Best Chef, General Excellence in Boston

2013 Best Chef, General Excellence

Jason Bond, Bondir

Cambridge

Bond showcases New England’s bounty like no one else in town, dreaming up quirky-beautiful dishes that feature lesser-known flora, like calaminth, angelica root, and carrot-shaped Shunkyo radishes. And if Bond…Read More

2012 Best Chef, General Excellence

Coppa

Boston

We didn’t need last year’s Food & Wine accolades to tell us that Jamie Bissonnette rocks. The famously inked chef drives the two hottest spots in town—Toro and Coppa (co-owned…Read More

2011 Best Chef, General Excellence

Jamie Bissonnette, Coppa

Boston

He’s pushed diners’ expectations at kitchens across the city, from Tremont 647 and Clio to Pigalle and Toro. Then, at Coppa, Bissonnette got us all comfy—nay, obsessed—with eating as many…Read More

2010 Best Chef, General Excellence

Tony Maws, Craigie On Main

Cambridge

Reality-show appearances? Nope. Cookbooks? Not yet. Restaurants? Just one. In the era of the celebrity chef, Tony Maws is the rare example of a guy who just wants to cook….Read More

2006 Best Chef, General Excellence

Tony Maws, Craigie On Main

Cambridge

Tony Maws is the anticelebrity chef. Undistracted by fame and fortune, he is laser focused on ferreting out the finest ingredients from local farms and transforming them in his cramped…Read More

2005 Best Chef, General Excellence

Barbara Lynch

Boston

The story of this Southie native turned nationally recognized chef is well known, but Lynch’s seven years of consistently excellent food and service have proven she’s no flash in the…Read More

2004 Best Chef, General Excellence

Michael Schlow

Boston

Being a great chef isn’t just about respecting good ingredients or cooking with passion. It’s also about being a good manager and building relationships with the guests you serve. Michael…Read More

2003 Best Chef, General Excellence

Ken Oringer, Clio

Boston

Oringer is fast becoming the Tom Hanks of Best of Boston. Oringer has captured the best-chef nod in three of the past four years—and the year he didn’t win, his…Read More

2002 Best Chef, General Excellence

Ken Oringer, Clio

Boston

Of the many honors chef Ken Oringer has won (a James Beard Award among them), this year’s nod as one of People magazine’s most eligible bachelors was perhaps the most…Read More

2001 Best Chef, General Excellence

Steve Johnson, The Blue Room

Cambridge

There is something to be said for dependability. In Steve Johnson’s case, it’s knowing that every time you visit his restaurant, you’ll be served a meal that is simply outstanding….Read More

2000 Best Chef, General Excellence

Ken Oringer, Clio

Boston

From behind the range at the haute Clio restaurant in the Eliot Hotel, chef Ken Oringer has managed to create masterpieces of the culinary variety. He is an avant-garde artist….Read More

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