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My story begins in 1984 in my hometown of Chicago Illinois, a food-obsessed city with a big culinary personality. As a kid, I wasn’t running home after school to kick around a ball or check out the latest video game, I was running into the kitchen to help my mom put dinner on the table! What I would learn later in life is these countless days spent watching her sprinkle a little bit of this and mixing in a little bit of that into delicious dishes my family and I relished in together is what inevitably started my drive to become a chef.

After a scheduling mistake in high school that landed me in a cooking class rather than a journalism course on THE day hospitality giant Johnson & Wales University came to do a presentation, my professional journey began. And yes…I do believe in fate! I call that day the lightning strike.  I entertained my competitive side with a slew of cooking competitions and was fortunate enough to be called upon by the Florida Marlins to cater the 2003 World Series. After graduating Johnson & Wales University, I took a position with the Five Diamond Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Miami. It was at the Mandarin Oriental where I learned first-hand from Executive Chef Patrick Lassaque the good, the bad, and the ugly of the restaurant business. Shortly thereafter, I landed in Napa Valley to stage with the great Chef Thomas Keller and Chef Cindy Pawlcyn. I still pinch myself that I was able to glean even a sliver of knowledge from these remarkable chefs. While some people thought a teenager had no business writing a cookbook, I had so many ideas, recipes, and food memories I wanted to make a reality since childhood that a book seemed like a natural next step. I mustered together what I could and self-published my first book, Maximum Flavor. Then, as fate would have it, the phone rang and a Montell Williams Show producer claimed to be on the other end (though I was convinced I was being pranked by a friend). They were preparing an episode on inspiring young entrepreneurs and wanted to invite me, as the youngest cookbook author, on the show. I was blown away and humbled beyond belief. Thanks to that appearance, I sold enough books to make my restaurant dreams a reality.

We opened Chef Adrianne’s in 2007 in a Kendall strip mall. As a 22-year-old just starting out, my resources were limited, and this was where I could afford the four walls I needed to realize my dream. There were the obligatory naysayers that quipped about the location, but as people started to eat my food and taste my passion on a plate, it was their opinion that mattered most. Soon, Chef Adrianne’s was being labeled as a “hidden gem” or a “destination dining must”, which certainly was good enough for me. We guided the restaurant through the recession with just my trusted Sous Chef Eglis Siu (now Corporate Executive Chef) and I in the kitchen and successfully came out the other side. Next year, we celebrate Chef Adrianne’s 14th anniversary! I still don’t know how some of these went from idea to printed word, but I now count five cookbooks under my belt. I have many people to thank, including my hard-working team and my incredibly supportive friends and family. The complete collection now includes Maximum Flavor (2005)Chef Adrianne: Driven by Flavor Fueled by Fire (2008)#MaximumFlavorSocial (2014)Play with Fire (2015), The A List Vol. I (2018) , and The A List Vol. II (2018).

Proud Moments


Cracked Named Top 15 Where
To Eat in South Miami by Eater
Launched Youtube Series
'Searching For Maximum Flavor'
Opened Forte by Chef Adrianne
in Coral Gables, Florida


Catered 'Big Game Big Give' Fundraiser
Opened Redfish by Chef Adrianne
in Coral Gables, Florida
Moved Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard
into a new location
Appeared on Fox & Friends
First Episode
Redfish Named One of Miami's Best 2020
Summer Menu by MiamiNewTimes
Featured on The Cover of
Aventura Lifestyle Magazine


Cracked Eatery by Chef Adrianne
free-standing restaurant opens in
South Miami, Florida
French Onion Soup featured in
INDULGE’s August/September issue
Named Top 100 Chefs by
Foodable Network
Interviewed by Paul Barronn
on The Barron Report
Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Ranked As
Most Romantic Restaurant For
Valentine's Day by the Miami New Times
Redfish Named as Miami's
Most Anticipated Restaurants by Eater


Best Chef in Miami
by New Times
Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard
Named Miami’s Most
Romantic Restaurant
by ZAGAT guide.
cookbook were published


Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard named
Top 6 Restaurants Worth a
Drive in Miami by ZAGAT
Best Restaurant in
South Miami-Dade by
The New Times
Cracked by Chef Adrianne
Food Truck opens in at the
Wharf by The River Miami
Chef Adrianne’s 9
Unexpectedly Romantic
Restaurants and Bars
in Miami by ZAGAT


Best Chef in Miami by
The New Times
Named one of 10 Totally Unique
Restaurants in and Around Miami
Best Restaurant in
South Miami-Dade by
The New Times
Chef Adrianne Calvo Selected as
USA Delegate for
Terra Madre Salone del Gusto 2016


Yelp’s Top 50 Places
to Eat in Miami
Play with Fire
cookbook was
Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Selected as #23 on
Miami Food Bucket List - 50 Things to Eat
Before You Die by Thrillist.
Yelp included the restaurant
in their top 50 local, non-chain
Miami eateries.
Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard selected
as one of Miami’s 17 Most Important
Restaurants by Thrillist.


Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard
Named The Magic City’s 8 Most
Innovative Restaurants
cookbook was published
Best Chef in Miami
by The New Times
Maple-Leaf Duck Breast at Chef Adrianne's
Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar Named #1
on Fabulous Fall Dishes to Try Now by ZAGAT
Named “Best Chef” by
The Floridian Awards III
Culinary Awards from
TMG Entertainment.


Miami Magazine and
Urban Spoon named the
Best Restaurant Miami.


est Sangria in Miami by
The New Times


Appeared and awarded runner-up on
Food Network's TV series "Chopped"


Voted one of the top 10 up-and-coming
chefs in the state of Florid
Chef Adrianne: Driven by Flavor, Fueled by
Fire cookbook was published
Won Cargill Salt’s “National Search
for the Seasoned Chef”
50 Best Chefs in the
World by Chef Report.


Launch of “Make It Count”
Chef Adrianne’s
Vineyard and Wine
Bar was born!
First Miami Restaurant
to offer Dark Dining


Maximum Flavor
cookbook was published


Graduated from
Johnson & Wales
Became youngest chef to work at the
5-diamond Mandarin Oriental Hotel in
Miami, Florida.
Won “Taste Down Under” again and the
dish was served to CNN correspondents and
representatives from Gourmet, Food Network,
and Bon Appétit.


Became the youngest chef to cook for the
United Nations dinner after winning Australian
competition "Taste Down Under".
Catered the
Florida Marlins World Series.