Adrianne Calvo is chef, author, television personality, and restaurateur. Calvo is the owner of the highly acclaimed Chef Adrianne's Vineyard Restaurant and Wine Bar in Miami, Florida and host of Maximum Flavor Live. Calvo has authored two cookbooks, with one on the way. She is also the founder of the Make it Count Foundation. In an intimate interview, Calvo talks about success, business, and adaptation.
The 30-year-old culinary icon is not shy to share her point of view on success. Over a tall cup of coffee at an infamous local chain, Calvo states that she attributes her success to staying focused, making wise choices, most of the time, and staying the course. "There's ten million distractions, and things that can pull you away from your dreams and goals, it takes so much willpower to say no to those things. In the end, you have to know that if it doesn't propel you forward, it's actually holding you back," says Calvo.
"You have to have a lot of faith, and be prepared to sweat a lot," she says. "I didn't have an investor's wallet to run to when things were tight in the beginning. I could only count on my vision and pray to God every day to give me the strength to see it through. If you want to open your own business, do it, but make sure you are ready to undertake a risk that will consume you completely."
Calvo's 60-seater in suburbia has managed to survive the economic fallout of the decade by adapting without compromising. "We worked on a skeleton staff, we offered a discounted menu, but we always kept up our quality, never compromising excellence," she said. "As a business owner, you have to be in a relationship with your business, you have to know it, and know it well, therefore, you learn to adapt. And in adaption lies success."