Best of Boston 2011: Chef, Pastry
Maura Kilpatrick (Oleana and Sofra)
134 Hampshire St. (Oleana); 1 Belmont St. (Sofra)
Plenty of pastry chefs around town put together fussy, high-styled confections that scream "innovation." But if you’re looking for someone versatile—someone who can do comfort sweets as well as fine dining—there’s no topping Kilpatrick. With both Oleana and Sofra bakery as her platforms, she twists her way through composed desserts (a funky take on baked Alaska; nougat glacé with apricot sorbet) and fly-off-the-shelves-good coffee cakes, sesame scones, and sugared donuts. What’s more, her inventive use of Mediterranean ingredients produces stellar (and utterly addictive) results across the board.