Michael Lomonaco

Chef

New York City

New York chef Michael Lomonaco has been a staple on the city’s dining scene for decades and has worked at some of its best restaurants, including Le Cirque and the ‘21’ Club. In 1997, he was appointed head chef of the Windows on the World, which was located on the 106th and 107th floors of the North Tower of the World Trade Center and one of the most popular spots in the city. Lomonaco narrowly escaped the Sept. 11 attacks, but lost 79 members of his staff when the North Tower fell. In the wake of the tragedy, he co-founded the Windows of Hope Family Relief Fund to support restaurant workers' families. Five years later in 2006, he opened Porter House New York at the Time Warner Center, a traditional steakhouse, and in 2012 he launched Center Bar lounge, featuring small plates, wines and cocktails.