Chef Michael Lachowicz
From the age of three, Chef Michael Lachowicz was enthralled with the kitchen, as he found himself peeling potatoes in his grandfather’s little family restaurant in Chicago. By the age of thirteen, he was working full-time at an area hotel and from there, at seventeen, he was off to New York to attend the prestigious, Culinary Institute of America. It was while attending CIA that Michael was introduced to the kitchen of Maxime Ribera, a member of the Maitre Cusinier de France. Michael studied under Chef Ribera for two years before returning to Chicago for a three-year stay at Le Francais in Wheeling, IL. It was there that Michael found his passion and honed his skills with sauce work under the careful direction of the famed, Jean Banchet and later Roland Liccioni.
After his stay at Le Francais, Michael took on the position of Sous Chef for Café La Cave Restaurant in Des Plaines, IL. Shortly after that, it was off to France to work for a friend at a restaurant in Lyon by the name of “Pierre Orsi.” Michael returned to the states after six months and took the position as Chef de Cuisine at the Highwood restaurant, Allouette. He and his brother decided to take a leap of faith, and together, opened the highly regarded and awarded, Les Deux Gros, in Glen Ellyn, IL. Les Deux Gros received countless awards and accolades, including four stars and Restaurant of the Year in 2002 from the Chicago Sun Times. They received three and a half stars and “Chef to Watch” from the Chicago Tribune, three stars and ranking of number eleven of twenty in the top restaurants from Chicago Magazine in 2002. Additionally, the restaurant was recognized in several pieces placed in Bon Appetit, Gourmet and Food & Wine magazines to name a few.
In 2006 Chef Michael opened his latest personal creation, Restaurant Michael to critical acclaim. Selected as One of Chicago’s 20 Best New Restaurants for 2006 by Chicago Magazine, the Chicago Sun-Times critic Pat Bruno gave it three and a half stars, with three stars from Chicago Tribune critic Phil Vettel and a perfect 20/20 from WGN TV’s and North Shore Magazines dining critic Sherman Kaplan.
In 2007 Wine Spectator magazine awarded Restaurant Michael its coveted Award of Excellence and in 2008, Chef Michael was name Chef of the Year, by The International Wine & Food Society, the world’s oldest and most renowned gastronomic society, with over 8,000 members in 130 countries.
Chef Michael has personally design all the food offerings for Allure, insuring that from the simplest gastro pub entries in the Café to the extravagant creations of Members Dining every dish will be of the finest quality and flavors.
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