Best of Boston

BEST New Chef

2006 BEST New Chef, North

Nick Speros, Soma


Speros has run his own restaurant (Gloucester’s 197 East Main) and hopped around Boston’s top kitchens (Radius and Armani Café) but it wasn’t until Soma that he developed a distinctive personal style. Encouraged by fellow Grecian and owner Nik Paras,… read more»

2006 BEST New Chef

Rachel Klein, Om


Any chef who can transform a Harvard Square music store into a destination for cutting-edge cuisine is really cooking. (Forgive uswe had to write more than 300 of these things.) Oms Rachel F. Klein, who arrived this winter from New… read more»

2000 BEST New Chef

Amanda Lydon, Truc


So what if Food & Wine Magazine stole our thunder by making her one of America’s best new chefs for the year? They read about Lydon’s talents here first, courtesy of reviewer Corby Kummer. Indeed, Kummer knows true talent when… read more»

1998 BEST New Chef

Rene Michelena

Within a few short months of his arrival at La Bettola, Michelena had helped the new South End tavern win honors from Esquire, Bon Appetit, and Food and Wine magazine as one of the best new restaurants in America. Raised… read more»

1997 BEST New Chef

Nicholas Tischler


If you can make your way through the supercool front-of-the-house impressarios, and manage to obtain one of the precious few tables in the back dining room, Nicholas Tischler’s food will delight, amaze, and just plain satisfy. He’s got a way… read more»

1995 BEST New Chef

Michael Schlow of Cafe Louis

Schlow put the newly renovated restaurant at Louis, Boston on the culinary map just a few weeks after his arrival from New York. A protege of Manhattan restaurateur Pino Luongo, Schlow and pastry chef Paul Connors, who worked at Aurora,… read more»

1994 BEST New Chef, Creative

Suzanne Salter, Alloro


After serving in the ranks of the world’s top restaurants—Chez Panisse, in Berkeley; Al Forno, in Providence; Olives, in Boston; and Arpege, in Paris—Suzanne has developed a tantalizing menu please the most finicky palates. read more»

1993 BEST New Chef

Ana Sortun, Aigo Bistro


One taste of her gutsy, flavorful food and you’ll know that few people really understand cooking the way she does. read more»

1992 BEST New Chef

Michael Kornick, Aujourd’hui


We can’t wait to see what Kornick will do next. read more»