CHEF OF THE MONTH
- Michael Schlow
Boston his home-away-from-home, Schlow trained in a handful of restaurants
in the New York area. He devoted a great deal of his culinary career
to developing his skills in classic Italian cooking. His career
began with renowned New York restaurateur Pino Luongo where he immediately
adopted a commitment to the elegance and simplicity of true Tuscan
cooking. Chef Schlow went on to become the Chef de Cuisine at Manhattan
hotspots, Coco Pazzo and Le Madri and eventually became Executive
Chef at famed Long Island restaurant, Sapore di Mare. Chef Schlow
continued to develop a commitment to proper technique and to the
purity of Tuscan cooking at 75 Main, a restaurant and gourmet market
in the Hamptons, adding Asian and French influences to his cooking.
In 1995, at
the urging of long-time friend Christopher Meyers, Schlow moved
to Boston, kicking and screaming, to reopen Café Louis. After
a 3-year stint there, where Schlow garnered nearly every culinary
distinction imaginable, including Boston Magazine's "Best New
Chef in Boston" and Food and Wine's "Top 10 New Chefs
in the Country," Schlow and Meyers turned the heat up on their
Radius, Schlow's second joint venture with Meyers in Boston, the
praise keeps coming. Featuring a very personal style of modern French
cuisine, Radius has become one of the most popular and highly acclaimed
restaurants to ever open in Boston. Radius was named one of the
50 best American restaurants in the September, 2001 issue of Gourmet
and Best New Restaurant in 2000 by Food & Wine Magazine. The
restaurant, described by one critic as "stylish, streamlined,
and sophisticated," and was named "Top 50 Most Exciting
Restaurants in the World" by Conde Nast Traveler.
Schlow and Meyers
have now opened Via Matta, in Boston's Back Bay area, where Schlow
can return to his first great love in the kitchen: Italian cuisine.
Schlow says of his intentions behind the menu, "We want diners
to experience the freshness and authenticity of Italian cuisine."
With his tight
network of friends and co-workers and two acclaimed restaurants
in the city of the Red Sox, Schlow grudgingly calls Westwood, MA
his home, but remains a die-hard Yankees fan.