Christopher Kostow is the critically acclaimed chef of The Restaurant at Meadowood in St. Helena, California and the third youngest chef to ever receive three Michelin stars. Kostow draws upon his own American upbringing and the singular beauty and bounty of the Napa Valley to cook food that is thoughtful, personal, and in concert with his community and collaborators.
Christopher, a Chicago native, graduated from Hamilton College with a degree in philosophy before moving to the kitchen. He has cooked with celebrated chefs such as Trey Foshee of Georges at the Cove in San Diego, Campton Place in San Francisco with Daniel Humm and Le Jardin des Sens in Montepellier, France. After earning two Michelin stars at Chez TJ in Moutain View, Kostow arrived at The Restaurant at Meadwood in 2008. He has since been chosen as one of Food & Wine Magazine’s Best New Chefs in 2009 and holds an award from the James Beard Foundation for Best Chef: Pacific 2013.
Ten Speed Press published Christopher’s debut book, A New Napa Cuisine, in 2014. In 2015, his work was awarded “Book of the Year” by the International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP).
Christopher opened a new casual restaurant, The Charter Oak, in the Napa Valley in late spring 2017. Located in the heart of the Napa Valley, The Charter Oak is centered on a celebratory, family-style dining experience, using simple, approachable and seasonal food. The menu reflects the products of the Napa Valley through an elemental cooking style, with a hearth at it’s center, and by highlighting one or two ingredients at a time.
Christopher lives in St. Helena with his wife Martina, his two daughter’s Daisy and Lulu, his dog Charlie and pet bunny Apple.