Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli of Glass & Vine - Biography

Coconut Grove, FL

September 2016

Growing up in Miami, Giorgio Rapicavoli spent hours watching cooking shows in lieu of cartoons and cooking in real life with his Italian mother. After high school, Rapicavoli attended Johnson & Wales University, but was drawn more to real life restaurant work than study. He left the school behind to work for influential Florida chefs, such as Robin Haas and Adam Votaw, before becoming the executive chef at Chispa in Doral at just 21. He then served as executive chef of 660 at The Angler’s on Miami Beach for three years.

Rapicavoli has cooked alongside revered chefs Ferran AdriĆ , Alice Waters, and former Slow Food president Joshua Viertel at Slow Food’s Terra Madre, an experience that changed his life, as well as his understanding of food. And in 2011, he won the first episode of the popular Food Network show “Chopped,” winning again in 2014.

In February 2012, Rapicavoli opened the instantly popular pop-up, Eating House, which has now become a brick-and-mortar fixture of the city’s restaurant scene. In early 2016, Rapicavoli opened Glass & Vine with the Grove Bay Hospitality Group. Located in Coconut Grove, this seven-acre site rests along the waterfront with a restaurant that showcases Rapicavoli’s vibrant, local cooking.