Best Chef, Up-and-Coming in Boston


Karen Akunowicz, Myers + Chang


As a fan favorite on Top Chef and a two-time James Beard Award finalist, Myers + Chang’s executive chef doesn’t exactly fly under the radar. In fact, her trademark shock of…Read More

2015 Best Chef, Up-and-Coming

John da Silva, Spoke


Da Silva’s elegant, innovative small plates—Jonah crab salad on cornmeal pancakes; spring-onion spaetzle dabbed with creamy Cloumage; duck meatballs with smoky ajo blanco sauce—would impress anywhere. That they’re coming from...Read More

2014 Best Chef, Up-and-Coming

Cassie Piuma, Sarma


As chef de cuisine of Oleana, Cassie Piuma was the quiet force behind Ana Sortun’s destination-worthy Mediterranean cuisine for more than a decade. With the debut of Somerville’s Sarma, where...Read More

2013 Best Chef, Up-and-Coming

Kristen Kish, Menton


Kish’s friendly yet badass demeanor (not to mention model good looks) earned her a legion of fans the nation over when she won Top Chef Seattle this year. But it’s...Read More

2012 Best Chef, Up-and-Coming



Watertown has the most exciting cuisine in town? At a place called, for better or worse, Strip-T’s? Actually, it’s true. After leaving New York’s famed Momofuku Ssam Bar last spring,...Read More

2011 Best Chef, Up-and-Coming

Robert Sisca, Bistro du Midi


Boston is blessed with a bumper crop of young culinary talent injecting our food scene with energy and enthusiasm. But while many seem to spend as much time on the...Read More

2010 Best Chef, Up-and-Coming

Phillip Tang, East by Northeast


Having cooked at chef-owned spots Hungry Mother, T.W. Food, and Lumiere, it’s no surprise that Tang would create a deeply personal restaurant. His debut, East by Northeast, has remarkable clarity...Read More

2009 Best Chef, Up-and-Coming

Gérard Barbin, Sensing


Deputized by superchef Guy Martin to run swish French eatery Sensing, this young import has shown all the technique and discipline required by haute cuisine, along with more than a...Read More

2008 Best Chef, Up-and-Coming

Tim Wiechmann, T. W. Food


At 34, and with apprenticeships at some of the world’s most revered Michelin-starred restaurants under his belt, Wiechmann is hardly a newbie. Yet he brings an upstart’s ambition to his...Read More

2007 Best Chef, Up-and-Coming

David Punch

Jamaica Plain

Sometimes it just takes a little tweak to make food memorable. That roasted beet salad that’s on menus everywhere? At Ten Tables, Punch adds a drizzle of pumpkin seed oil....Read More

2005 Best Chef, Up-and-Coming

Pino Maffeo, Restaurant L


You’ve never crave artichoke-goat cheese lollipops until you tasted Pino Maffeo’s daring cuisine at Restaurant L. Like other mad gastro-wizards, Maffeo employs a host of high-tech gadgets (including a centrifuge)...Read More

2004 Best Chef, Up-and-Coming

Gabriel Frasca, Spire


After years of working with some of this city’s best (Gordon Hamersley, Michael Schlow, Seth Woods), it’s Frasca’s turn to soar at Spire, the restaurant at the Nine Zero hotel....Read More

2003 Best Chef, Up-and-Coming

Tony Maws, Craigie Street Bistrot


If ever there was a feel-good pill for these challenging times, chef Tony Maws’s cooking at Craigie Street Bistrot is it. Troubles fall away as soon as you set foot...Read More

2002 Best Chef, Up-and-Coming

Dante deMagistris, blu


When blu opened at Sports Club/LA last winter, many eyed the restaurant with suspicion. Would the brightly colored, Cali-inspired glass-walled dining room work in Boston? Would the menu be filled...Read More

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