Born and raised in Miami, Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli has dedicated his career to championing Miami’s culinary scene and inflecting his Argentine and Italian heritage into the city’s rich melting pot of food and culture. He is the first-ever Miami contestant to win Food Network’s Chopped which quickly followed with a ranking on Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30 in 2012. In addition to having been recognized by the James Beard Foundation, he was as a semifinalist for Rising Star Chef in 2013, a nominee for Food & Wine’s “The People’s Best New Chef” in 2014 and a semifinalist for Best Chef: South in 2015, as well as 2016.
Rapicavoli trained under Miami chefs Adam Votaw and Robin Haas before becoming executive chef at Chispa Doral at just 21. He honed his skills during a three-year executive chef stint at 660 at The Angler’s Miami Beach before opening his famed pop-up Eating House in Coral Gables in 2012. After the success of the pop-up, Rapicavoli reopened the same concept as a standalone restaurant which is currently celebrating its nine year anniversary. In 2015, Rapicavoli partnered with the culinary firm Grove Bay Hospitality Group to open Glass & Vine in Coconut Grove’s iconic Peacock Park, where his flavorful menu reflects his culinary and cultural tour of Europe.
In September 2019, Rapicavoli opened Eating House’s second outpost in the Time Out Market Miami, followed by Grails Restaurant in Wynwood in October and Spanglish Kitchen & Bar in Wynwood in November. Today, Rapicavoli has just opened the doors to his highly anticipated second project under his Shake and Bake Hospitality Group, Luca Osteria, named after his 2 year old son, which is situated on Giralda Avenue’s ‘Restaurant Row’ in Coral Gables.