Best of Boston

2008 Best Pastry Chef

Maura Kilpatrick, Oleana

The best desserts mix strong technique with a blithe spirit of invention. Kilpatrick reigns on both fronts, yielding delicacies like nougat glacé with poached nectarine, pistachio milk granité, and candied angelica at Oleana and Egyptian bread-and-butter pudding at Sofra, her new bakery-café with partner Ana Sortun.

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