Michael Schlow – Executive Chef and co-owner of Radius and Via Matta – is recognized as one of the leading chefs in the United States. Schlow, with long-time business partner and friend Christopher Meyers, opened Radius in January 1999 and have succeeded in creating what Boston Magazine calls the "Best Restaurant" and "Best Power Lunch" in Boston. Other accolades for Radius include being recognized as one of the top "25 Best American Restaurants in 2001" by Gourmet Magazine, "Best New Restaurant of 2000" by Food & Wine Magazine and "Best New Restaurants in America" by Esquire Magazine in 1999. In May of 2000, Schlow won the distinguished James Beard Award of Excellence for "Best Chef in the Northeast." Recently, Via Matta was named one of "America's Best Best Restaurants" in the October 2002 issue of Gourmet Magazine and "Best New Restaurants in America" In the November issue of Esquire Magazine.
Featuring a very personal style of modern French cuisine, Radius is one of the most popular and highly acclaimed restaurants in Boston. In the first six months of operation, Schlow was lauded by Boston Magazine and The Improper Bostonian as "Best Chef" in Boston.
Building on the success of Radius, Schlow and Myers opened Via Matta in June 2002 in Boston's thriving Back Bay. Featuring the authentic cuisine of the Italian regions of Piedmont, Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna, Schlow and Myers have created a one-of-a-kind authentic Italian culinary experience devoted to the fun-loving, easy, eclectic spirit of Italy.
After completing his training at the Academy of Culinary Arts in New Jersy, Schlow began his career with renowned NewYork restaurateur Pino Luongo and immediately adopted a commitment to the elegance and simplicity of true Tuscan cooking.
Less is more became a trademark. Schlow went on the become Chef de Cuisine at Manhattan hot spots, Coco Pazzo and Le Madri, and eventually, after studying under Chef Mark Straussman (Campagna, New York City), became Executive Chef at famed Long Island institution, Sapore di Mare.
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. After his years in The Hamptons, Chef Schlow moved back to Manhattan and opened Ariel & Michael to much critical acclaim. Further maturing at Craig Shelton's New Jersey Ryland Inn, helped finesse Schlow's early education. He remains a devotee of Shelton, Jean-Louis Palladin and Joel Robuchon.
At the urging of Myers, Schlow moved to Boston in 1995 to reopen Café Louis. After a 3-year stint at Café Louis, where Schlow garnered nearly every culinary distinction imaginable, including Boston Magazine's "Best New Chef in Boston," and Food & Wine's "Best New Chefs in America," Schlow and Myers Turned up the heat on their larger plan to open Radius.
The accolades, which welcomed Radius, solidified Schlow's Culinary reputation and brought him to national attention. As a result, Schlow has made numerous television appearances on network and cable food programs, most recently the CBS Morning Show. His presence has also been requested at several prestigious culinary events including Gourmet Magazine's Bermuda Culinary Arts Festival and the upcoming World Gourmet Summit in Singapore. He participates in numerous benefits and charities and annually returns to New Jersey for A Dinner of Hope, a black-tie affair benefiting children with AIDS. He has twice been invited to cook at the James Beard House, and is most proud of twice cooking dinner for Julia Child on her birthday.
Michael resides In Westwood, Massachusetts.
Career Distinctions:Via Matta, Boston, MA
2002 - present Chef/Co-Owner
Radius, Boston, MA
1999 - 1998 Chef/Co-Owner
Café Louis, Boston, MA
1995 – 1998 Executive Chef; co-developer
Ryland Inn, Whitehouse, NJ
1994 – 1995 Guest Chef – 3 months
La Cucina, Somerville, NJ
1993 – 1994 Executive Chef
Ariel & Michael, New York, NY
1992 – 1993 Executive Chef; Co-developer
75 Main, Southampton, NY
1991 – 1992 Executive Chef; Co-developer
Sapore de Mare, Easthampton, NY
1989 – 1991 Executive Chef; Chef de Cuisine; Sous Chef
Le Madri, New York, NY
1989 – 1991 Chef de Cuisine
Coco Pazzo, New York, NY
1989 – 1991 Chef de Cuisine
Best Restaurant/General Excellence for Radius. Boston Magazine, 2002
Best Power Lunch for Radius. Boston Magazine, 2002
Best Wines.Spirits Dinner Menu in New England for Radius. Sante Magazine, 2002
One of the 50 Best American Restaurants for Radius. Gourmet Magazine, 2001
100 Most influential People in Boston. Boston Magazine, 2001
Chef of the Year. Sante Magazine, 2000
Best Chef in the Northeast. James Beard Award of Excellence, 2000
Robert Mondavi Culinary Award of Excellence, 2000
4-STAR Award for Outstanding Achievement in Service, Elegance & Quality for Radius. Mobile Travel Guide, 2000
Best New Restaurant for Radius. Food & Wine, 2000
Best New Restaurants in America for Radius. Esquire Magazine, 1999
Best Chef in the City. Boston Magazine, 1999
Best Chef in the City. Improper Bostonian, 1999
4-STAR for Radius; Matt Schaffer. Boston Herald, 1999
3.5-STARS for Radius; Alison Arnet. Boston Globe, 1999
Top 50 Most Exciting Restaurants in the World for Radius. Conde Nast Traveler, 1999
Best New Chefs in America. Food & Wine, 1996