Top Chef Masters Finalist Michael Chiarello Comes In 2nd and Raises $28k+ for Napa Valley's Clinic Ole

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Chef Chiarello Thrilled to Support Local Community Health Clinic Ole

We are so touched by Chef Chiarello's generosity. His efforts will go a long way toward providing Napa Valley families with affordable, non-discriminatory health care

Chef Michael Chiarello has just completed an impressive bid for first place on Bravo's Top Chef Masters Season 1. Chef Chiarello is delighted with his 2nd place title, donating over $28k of winnings to local community health non-profit, Clinic Ole. "It was an honor to compete among 23 exceptional chefs devoted to their craft and to their causes. It was a great experience that I really enjoyed and would love to do again! I am most thrilled to support Clinic Ole, Napa Valley's only non-profit health clinic providing affordable health care to our underserved communities," says Chiarello.

Clinic Ole's Executive Director Beatrice Bostick is grateful that Chef Chiarello's hard work will benefit local community members, particularly the Latino population seeking affordable health services. "We are so touched by Chef Chiarello's generosity. His efforts will go a long way toward providing Napa Valley families with affordable, non-discriminatory health care," says Bostick.

Chef Chiarello's culinary career began when he was a child growing up in the heart of California's Central Valley were he dreamed of becoming a world-class chef. Following his graduation from the CIA, Chiarello opened a highly successful restaurant in Florida. In 1986, he joined Tra Vigne in St. Helena, CA as Executive Chef where he continued to gain fame for over 15 years. He has received three Emmy Awards for his Food Network television show "Easy Entertaining", produced and starred in two additional shows, "NapaStyle" and "Michael Chiarello's Napa"; published five cookbooks and received an IACP Award; with his wife, Eileen Gordon, launched NapaStyle with six retail locations throughout California including a vibrant catalogue and website. Chiarello is also the proprietor of a small winery, Chiarello Family Vineyards, where he sustainably produces highly rated small production estate grown Zinfandel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Sirah.

Chef Chiarello's recently opened restaurant Bottega has been enthusiastically received with admiring reviews from local and Napa Valley visitors. Michael Bauer of the San Francisco Chronicle gives Bottega three stars and says: "Every dish on the extensive menu is thoughtfully executed and seems to come from a deep passion for the cuisine." Bottega is located in the Vintage Estate's property, 6525 Washington Street, Yountville, CA. For more information, please visit http://www.michaelchiarello.com or http://www.botteganapavalley.com.

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