Best of Boston

2000 Best Chef, Veteran

Todd English, Olives

In a business more fickle than the entertainment industry, chef Todd English proves that talent equals staying power. When he first blipped onto our radar in 1989 with the opening of Olives in Charlestown, we knew he was going to change the culinary landscape of this town permanently. What we didn’t expect was that we’d have to share him with the rest of the world. English is now the proprietor of 13 restaurants in seven cities, from Aspen to Tel Aviv. Amazingly, quality has never suffered: The butternut squash tortelli at Olives is still the same wondrous combination of rich and rustic flavors, and the pizzas at Figs are still funky and delicious as ever. English is unafraid to take risks: His newest spot, Kingfish Hall in Quincy Market, is enlivening the touristy food scene with its creative takes on New England staples and its fun atmosphere. How does he do it? The man’s got the gift. Thanks for feeding us so well, Todd. We’re still hungry for more.

10 City Square, Charlestown, 617-242-1999,