Best of Boston

2004 Best Chef, Up and Coming

Gabriel Frasca, Spire

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 at the Nine Zero hotel. And soar he does, with entrées like his fresh pea soup, an earthy ode to summer with a tinge of sautéed pea shoots for brightness and a sweet, nutty crab dumpling for contrast. We hope more young chefs will follow Frasca’s lead.

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