Best of Boston

BEST Chef, General Excellence

2017 BEST Chef, General Excellence

Michael Scelfo, Waypoint and Alden & Harlow

Cambridge

Just when we thought Michael Scelfo couldn’t top his first venture, Alden & Harlow, last year he opened Waypoint, an of-the-moment spin on New England coastal cuisine where brash flavors (smoke, salt, and plenty of umami) buck up against luxe… 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, 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»

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»

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»

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 pigs, and as many parts of them, as possible. There’s… 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 Cambridge kitchen into deliciously unexpected dishes like roasted Vermont organic… 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 restaurant, Clio, was named the best in town. It’s not… 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 high profile. Of course, the folks at People must know… 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. Johnson’s food is neither overwrought nor overly ambitious—it’s honest and… read more»