Following a tip from a commenter, we discovered that Fabio Viviani, the chef and owner of Cafe Firenze in Moorpark, California looks a whole lot like the goateed cheftestant seen here and here (and that we're pretty sure we spotted at last week's Le Bernardin stake out). And a look over at the Top Chef blog Amuse Biatch confirms our suspicions:
"Granted, we’re not with the FBI or anything, but based on the comparison of a photo from Café Firenze’s website and the Miss Universe photo, we’d say it was positively the same guy. As if by the grace of E.M. Forster himself, Fabio is a native of Florence, Italy...Viviani opened Café Firenze last year, and the local paper gave it quite a good write-up."But that's not all.
A tipster sent us a few photos of Baltimore chef Jill Snyder last week, but we were unable to confirm her connection with the show. Now, Amuse Biatch is hot on her trail. He doesn't have a solid confirmation by any means, but he discovers Snyder made a Top Chef audition video that, at one time, was up on YouTube (now in cache). There's a slight chance she was a chef that managed to escape the paparazzi shots. Any further intel on Ms. Snyder? Send it our way.
· Baltimore’s Jill Snyder Identified as “Top Chef” Contestant [AB]
· Mystery Man Revealed as Fabio Viviani [AB]
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