiarello authored over 10 books throughout his life. His work has been recognized and awarded by IACP and the James Beard Foundation. However, Chiarello’s olive oil company Consorzio Flavored Oils received an award in the “Best Product Line” category at the International Fancy Food Show in the mid-’90s.
After Charello’s untimely death, fans and well-wishers from all around the world have extended their heartfelt condolences. “RIP Michael Chiarello. I enjoyed his Food Network show … He had a very nice personality for a TV chef,” one fan tweeted. Another fan wrote in part, “He was charming… [and] his food – inspired.” His family and loved ones have asked for privacy while they grieve the tragic loss.