This is the first person story of Michael Chow a celebrity restaurateur, painter, actor and all around creative force whose mission is to unite culinary arts with creative arts.
Michael Chow is the son of Chinese national treasure and legendary Peking Opera Grand Master, Zhou Xing Fang. Michael who was born in Shanghai, left for an English boarding school at thirteen. He then went on to Saint Martin School of Design and studied architecture. In his early twenties, while he struggled to succeed as a painter, Michael realized the need to bridge the East and West and to demonstrate the greatness of China. So he opened his first restaurant in Knightsbridge, London on February 14, 1968. Beverly Hills soon followed in 1974, Midtown New York 57th Street in 1978, TriBeCa Downtown New York in 2006, South Beach Miami in 2009, his second location in California, Malibu in 2012, his seventh at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas opened in 2015 and in 2016 his eight restaurant opened in Mexico City.
Michael Chow is known to many for not only his star studded restaurants, but a man that has captured the imagination of artists such as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, David Hockney, Jean Michel Basquiat, Helmut Newton, and Ed Ruscha.