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An eight-time James Beard Foundation Award nominee, recipient of awards from Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, Gourmet and Saveur, National Board Chair of the Chefs Collaborative and featured thought-leader in Boston magazine’s 2014 Power of Ideas issue, Michael Leviton is a chef dedicated to the simple and pure preparation of local and sustainable ingredients in harmony with the seasons.
After working alongside some of the world’s best chefs in New York City and San Francisco, including Joyce Goldstein at Square One and Daniel Boulud at Le Cirque, Leviton returned to his hometown of Newton in 1999 and opened Lumière. A celebrated neighborhood bistro, Lumière quickly became known as one of the best restaurants in the Boston area. In Lumière’s first two years in business, the restaurant was recognized as one of the Best New Restaurants in America by Bon Appétit, and Leviton was named a Best New Chef by Food & Wine.
Sixteen years since opening and countless accolades later, Leviton continued his work at Lumière, where he maintained his lifelong passion for local ingredients and sustainability. This dedication resulted in his four-year term (2010-2014) as Chair of Chefs Collaborative, a national nonprofit network of chefs committed to local foods and fostering a sustainable food supply.
In late spring of 2011, Leviton opened Area Four, a wood-burning oven/bar and attached coffeehouse/bakery in Cambridge’s tech-driven neighborhood of the same name, with restaurateur Michael Krupp and Chef Jeff Pond. Over the next several years, he continued to expand upon the Area Four brand, bringing life to spinoffs including the piadini-focused A4 Truck and the hip, Somerville based A4 Pizza. Modern and minimalistic in both menu and design, Leviton viewed the Area Four projects a natural evolution of his dining philosophy, and worked tirelessly to realize his goal of sustainable food served in an egalitarian setting. Each property earned local and national recognition for serving highest quality product, sourced locally and all scratch made, at a price point and in a setting that is accessible to all.
In 2015, after nearly a decade of collaborating to bring creative, sustainable projects to the forefront of the Boston dining scene, Leviton parted ways with his Area Four and A4 Pizza business partner, Michael Krupp. Leviton also parted ways with Lumière in late 2015. He is now dedicating time to his family, as well as his commitment to education around the importance of creating a sustainable food system that will benefit chefs and diners alike.