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 continues to paint which is his true passion and is also working on a film that he has written and will direct.