Best of Boston

BEST Chef, General Excellence

2013 BEST Chef, General Excellence
Bondir Restaurant

Jason Bond, Bondir


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»

2012 BEST Chef, General Excellence



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»

2011 BEST Chef, General Excellence

Jamie Bissonnette, Coppa


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 pigs, and as many parts of them, as possible. There’s… read more»

2006 BEST Chef, General Excellence

Tony Maws, Craigie On Main


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 Cambridge kitchen into deliciously unexpected dishes like roasted Vermont organic… read more»

2005 BEST Chef, General Excellence

Barbara Lynch


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 pan. Whether it’s <em>torchon</em> of foie gras and crispy duck… read more»

2004 BEST Chef, General Excellence

Michael Schlow


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 Schlow is all of the above, and more. With three… read more»

2003 BEST Chef, General Excellence

Ken Oringer, Clio


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 restaurant, Clio, was named the best in town. It’s not… read more»

2002 BEST Chef, General Excellence

Ken Oringer, Clio


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 high profile. Of course, the folks at People must know… read more»

2001 BEST Chef, General Excellence

Steve Johnson, The Blue Room


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. Johnson’s food is neither overwrought nor overly ambitious—it’s honest and… read more»