Chef Michael Leviton of Area Four - Biography

Cambridge, MA

February 2012

Michael Leviton has worked on both the East and West Coasts with some of the world's top chefs including: Joyce Goldstein at Square One, Alain Rondelli at Ernie's, Gilbert Le Coze, Francois Payard, and Eric Ripert at Le Bernadin, Elka Gilmore at Liberté and Elka, and Daniel Boulud at Le Cirque.

In 1996, Leviton moved back to Boston to serve as executive chef at UpStairs at the Pudding. In February 1999, he opened Lumière in his hometown of Newton, MA. In just a short period of time, Lumière has become one of the best restaurants in the Boston area. Leviton's culinary artistry has won him praise from many of the giants in the culinary world as well as numerous awards including “Best New Chefs in America” in 2000 from Food & Wine, The Saveur 100 in 2002, and numerous “Best of Boston Awards” from Boston Magazine. Leviton opened his more casual Area Four in Cambridge in summer 2011.