Rising Star Chef Tim Andriola of TIMŌ - Biography

Sunny Isles, FL

November 2011

The menu at Timo, Tim Andriola’s Sunny Isles bistro, reflects his love for the flavors, textures, and accents of Italy and the Mediterranean. This appreciation was developed early during his professional career, during an internship in Italy and Spain, but the seeds for Andriola’s love affair with food were sown during his childhood.

As a child in his native Hampton, New Hampshire, Andriola worked with his father at their family-owned restaurant. As a teenager, he apprenticed with local Chef Ron Boucher at his eponymous Ron’s Beach House, where Andriola’s passion for cooking firmly took root. After high school, he enrolled in the CIA and graduated at the top of his class with honors, receiving the Francis L. Roth Award for outstanding performance. In 1992, he moved to Miami, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management from Florida International University. He then took off for Italy and Spain (for kitchen internships), falling in love with Mediterranean cooking – a passion evident in Timo’s menu. Since then, he has trained and worked in some of the top kitchens in the U.S., including Chez Panisse, Charlie Trotter’s, Tra Vigne, Olives, and Chef Allen’s - where he worked as chef de cuisine for five years.

Prior to Timo, Andriola served as executive chef at Mark’s South Beach, which, during his nearly three years at the helm, was named the top restaurant in Miami by Gourmet Magazine and best new restaurant by Bon Appétit. Since its opening in April 2003, Timo has garnered popular and critical acclaim, and earned Andriola a 2004 StarChefs.com Rising Stars Award.