Celebrity Chef for hire Vinny Dotolo is an L.A.-based celebrity chef and restaurateur who has partnered with friend and fellow celebrity chef Jon Shook to open critically-acclaimed restaurants Animal, Trois Mec, Petit Trois, Jon & Vinny’s and Trois Familia. Vinny is an innovator in contemporary culinary style and a pop culture icon. In 2016, Vinny and Jon partnered with legendary streetwear brand Vans to create a line of stylish, kitchen friendly shoes geared towards chefs working long hours in the kitchen. Later in the year it was announced that Vinny would be a featured celebrity chef on the Food Network’s new cooking reality show Star Plates.
Vinny attended culinary school at The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale. It was there that he met lifelong friend and business partner Jon Shook. The duo worked under fellow top celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein before moving west to Colorado to work at The Wildflower in Vail. In 2002, they packed up and moved to Los Angeles to work under Benjamin Ford at Chadwick. Vinny and Jon went on to found their own catering company called Carmelized Productions which spawned a Food Network show and award-winning cookbook.
They continued to build their foodie empire first in 2008 with the opening of Animal and Son of a Gun soon after in 2011. Trois Mec followed in 2013 with Jon & Vinny’s and Trois Familia opening their doors in 2015. In June of 2016, Vinny appeared alongside top celebrity chefs Anthony Bourdain and Mario Batali to cook at the 2016 (RED) Supper fundraising event in the fight against AIDS.
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