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Michael Leviton, Chef/Owner
Michael Leviton has worked with some of the world's top chefs and finest restaurants including: Joyce Goldstein at Square One, Alain Rondelli at Ernie's, Gilbert Le Coze, Francois Payard and Eric Ripert at Le Bernadin, Elka Gilmore at Liberté and Elka, and Daniel Boulud at Le Cirque. In 1996, Leviton moved back to Boston to serve as Executive Chef at UpStairs at the Pudding. In February 1999, he opened Lumière in his hometown of Newton, MA. In just a short period of time, Lumière has become one of the best restaurants in the Boston area. Leviton's culinary artistry has won him praise from many of the giants in the culinary world as well as numerous awards including Best New Chefs in America for 2000, Food & Wine; Best New Restaurant to open in 1999, Bon Appetit; Best New Restaurant and Best New Chef, Boston Magazine, 1999; Gourmet Magazine’s Best Restaurant in America, 2002; The Saveur 100, 2002; a mention in Alan Richman’s Perfect Meal Column in GQ, 2002; Distinguished Restaurants of North America (DiRoNA), 2005, 2006 and 2007; as well as Best of Boston Awards from Boston Magazine in 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2006.