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At a glance:Michael Lomonaco is the Chef & Partner of the highly respected and successful restaurant Porter House Bar and Grill along with his piano-cocktail lounge Center Bar. He is an original star of Food Network, a food and travel host on Discovery and Travel channels, and was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at CUNY. An esteemed veteran of American cooking and the New York restaurant scene, Michael has helmed some of NYC’s most iconic kitchens including ‘21’, Windows on the World, Wild Blue, Noche and Guastavino’s. His philanthropic work has made him a leader in the restaurant community and his hometown NYC.
Widely regarded as a Chef’s Chef, Michael is one of America’s Most Recognizable Culinary Leaders. Having spent his career in some of New York’s most respected restaurants, he promotes an welcoming atmosphere of warm hospitality alongside his modern American cooking. Michael is known for dishes that feature pristine ingredients prepared with joy and gusto.
Michael Lomonaco is the Chef & Partner of the highly respected and successful restaurant Porter House Bar and Grill, and Center Bar, a mixologist’s dream. He is an original star of Food Network, spent 8 years as a noted food and travel host on Discovery and Travel Channels, and has taught cooking classes throughout the US. In 2002 Michael was appointed Distinguished Visiting Professor at New York’s CUNY. Equally at home in front of a University lecture hall, on a frenetic TV studio set, or up close and personal in your virtual kitchen, Michael inspires us with lively and warm personality, quips and tips on cooking, wine, music. Ask him where to find the best of anything, anywhere!
Throughout his long culinary career Michael has always been involved and engaged in community service. He has served on the advisory boards of many food and hunger related non-profits including Share Our Strength, City Harvest, C-CAP. Following the tragic aftermath of 9/11, he co-founded Windows of Hope, a 501-C3 charity which raised millions of dollars for the benefit of families of the food service workers who perished at the World Trade Center. Service to others is a hallmark of his culinary ethos, the gift of hospitality through which Michael uses food to do more than feed those around him.
Within his leadership keynotes and interactive cooking classes, Chef Lomonaco provides a unique perspective on adapting, adjusting, creating and delivering the gift of hospitality to customers and employees alike in any fast-paced environment, regardless of the circumstance or industry. His approach to hospitality, the gift we give others, is what all businesses need most in customer relations, staff and team-building, and how we can best represent ourselves to the world around us.
Kitchen Sessions: Inspired LeadershipAs a chef and restaurateur, Michael Lomonaco knows that while there is no single "recipe for success," there are certainly key ingredients that need to be present to succeed. Through his years of dedication and innovation in his restaurants and in the hospitality industry as a whole, Michael's well established reputation for thoughtful leadership is based on inclusiveness and kindness. His firmly held belief that enabling and empowering others to develop their own goals and harness their "inner entrepreneur" propels businesses from merely surviving to thriving achievements. His commitment to "doing the work" shows through his engagement in mentorship and his support of his industry and community.
The Human Spirit: Managing Crises with Resilience, Creativity & CompassionThe unexpected challenges that life brings to everyone often create chaos and uncertainty. Throughout his own journey, Michael Lomonaco has faced life's situations with a strong foundation of belief in human inner strength, Stoic acceptance and determination. This practical philosophy has allowed him to rise to the occasion with compassion for others while maintaining mindfulness. In this frank and entertaining dialogue, Michael shares his personal and professional experiences to inspire audiences to live with resilience, strength, courage and to enrich their lives with the creative spirit at its core.
"Roundtables"Bringing people together is the essence of hospitality. Michael Lomonaco draws on his experiences to bring people together through food, culture and conversation. Michael works directly with clients to create interactive culinary experiences on any topic such as wine, coffee, olive oil, pastries, grilling…you name it. You will have the opportunity to cook along or just relax and learn. Customized culinary gifts upon request. In person or virtual.
Partnering with Gotham Artists Creative, a division of Gotham Artists, Michael works directly with clients to create engaging and interactive culinary experiences. Attendees have the opportunity to cook and chat with Michael while creating a wonderful meal for themselves and their family. Gotham Creative manages all of the fulfillment needs associated with your event - sourcing, packaging, and delivering all of the ingredients for a masterful event. It's a can't-miss experience!
Michael Lomonaco tells a story that is captivating, heartbreaking, and even life changing. He adds color to what humanity really means in our daily lives and he challenges us to re-evaluate the relationships we have with our family, our peers and coworkers, our neighbors, and our customers.He is a natural presenter, highly engaging, and authentic to the core. There's hardly an event or audience that wouldn't benefit from hearing him speak.
— Heartland Payment Systems
Chef Michael was great to work with and very entertaining for all our guests. One of my favorite parts about working with Michael was how he told stories to our guests in between cooking. Through the planning process, Michael was super creative and organized. I appreciated his optimism and flexibility with all my crazy ideas!
— Yext International
The live stream with Chef Michael went great! A ton of questions and engagements and a great way to start off the series! He made it look easy.
— Decoded Advertising
Michael was a fantastic addition to the VISA x Hudson Yards series. He did a great job during the live demo and the viewers were loving him.
— VISA Sponsorship Marketing
What a treat it was to virtually cook with Michael in his kitchen! He was so generous with advice and tips and was such a natural. Michael was very accessible to the audience and a warm and wonderful storyteller. The whole experience was just so enjoyable and we can't wait to work with him again
— First Republic Bank Strategic Partnerships