Best of Boston

Best Chef, Up-and-Coming

2017 Best Chef, Up-and-Coming

Juan Pedrosa, Yvonne’s

Boston
Honestly, Yvonne’s wouldn’t suffer too much if the food was an afterthought—the velvet-draped interior ensures it’s a place to be seen. But Juan Pedrosa’s indulgent […] read more»
2015 Best Chef, Up-and-Coming

John da Silva, Spoke

Somerville
Da Silva’s elegant, innovative small plates—Jonah crab salad on cornmeal pancakes; spring-onion spaetzle dabbed with creamy Cloumage; duck meatballs with smoky ajo blanco sauce—would impress […] read more»
Cassie Piuma
2014 Best Chef, Up-and-Coming

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 […] 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 […] 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 […] 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 […] read more»
2010 Best Chef, Up and Coming

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 […] read more»
2009 Best Chef, Up and Coming

Gérard Barbin, Sensing

Boston
Deputized by superchef Guy Martin to run swish French eatery Sensing, this young import has shown all the technique and discipline required by haute cuisine, […] read more»
2008 Best Chef, Up and Coming

Tim Wiechmann, T. W. Food

Cambridge
At 34, and with apprenticeships at some of the world’s most revered Michelin-starred restaurants under his belt, Wiechmann is hardly a newbie. Yet he brings […] read more»
2007 Best Chef, Up-and-Coming

David Punch

Jamaica Plain
Sometimes it just takes a little tweak to make food memorable. That roasted beet salad that’s on menus everywhere? At Ten Tables, Punch adds a […] read more»
2005 Best Chef, Up and Coming

Pino Maffeo, Restaurant L

Boston
You’ve never crave artichoke-goat cheese lollipops until you tasted Pino Maffeo’s daring cuisine at Restaurant L. Like other mad gastro-wizards, Maffeo employs a host of […] read more»
2004 Best Chef, Up and Coming

Gabriel Frasca, Spire

Boston
After years of working with some of this city’s best (Gordon Hamersley, Michael Schlow, Seth Woods), it’s Frasca’s turn to soar at Spire, the restaurant […] read more»
2003 Best Chef, Up and Coming

Tony Maws, Craigie Street Bistrot

Cambridge
If ever there was a feel-good pill for these challenging times, chef Tony Maws’s cooking at Craigie Street Bistrot is it. Troubles fall away as […] read more»
2002 Best Chef, Up and Coming

Dante deMagistris, blu

Boston
When blu opened at Sports Club/LA last winter, many eyed the restaurant with suspicion. Would the brightly colored, Cali-inspired glass-walled dining room work in Boston? […] read more»