Phil Kafarakis, former president of Specialty Food Association
Allyson Browne McKithen | World Trade Center
Chef Fabrizio Facchini
Chair Cooks Alliance Slow Food USA
Fabrizio Facchini, with his wife Samira, has been the Chef and Owner of the small Boutique Hotel And Restaurant “Antico Borgo in Arcevia, Le Marche Region” in Italy since 2009. Father of four wonderful kids, he has been recognized and published in the Michelin Italy Guide since 2012 and other prestigious guides, magazines, press and food blogs around over the world.
He moved from Italy with his family to San Diego and and since 2017 live in NY State. Fabrizio is an Executive Chef and Business Owner in the USA and he was awarded by the Italian American Chamber in New York for his work bringing an Authentic Italian Cuisine to the USA. He has opened and developed different concepts and restaurants such Clandestino & Facchini’s in San Diego, Taverna Novo in Saratoga Springs in Upstate NY, Cotto – Cucina Italiana in the new Renaissance Hotel in Chelsea New York, Stellina Ristorante in Oyster Bay NY and in 2020 he took over the historical Cardinali Bakery in Long Island, established in 1990. Using the name he has founded the Cardinali Italian Markets located in Osyter Bay and Syosset NY.
Fabrizio is part of the Slow Food Chef Alliance in Italy and the USA. He is the Co-Chair of Cooks Alliance Slow Food USA and Cooks Alliance President Slow Food New York State. He has participated in Denver at Slow Food Nations Festival 2018 where he cooked at the Zero Waste Family Meal with Massimo Bottura and other famous chefs.
In 2019 he created the Italian Kitchen at the SFN2019 inviting and collaborating with renowned Chefs, Food Lovers, Authors as Antonio Starita, Alex Seidel, Alice Waters, and many others.
He was invited in 2018 to cook a dinner at the prestigious James Beard House.
Fabrizio is a board member as Adviser of AICNY (Association Italian Chefs Of New York). Fabrizio is also involved in other foundations and nonprofit organizations such as Food For Soul, Nature Kids in Costa Rica, Sons of Italy, NoKidsHungry, FoodBankNY, Noah Homes San Diego and others. He appeared on Food Network and other TV shows. His collaboration in Fundraising Events like NYCWFF and City Harvest with Friend Chefs such Rocco DiSpirito, Geoffrey Zakarian, Guy Fieri, Lidia Bastianich, Michele Mazza, Cesare Casella and many orthers has permitted to raise money to help community and causes.
Fabrizio is also a Brand Ambassador for Urbani Truffles, Pasta Di Martino and DiSano Pistacchio di Bronte. Since 2020, Fabrizio is part of Associazione Italiana Ambasciatori Del Gusto.
During the Pandemic crisis Covid-19, Fabrizio founded the non-profit Italians Feed America (www.italiansfeedamerica.org), the organization has for mission to help people in need fighting the hunger, feeding the Frontline Workers and helping restaurant industry & restaurant workers.
The association has provided hundred thousands of meals to Americans and New Yorkers. Personalities and friends has joined Chef Fabrizio in the board: Rocco Dispirito, Elizabeth Falkner, Michele Mazza, Francesco Panella, Cesare Casella, Michele Mazza, Raffaele Solinas and many others.