Best of Boston

2022 Best Pastry Chef

Brian Mercury, Café Beatrice, Geppetto, and the Lexington

Brian Mercury can do it all. He has to, as the pastry powerhouse for Will Gilson’s trio of restaurants under a single roof in Cambridge. There’s the butter-burnished, braided garlic bread at the Italian-inflected Geppetto, the elegant slices of Taza Chocolate cream pie at rooftop lounge the Lexington, and the genius brunch breads (like the crunchy maple kouign-amann) at Café Beatrice — all of which prove Mercury to be highly malleable, and always in his element.