Best of Boston

Best Pastry Chef

2017 Best Pastry Chef

Renae Connolly, Benedetto

Cambridge
Renae Connolly’s desserts are such exquisite works of refinement and balance, we’ve come to think of her as a real-life Sugar Plum Fairy. Whether you […] read more»
2016 Best Pastry Chef

Meghan Thompson, Townsman

Boston
Meghan Thompson’s seasonal desserts aren’t merely a source of Instagram envy—there’s nostalgia and accessibility beneath the aesthetic. Take her frozen yuzu soufflé with poached quince, […] read more»
2015 Best Pastry Chef

Rachel Sundet, State Park

Cambridge
One of our favorite pastimes has been a movie at the Kendall chased by a chilled espresso martini and one of Rachel Sundet’s home-style desserts […] read more»
2014 Best Pastry Chef

Brian Mercury, Harvest

Cambridge
We tend to approach modernist desserts with caution—though striking, can an elaborate plate of gel, fruit leather, and crumble actually taste good? In the hands […] read more»
2013 Best Pastry Chef

Monica Glass, Clio

Boston
A touch of sumac to balance a rich chocolate cremeux; a hint of briny olive to bring out the zing in Meyer-lemon beignets—Glass is known […] read more»
Craigie on Main
2012 Best Pastry Chef

Craigie On Main

Cambridge
Pity us. We’re so inclined to stuff our bellies full of chef Tony Maws’s house-made pastas and glorious takes on pork that we have a […] read more»
2011 Best Pastry Chef

Maura Kilpatrick, Oleana and Sofra

Cambridge
Plenty of pastry chefs around town put together fussy, high-styled confections that scream “innovation.” But if you’re looking for someone versatil—someone who can do comfort […] read more»
2010 Best Pastry Chef

Sarah Ewald

East Boston
In contrast to all the molecular tomfoolery of the moment (honey ‘dust,’ chocolate ‘caviar’), Ewald’s plates at Bistro du Midi are familiar yet refined. Ice […] read more»
2009 Best Pastry Chef

Maura Kilpatrick, Sofra

Cambridge
Three years in a row? Really? Yet after scarfing down the fig and almond serpentines and ridiculously good chocolate cookies at Sofra, the bakery/mezze bar […] read more»
2008 Best Pastry Chef

Maura Kilpatrick, Oleana

Cambridge
The best desserts mix strong technique with a blithe spirit of invention. Kilpatrick reigns on both fronts, yielding delicacies like nougat glacé with poached nectarine, […] read more»
2007 Best Pastry Chef

Maura Kilpatrick

Cambridge
At Oleana, no one orders the warm chocolate cake or the crème brûlee. That’s because, we’re pleased to relay, there isn’t any. Kilpatrick pays dessert […] read more»
2006 Best Pastry Chef

P.J. Waters, Radius

Boston
P.J. Waters made his name at Via Matta with his irresistible ‘mascarporeos,’ whipped mascarpone with delicate chocolate cookies. At upscale Radius, he’s let his imagination […] read more»
2005 Best Pastry Chef

Stacy Klein, Pigalle

Boston
It was the delightful French pixie Amélie who set us on a quest for the perfect, crackable crème brûlée. And it’s another sylph, Pigalle pastry […] read more»
2004 Best Pastry Chef

Kristen D. Murray, No. 9 Park

Boston
Some desserts are among life’s sweetest rewards precisely because they aren’t too sweet. Kristen D. Murray understands this. Consider her walnut pain perdu, a soft […] read more»
2003 Best Pastry Chef

Alex Stupak, Clio

Boston
After several luxurious courses of chef Ken Oringer’s French cooking, concluding with dessert might seem excessive. But when the desserts are as delicious as those […] read more»