Christopher Kostow Embraces Hearth Cooking at The Charter Oak

Danny Bonvissuto

Christopher Kostow isn’t subtle about his fascination with fire: The chef/owner of The Charter Oak in Napa Valley has a 20-foot hearth in the dining room. 

“Fire doesn’t need translation,” says Kostow, who’s also executive chef at the nearby three Michelin-starred Restaurant at Meadowood. “This restaurant is intended for everybody, and it seemed like a really good place to start.” 

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