the Chef Agency

the Chef Agency (TCA) is the leading executive search firm serving the Food + Beverage industry. Our agents identify talent for all your corporate, Front + Back of House positions. 

TCA assists hotels, casinos, restaurants, food halls, supermarkets and private clubs…if you serve food, we can serve you!

Eat. Drink. Recruit. Repeat.

At the helm of the Chef Agency you will find Michael Vigna, a 25 year staffing and recruiting veteran. Under Michael’s direction, the Chef Agency has quickly grown to become the leading executive search firm in U.S. Michael’s extensive track record includes working with the restaurant industry’s top restaurant operators across such iconic brands as Wolfgang Puck, TAO Group, Le Cirque and Zuma, while also working with more up and coming stars such as Black Tap and Agern. Michael is known for building dynamic industry leading recruiting teams that exceed expectations souring the best talent. Having worked with National and International staffing organizations, along with startup ventures, Michael understands the importance of servicing clients and collaborating with senior management on the optimal path for them to secure the best talent in the market.



Created by Oscar Farinetti, Eataly is the largest Italian marketplace in the world. From the opening of the first location in Turin in 2007, Eataly’s philosophy has spread to the rest of the world: “Eat, Shop, and Learn.” Under one roof, guests can taste new dishes at the various restaurants, shop for high-quality products in the marketplace, and discover regional Italian culture and cuisine with classes and demonstrations. 

Eataly already has more than 35 locations in Italy, Japan, Dubai, Turkey, Brazil, Denmark, and the United States. Eataly USA is a product of the collaboration between Eataly Italia; B&B Hospitality Group: Mario Batali, Joe, and Lidia Bastianich; and Adam and Alex Saper, brothers and operating partners. There are locations in Boston (2016), Chicago (2012), NYC Flatiron (2010), and NYC Downtown (2016), with stores planned in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and more. 

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Since first partnering in 2009, Chef Andrew Carmellini, Josh Pickard and Luke Ostrom have opened a dynamic and national portfolio of restaurants and culinary services at preeminent hotels, live music venues and major metropolitan sports arenas and airports including Locanda Verde, The Dutch, Joe's Pub and The Library at The Public, Lafayette, Bar Primi, Little Park, Evening Bar, The William Vale, Sagamore Pendry Baltimore and Rye Street Tavern. Known for delivering quality experiences and pertinent culinary culture, each place is a distinctly owned, handcrafted labor of love. To learn more, please visit or