On this week's episode of The Jay Jay French Connection: Beyond the Music, Jay Jay chats with his friend chef Michael Lomonaco. Tune in to hear Jay Jay and Michael cover all things New York, the complex relationship between the entertainment and food industries, the current state of the restaurant business, the phenomenon of celebrity-chefs, and much more.
Cal catches up with the man who was Executive Chef and Director of Windows on the World at the top of the World Trade Center during the time of 9/11 to reflect on that tragedy as well as the coronavirus pandemic. Now the owner and chef of Porter House in New York, Michael reveals the spirit and pragmatism we could all use in these times.
Chef Michael Lomonaco's career includes working at some of New York City's iconic restaurants and locations- Le Cirque, 21 Club, Windows on the World and now as Executive Chef at Porter House Bar & Grill (Columbus Circle) and Hudson Yards Grill (Hudson Yards). Chef Lomonaco reflects on growing up in Brooklyn to an Italian-American family, his respect for public education, and his admiration for mentors who inspired him including the late Chef Patrick Clark and legendary restaurateur, Joe Baum.
From '21' to the dear, departed Windows on the World, to his current longtime home at Porter House Bar and Grill, Chef Michael Lomonaco has made a career of finding new registers in the classics of American cuisine. Andrew sat down with his good friend (they collaborated on a book years ago) to discuss the trajectory of Michael's career, how he finds creative expression and satisfaction in the traditional mode he cooks in, and the very personal Italian-American influence that's found its way into his menu in recent years. Here's a thought: If you like what you hear, please tell your chef-fascinated friends, subscribe to Andrew Talks to Chefs (it's free) on iTunes or Stitcher, follow us on your favorite social media platforms @ChefPodcast, and/or rate or review us on Apple's podcast store. Thanks for listening! Andrew Talks to Chefs is powered by Simplecast
Windows on the World to Porter House - Chef Michael Lomonaco Tells All
Sittin' in the Kitchen
Chef Michael Lomonaco opened his steakhouse, Porter House Bar and Grill, in 2006. He was executive chef at Windows on the World on September 11, 2001 and survived by pure chance. He dedicates his work every day to the colleagues and friends he lost on that fateful day. Hear him talk about this and his love of cooking.
Episode 36: Michael Lomonaco, Laura Maniec, & Ryan Sutton
Food Talk with Mike Colameco
Food Talk with Mike Colameco is brought to you by the following generous underwriters: This week on Food Talk with Michael Colameco, host Mike Colameco welcomes Michael Lomonaco, Laura Mania, and Ryan Sutton to the program. Kicking off the show with Chef Michael Lomonaco of Porter House New York, the two chat about Michael’s background and journey through the food scene in New York City. Michael is also involved in the New York City Food and Wine Festival coming up this month and shares a sneak peak of the menu items before departing. Next up, Laura Maniec joins in on Food Talk. Laura is a Master Sommelier, co-founder of Corkbuzz, and is the former Wine and Spirits Director for 20 restaurants across the country. Sharing with Mike about how she traded culinary school for becoming a sommelier, as it turns out, it was happenstance that she fell into the career. Also telling about the difficulty of the tests associated with becoming a master sommelier, such as the blind tasting test where she correctly identified 6 wines based on taste, Laura goes on to share her future plans. In the last segment of the show, Mike welcomes food critic, Ryan Sutton to the program talking about what a day in his life is like. Talking ins and outs of reviewing, at the tail end of the show Ryan admits some of the best food that he’s had the privilege of eating in the past year. “It’s what I love doing more than anything, being right here in New York and being in a restaurant.” [14:15] —Michael Lomonaco on Food Talk “For me, I loved the blind tasting and I never struggled with it… I passed the tasting at 24.” [31:46] —Laura Maniec on Food Talk “Critics offer a dialogue. Critics offer storytelling that’s what, I think ultimately, readers want.” [48:55] —Ryan Sutton on Food Talk
Michael Lomonaco has NYC and Brooklyn in his blood, and he’s here to share his culinary journey on Chef’s Story with Dorothy Cann Hamilton. Tune in and hear what it was like growing up in Bensonhurst in an Italian American family and cooking things like zeppoli and cranberry beans at home. Hear how Michael quit acting to pursue cooking by attending culinary school, and eventually going on to cook at Le Cirque and the 21 Club. Listen in as he recounts his experience as the Executive Chef at Windows on the World at the World Trade Center during 9/11, and describes his current position as Executive Chef/Partner at Porter House NY. This program was sponsored by Brooklyn Slate. “On the job training is great – but it’s not the full immersion that you can get in an academic setting.” [19:28] “Food has become entertainment. Today people don’t buy tickets to a show – they go to a bar or a restaurant and that’s the show.” [27:00] “In order to be free as a creative person – you need to really know your instrument. The French are famous for calling the stove the piano.” [29:30] –Chef Michael Lomonaco on Chef’s Story
Michael Lomonaca joins Katy Keiffer on the 100th episode of The Main Course to talk about something near and dear to every meat lovers heart: steak! Tune in to learn more from the Executive Chef of one of New York’s most celebrated steakhouses, Porter House New York. Michael breaks down his favorite cuts and explains the differences between choice, prime, grassfed, corn finished and dry aged beef. Later on the show, Oran Hesterman, Executive Director of the Ann Arbor-based Fair Food Network, stops by to talk about improving our foodways in this country. This episode was sponsored by Hearst Ranch – the nations largest single source supplier of grassfed and grass finished beef.