Christopher Kostow, the chef who won two stars in the prestigious Michelin restaurant guide while at Mountain View's Chez TJ, has now earned three stars as the chef of the Restaurant at Meadowood in the Napa Valley.
The owner of Chez TJ may be kicking himself for letting Kostow go, as the Mountain View restaurant remains at one star, one of 36 in the Bay Area to have the honor of the guide's lowest rating. One star means "a very good restaurant in its category," according to the guide.
Meanwhile, Bruno Chemel, the chef who followed Kostow and who was "incapable of earning two stars," according to Chez TJ owner George Aviet, has won a star of his own for his solo venture, Baume in Palo Alto.
The Restaurant at Meadowood joins the French Laundry as the only three star restaurants in the Bay Area.