Chef Adrianne Calvo @ChefAdrianne | Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant & Wine Bar, owner
Born on February 7, 1984, Adrianne Calvo is an American chef, author, television personality, and restaurateur. Filled with the love for food at a young age, Adrianne focused her efforts on her one true aspiration, gourmet cuisine. Adrianne has enjoyed a number of accolades, during her remarkable journey, in becoming a recognized and decorated chef. Coining the catch phrase, "Maximum Flavor", Adrianne has managed to exceed to the "maximum" degree. From graduating top of her class at Johnson & Wales University, to now owning and operating her own restaurant, Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant and Wine bar in Miami FL; Adrianne has influenced the culinary community. She has also influenced the way people experience fine dining.
Adrianne was born in Chicago, Illinois to a Cuban father, Manuel Calvo, and Cuban mother, Magaly Calvo. The family, which included her younger sister, left Chicago and moved to sunny South Florida, where Adrianne attended Braddock Senior High School. In 2002, Calvo enrolled at Johnson & Wales University, and entered more than forty national competitions, achieving first place in ten, and runner-up in the others. In 2003, she won ''Taste Down Under'', an Australian culinary competition. Her award-winning dish was served at a dinner for the United Nations and its ambassadors, making her the youngest person to cook for the United Nations. One year later, Adrianne won ''Taste Down Under'' again, and her dish was served to CNN correspondents and representatives from ''Gourmet'', ''Food Network'' and ''Bon Appetite". These accolades granted her the opportunity to cater the 2003 World Series for the champion Florida Marlins. In 2004, graduating top of her class, Calvo worked at the five Diamond Mandarin Oriental Hotel, in Miami, under executive chef Patrick Lassaque. After working at Mandarin Oriental, Calvo took a trip to Napa Valley, California, where she then sharpened her craft under Chef Thomas Keller and Chef Cindy Pawlcyn. This experience, ignited the inspiration for her restaurant "Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar" in Miami, in addition to her cookbooks.
In April 2007, Calvo opened her restaurant Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar in Miami, Florida. The location of the restaurant has been a unique factor and indicator of her popularity. The eatery's location is a considerable distance, from the trendy areas of Miami; in the suburbs of West Kendall. This location has made many refer to her restaurant as a "hidden gem" and notably a "destination dining must."
Incorporating many unique traits to her menu, The Napa Valley inspired restaurant offers a wide selection of her one-of-a-kind "Maximum Flavor" infused dishes. Calvo is the only chef in Miami that offers "Dark Dining" at her restaurant every month without repetition of a theme or menu. Dark Dining offers a unique and sensual experience, with guests wearing blindfolds, to eliminate one sense by enhancing another-taste. This event has drawn much attention and one that she truly enjoys creating. Along with being chef/owner of her restaurant, Adrianne has written two cookbooks, Maximum Flavor and Driven by Flavor Fueled by Fire.
Adrianne Calvo has always made it a point to give back to the community. In 2006, after losing her younger sister Jennifer to cancer, she started the ''Make It Count'' Foundation, which benefits children and their families suffering from cancer. She has also been a huge supporter, sponsoring events for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Susan G Komen, and for the American Cancer Society. She has done so, along with the support and collaboration of her family, friends and staff.
Annually, during the holiday season, Calvo and her "Make It Count" Foundation visit St. Jude's Hospital in Memphis to cook for the patients and their families. In 2014 St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital honored Calvo and her foundation with the St. Jude's "All About the Kids Award," in recognition for her time, efforts and charitable contributions. Adrianne was also named 2014 Woman of the year LLS (Leukemia & Lymphoma Society). Calvo's charitable efforts have garnered yearly participation in FLIPANY's ''Chefs up Front'', The Black's Annual Gala benefiting at-risk kids, Common Threads and Verizon's 4G for Charity and March of Dimes.
In 2009, Calvo became the spokesperson for Panda Kitchen and Bath, a Miami, Florida-based leader in the multi-million dollar kitchen and bath remodeling market. In addition, Calvo has participated in the Food Network's South Beach Wine and Food Festival for the past years as well as many renowned events such as '"Dali Miami", Art Basel, Eats n Beats, Iron Fork and "Miami Beach International Fashion Week". In 2013, Chef Adrianne won the "Master Holiday Chef Challenge", being the youngest of the 14 competitors, and one of two females. With Calvo's role as the spokesperson for Panda Kitchen and Bath, she has attained increasing television exposure. She has weekly spots on NBC's "6 in the Mix" and Univision as well as countless segments with Clear Channel Radio. She also appeared on an episode of "Chopped" which aired on October 25, 2011. In 2013, she starred on Foodable TV's "Food as a Lifestyle" to give viewers a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to be a restaurant owner and an award winning chef. In addition, Calvo's awards include 2013 Culinary Academy Award Florida, Best Restaurant Miami 2013 Miami Magazine, Best Restaurant Miami 2013 Urban Spoon, Best Chef 2014, Best Chef 2014 Floridian Award, and Best Restaurant 2014.
Calvo continues to work on innovative concepts for her restaurant, grow her philanthropic efforts, as well as preparing for soon to be announced new projects related to her brand. With books already published, "Maximum Flavor", "Driven by Flavor Fueled by Fire", and her most recent, she is pretty busy. But when asked, "She wouldn't have it any other way". ~Bon apptit!
Learn More About Adrianne Calvo
What is your earliest memory involving food or wine?
As a small child, I can remember beautiful aromas in my house. I can also recall the excitement of baking cookies was I was little!
If this is your first year participating in SOBEWFF, what are you most looking forward to?
No it's not and I am thankful to be back another year! I am looking forward to participating at the Swine and Wine event this year and as always the Grand Tasting is filled with great energy and lots of palates!
If you could cook with anyone in the world, who would it be?
Lots of talent I respect. Is this a trick question? Will you surprise me and have Thomas Keller at the festival?
I never leave home without my:
iPhone (where I save recipe ideas on the go) as well as always being connected to my awesome supporters! I will admit I have all sorts of stuff in my car. You never know when you may have to cook on the fly!