Michael Chow is the son of Chinese national treasure and legendary Peking Opera Grand Master, Zhou Xing Fang. Michael who was born in Shanghai, left for an English boarding school at thirteen. He then went on to Saint Martin School of Design and studied architecture. In his early twenties, while he struggled to succeed as a painter, Michael realized the need to bridge the East and West and to demonstrate the greatness of China. So he opened his first restaurant in Knightsbridge, London on February 14, 1968. Beverly Hills soon followed in 1974, Midtown New York 57th Street in 1978, TriBeCa Downtown New York in 2006, South Beach Miami in 2009, and most recently his second location in California, Malibu.
MR CHOW is known to many for not only his star studded restaurants, but a man that has captured the imagination of artists such as Andy Warhol, Keith Haring, David Hockney, Jean Michel Basquiat, Helmut Newton, and Ed Ruscha.
Prior to opening his first restaurant, Michael worked as a designer and in 1965 designed Smith and Hawes hairdressing salon on London’s Sloane Ave. He continued to design boutiques and restaurants in London. In the 80’s when Giorgio Armani went to MR CHOW in New York, he was so impressed by Michael’s architectural design that he sent tuxedos for all of his waiters to use. Michael then designed Armani’s Rodeo Drive Boutique in 1987 and again in 1999 for the Giorgio Armani boutique in Las Vegas. hotel, The Bellagio. Michael designs all of MR CHOW restaurants with original Arts and Lalique glass doors, which are still unique and modern. But his greatest work is his Los Angeles home which took seven years to design and build.
In 1992, Michael married Eva Chun, a fashion designer and painter. Together they have a daughter named Asia. Michael also has a daughter, China and son, Maximillian from a previous marriage.
Recently, Michael Chow has been appointed as one of the 12 member board of governors called “The Broad” for Eli and Edythe Broad’s three story $130 million dollar Contemporary Art Museum in downtown Los Angeles scheduled to open in mid-2014.
Together with his wife Eva, who is one of the Board of Trustees at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Michael continues to be an avid collector of contemporary art and art deco furniture among other objects.
Currently, Michael Chow, the Artist known as Zhou, YingHua continues to paint. He had his first exhibition in mainland China at the Ullens Center of Comtemporary Art, Beijing in honor of his father's 120th Anniversary "Voice For My Father" and at the Power Station Art in Shanghai. YingHua's exhibition will open in February 2016 at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, PA. In April 2016, The New York Academy of Art "TriBeCa Ball" will be honoring Eva & Michael Chow.
Beverly Hills: Circa 1974
Opened in 1974, MR CHOW started in London in 1968 and continues to enjoy generations of devoted clients from art, fashion, music, and entertainment. Art, celebrity and superb cuisine all blend together in this stylish restaurant in the heart of Beverly Hills.
NYC - 57th St
NYC – 57th Street: Circa 1979
Opened in 1979, the restaurant described by Givenchy as a “Precious Jewel Box” is one of the most beautiful and successful restaurants in New York City. Over the years, it has become famous for hosting some of New York’s most exciting and important parties for museums, artists and fashion houses.
NYC - Tribeca
NYC – Tribeca: Circa 2006
Opened in 2006, this is the second post in NYC to the original on 57th Street. Mr Chow’s latest & hippest NYC location attracts clients from the music, art and fashion industries. The Dining Room is designed in black and white lacquer with original artworks by Julian Schnabel, Andy Warhol and Helmut Newton.
Miami: Circa 2009
Opened in August of 2009 in the “W” Hotel South Beach, MR CHOW’s international clientele have found its classics along with new and creative recipes. Located directly at the beach, the restaurant features indoor and outdoor private rooms, a spacious outside dining patio and interior bar and lounge.
CAESARS PALACE LAS VEGAS: CIRCA 2015
Opened in 2015 in Caesars Palace. Mr Chow's seventh location features modern and classic decor highlighted with interesting and one of a kind elements. The restaurant features a suspended centerpiece kinetic sculpture unlike anything currently in Las Vegas. The restaurant is located on the second story overlooking the breathtaking Garden of Gods Pool Oasis seating more than 250, terrace seating, and three private dining spaces.