The course of Chef Michael Lomonaco’s career traces the thread of New American cuisine and the evolution of the New York dining scene over the last few decades. In the mid 1980s, Lomonaco worked under Chefs Alain Sailhac and Daniel Boulud at Le Cirque. By 1989, he was playing a major role in the revitalization of the old New York establishment 21 Club. And in 1997, Lomonaco was appointed executive chef of Windows on the World, where he oversaw multiple establishments. These included Latin Night, where he was able to indulge his passion for Latin American cuisine and culture (something he now carries on as a consulting chef at Noche).
Lomonaco has not only participated in culinary evolutions behind the scenes. A former actor, Lomonaco is a natural in front of the camera, and he made a seamless transition from chef to host as the country’s interest in food television blossomed. Beyond his own show, “Michael’s Place,” which aired on the Food Network, Lomonaco was co-host of “Epicurious,” the Discovery Channel’s cooking program, and he’s made the daytime and late-night talk show rounds.
But even when the cameras stop rolling, Lomonaco is still sharing—and cooking. Currently a visiting distinguished professor at City University's New York Technical College, Lomonaco participates regularly in cooking demonstrations and charitable food and wine events for organizations like Share our Strength, City Harvest, and the March of Dimes. He’s also a primary founder of the Windows of Hope Family Relief Fund, which has gathered nationwide support. And with the 2006 opening of reimagined steakhouse, Porter House, Lomonaco rejoined the ranks of the New York City restaurant scene he had seen—and helped—usher into maturity.