For more than 34 years, Michael and Kim McCarty together have contributed dynamically to the culinary and artistic scenes in both Los Angeles and New York.
Michael McCarty has been called the father of contemporary California cuisine and is one of America’s most widely respected restaurateurs. In 1979, at the age of 25, he founded Michael's restaurant in Santa Monica, California, which remains one of the most acclaimed, popular restaurants in the United States—as does Michael's New York, which opened in 1989. Both restaurants are renowned for their fresh, seasonal, contemporary American cuisine and award-winning wine lists featuring over 800 labels from around the world—including the latest vintages from The Malibu Vineyard, which surrounds the McCartys' home on a hillside overlooking the Pacific. Michael has also shared his approach to food, wine, and entertaining in two cookbooks, most recently Welcome to Michael's.
Michael earned diplomas from the Ecole Hotelière, the Cordon Bleu, and the Academy du Vin in Paris, and then, in 1974, returned to the States and attended Cornell's Summer Hotel Program. He went on to complete a BA in the Business and Art of Gastronomy from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Kim McCarty received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena (BFA) and a Master of Fine Arts degree from UCLA. Her solo exhibitions and projects have included Morgan Lehman Gallery (New York), Santa Monica Museum of Art, Santa Monica, CA David Klein Gallery (Detroit), Lightbox Gallery (Los Angeles), Cherry and Martin (Los Angeles).
Group exhibitions have included the Aldrich Museum of Art, Ridgefield, Connecticut, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, Showstudio (London), Dominique Fiat Gallery Paris, and the Pasadena Museum of Art. Kim's works are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, UCLA's Hammer Museum, and the Honolulu Museum of Art.
The McCartys split their time between Los Angeles and New York City. Devoted followers and patrons of the arts, they are deeply involved in leading museums and other arts organizations in both Los Angeles and Manhattan, and they also actively participate in and contribute to charitable organizations including both the Coalition for the Homeless and the Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP).
The McCartys have two grown children. Daughter Clancy is a documentary filmmaker and manager of special projects at Every Mother Counts.
Son Chas is a writer and a musician.