Maurilio Garola was born in 1958 in the town of Avigliana, Italy, a little west of Torino. He did not attend formal school to be a chef, but instead is self-taugh, through personal experience.

He started this education working at Gastronomia Castagno di Torino, almost as a joke, but he soon found his calling in the kitchen. In 1989, after 10 years working and gathering experience at various locations, he opened his first restaurant, called la Ciau. In 1997, he moved the restaurant to Treiso, near Alba, where it is now located, under the name La Ciao del Tornavento.

In 1996 he was awarded a star from the Michelin Guide, which he has held ever since. He has also been recognized for excellence by The Wine Spectator for 2002 and 2003.






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