Michael Lomonaco graduated with a culinary degree from New York City Technical College in 1984. From there, he went to Le Cirque, where he worked as a line cook under Daniel Boulud and Alain Sailhac from 1986 to 1987. Next, Lomonaco took on the role of Sous Chef at the 21 Club in New York, where he stayed until moving onto Windows on the World.
In 1997, Lomonaco became the Executive Chef/Director of Windows on the World, which was located on the 106 and 107th floors of the North Tower of the World Trade Center. When he took over, Lomonaco shifted the menu in the main dining room from classical French to New American fare.
After the events of September 11th, Lomonaco acted as a consulting chef for a number of restaurants, including American Girl Café and Guastavinos in New York. Six years later, in 2006, he opened Porter House in the Time Warner Center.
Lomonaco was the host of the Food Network show, Michael’s Place for three seasons and is the author of The "21" Cookbook and Nightly Specials: 125 Recipes for Spontaneous, Creative Cooking at Home.
Culinary Style: New American
Restaurants: Porter House
Did You Know? Chef Lomonaco was a SAG card-carrying actor for seven years.