Best of Boston

BEST Chef

2016 BEST Chef, Up-and-Coming

Karen Akunowicz, Myers + Chang

Boston

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 pink hair represents a fierceness when it comes to bold,… read more»

2016 BEST Chef, General Excellence

Tiffani Faison, Tiger Mama and Sweet Cheeks

Boston

Despite stints under legends Daniel Boulud and Alain Ducasse and three tours of duty on Top Chef, it feels like Tiffani Faison is just getting started. A culinary chameleon who’s excelled at sushi (O Ya), Italian (Rocca Kitchen & Bar),… read more»

2015 BEST Chef, Up-and-Coming

John da Silva, Spoke

Somerville

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 a kitchen that’s smaller than 100 square feet and uses… read more»

2015 BEST Chef, General Excellence

Tim Wiechmann, Bronwyn, T.W. Food

Somerville

Under the watchful eye of Tim Wiechmann, T. W. Food has hummed along for years as a warm Cambridge bistro serving seriously progressive food. Wiechmann’s skill in marrying German fare with modern technique next made a splash at Somerville’s Bronwyn…. read more»

2014 BEST Chef, Up-and-Coming

Cassie Piuma, Sarma

Somerville

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 Sortun is a partner but Piuma runs the kitchen, Piuma… read more»

2014 BEST Chef, Outstanding

Tim Maslow, Strip-T's, Ribelle

When Tim Maslow arrived in Boston from New York a few years ago to overhaul his father’s Watertown café, he made waves with his brash flavors and witty presentations—so much so that local food fiends fretted that his success might… read more»

2013 BEST Chef, General Excellence
Bondir Restaurant

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 can blow us away working in a kitchen the size… read more»

2013 BEST Chef, Up-and-Coming

Kristen Kish, Menton

Boston

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 her devotion to a refined, elegant culinary aesthetic—first at Barbara… 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 with Ken Oringer)—which launched our obsession with charcuterie and offal…. read more»

2012 BEST Chef, Up-and-Coming

Strip-T’s

Watertown

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, chef Tim Maslow transformed his father’s sleepy sandwich shop into… read more»