Cool Peep: Adrianne Calvo Chef, Author, and TV Personality AND Restaurateur
Who is this “Cool Peep”?
Adrianne Calvo, chef, author, television personality, and restaurateur has been in the business of reinvigorating taste buds since 2007. With four cook books under her belt: Maximum Flavor (2005), Chef Adrianne: Driven by Flavor Fueled by Fire (2008), #MaximumFlavorSocial (2014) and Play with Fire (2015), Calvo has cooked up an extensive inventory of recipes reflecting tastes from across her experiences as a chef and worldwide travels. Her restaurant, Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar, located in Kendall, Florida dazzles the surrounding area with its sophistication and rotating menu. Suitably so, Adrianne is passionate about ensuring Maximum Flavor and truly evoking the sense of taste. Chef Adrianne’s Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar offers “Dark Dining” once a month where guests are blindfolded for a sensual experience eliminating one sense in order to enhance another.
Throughout her career Calvo has had the honor of being the youngest person to cook for the United Nations and its ambassadors. Also bearing her craft to CNN correspondents, representatives from Gourmet, Food Network, Bon Appetite, and Saveur. When Adrianne isn’t in her kitchen, she’s in NBC’s kitchen for “6 in the Mix” offering up delicious recipes or some way finding herself in the kitchens of charities like St. Jude’s Hospital where her and her foundation “Make it Count”, cook for the families and patients. True to her craft, Chef Adrianne develops a relationship with her guests all the way from the kitchen to the table. Throughout the years, Chef Adrianne’s has staggered a number of accolades including Best Chef Miami, Best Chef Florida, Best Restaurant Miami. (Born in Chicago, Lives in Miami).
What are a few of your favorite things?
I love travel, food, and fun experiences I can share with my family and friends. A great coffee with foam art can set the tone for an awesome day, and perfectly crafted old fashioned can close it out beautifully. Ernest Hemingway books have a way to my heart as Jason Mraz and Chris Stapleton speak music speak to it. I’m a BBQ junkie – every city I travel to, I search for a smokehouse. A day well spent means having spent some time outdoors, hiking, fishing, kayaking. Sour candy, Will Ferrell comedies, and good pair of boots are small happiness essentials for me.
When you are alone and you think no one is watching you. What quirky things are you doing?
I’ll admit I’ve tried taking selfies in different positions as practice. (I can’t take a good selfie for the life of me).
What is your favorite haunt?
A place I go to Saturday nights after work for the best burger and old fashioned. A crazy busy night on the line calls for this kind of deliciousness.
What bag are you carrying right now and what is in it?
My handbag right now is a brown worn leather bag that I like to call my “adventure bag” . It’s filled with items I take on trips – Battery juice pack for iPhone so I make sure I have charge for taking pics all day, old boarding passes, room key cards, chapstick, hand sanitizer, and my make-up bag.
What is one thing that no one would ever guess about you? (at least by looking at you)
By looking at me, you would never guess I’m ambidextrous. I think I was born to be a lefty and was taught to use my right hand as a child. My grandfather who was a lefty had this belief that the world wasn’t made for lefty’s.
What is playing on iTunes/Pandora/Spotify/Apple Music etc., right now?
My playlist is currently comprised of Ed Sheeran, Sam Hunt, Carrie Underwood, Dashboard Confessional, Zayn, Drake, Jason Mraz, and Chris Stapleton.
What app would you DIE without?
I would probably die without my “my fitness pal” app. I try to work out and budget my calories without depriving myself of what I really want to eat so I find my fitness helps me to happily reach my fitness goals.
Someone gave you wise words that stuck to your soul once – what were they?
My sister once told me to “Make It Count”
Where can we find you next?
You can find me all over the country at select Diamond Resorts properties. I’m excited to be their new ambassador and together, we are adding some Maximum Flavor to their Events of a Lifetime.