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A restaurateur who's an artist outside the kitchen
A restaurateur who's an artist outside the kitchen

The guests have hung their coats by the indoor swimming pool of a 23rd-floor penthouse overlooking Beijing's iconic Bird's Nest stadium. In the apartment's soaring atrium, designed like a traditional courtyard home, a chef carves roast duck alongside banquet tables stacked with sushi, lobster and Chinese cuisine. Koi swish silently in a pond, beneath a tree illuminated with tasteful uplights. From a balcony perched above the indoor garden, Chinese melodies waft from a group of female musicians. As he takes the floor to speak, the man of the hour, L.A.-based restaurateur-to-the-stars Michael Chow, seems both at home amid his host's posh surroundings and on unfamiliar...

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