A Michelin-starred chef before the age of 30, Christopher Kostow takes a thoughtful approach to food that belies his age. Drawing upon his own American upbringing but more importantly the bounty of the surrounding valley, Kostow creates a transcendent experience for diners every night at The Restaurant at Meadowood.
Kostow, a Chicago native, trained in kitchens far and wide: from a Paris bistro to the Michelin-starred Le Jardin des Sens in Montpellier. Upon returning to the States, Kostow worked as sous chef under Daniel Humm in San Francisco. He soon became top toque at Chez TJ in Mountain View, CA, garnering the restaurant many accolades including two Michelin stars and a coveted spot on Food & Wine’s list of Top Ten Dishes of the Year in 2007.
Upon arriving at Meadowood in February of 2008, Christopher maintained two Michelin Stars, was nominated for Best Chef, Pacific, by the James Beard Society and named as one of Food & Wine Magazine’s Best New Chefs 2009. In February of 2010, Christopher garnered a rare four stars in the San Francisco Chronicle and in October was awarded the highest ranking of three Michelin Stars from the esteemed Guide. Christopher is only the second American-born chef and third youngest chef ever to receive three Michelin stars. In October 2014, his first book; A New Napa Cuisine, will be published by Ten Speed Press.