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BEST Chef

2014 BEST Chef, Up-and-Coming
Photograph by Toan Trinh

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
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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
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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»

2011 BEST Chef, Up and Coming

Robert Sisca, Bistro du Midi

Boston

Boston is blessed with a bumper crop of young culinary talent injecting our food scene with energy and enthusiasm. But while many seem to spend as much time on the party circuit as they do in the kitchen, Robert Sisca… 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»

2010 BEST Chef, Big Name
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Tony Maws, Craigie On Main

Cambridge

Reality-show appearances? Nope. Cookbooks? Not yet. Restaurants? Just one. In the era of the celebrity chef, Tony Maws is the rare example of a guy who just wants to cook. On any given day at Craigie on Main, you’ll likely… read more»

2010 BEST Chef, Up and Coming
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Phillip Tang, East by Northeast

Cambridge

Having cooked at chef-owned spots Hungry Mother, T.W. Food, and Lumiere, it’s no surprise that Tang would create a deeply personal restaurant. His debut, East by Northeast, has remarkable clarity (Taiwanese- and Chinese-inspired cuisine) as well as a mission (serve… read more»