Best of Boston

Best Chef, General Excellence

2010 Best Chef, Up and Coming

Phillip Tang, East by Northeast

Cambridge
Having cooked at chef-owned spots Hungry Mother, T.W. Food, and Lumiere, it's no surprise that Tang would create a deeply personal restaurant. His debut, East [...] read more»
2009 Best Chef, Up and Coming

Gérard Barbin, Sensing

Boston
Deputized by superchef Guy Martin to run swish French eatery Sensing, this young import has shown all the technique and discipline required by haute cuisine, [...] read more»
2009 Best Chef

Barbara Lynch, Barbara Lynch Gruppo

Not content merely to launch the city's best new restaurant and upscale bar while keeping No. 9 Park, B&G Oysters, and the Butcher Shop running [...] read more»
2008 Best Chef

Tony Maws, Craigie Street Bistrot

Cambridge
It's not just that his food is so good. Or that he writes some of the most imaginative menus around. It's the Maws work ethic: [...] read more»
2008 Best Chef, Up and Coming

Tim Wiechmann, T. W. Food

Cambridge
At 34, and with apprenticeships at some of the world's most revered Michelin-starred restaurants under his belt, Wiechmann is hardly a newbie. Yet he brings [...] read more»
2007 Best Chef, Up-and-Coming

David Punch

Jamaica Plain
Sometimes it just takes a little tweak to make food memorable. That roasted beet salad that's on menus everywhere? At Ten Tables, Punch adds a [...] read more»
2006 Best Chef, West

Blue Ginger

Wellesley
You'd think that after eight years, a fusion joint like Blue Ginger might be a tired concept; after all, who doesn't offer garlic-black pepper lobster [...] read more»
2006 Best Chef, General Excellence

Tony Maws, Craigie On Main

Cambridge
Tony Maws is the anticelebrity chef. Undistracted by fame and fortune, he is laser focused on ferreting out the finest ingredients from local farms and [...] read more»
2005 Best Chef, Up and Coming

Pino Maffeo, Restaurant L

Boston
You've never crave artichoke-goat cheese lollipops until you tasted Pino Maffeo's daring cuisine at Restaurant L. Like other mad gastro-wizards, Maffeo employs a host of [...] read more»
2004 Best Chef, General Excellence

Michael Schlow

Boston
Being a great chef isn't just about respecting good ingredients or cooking with passion. It's also about being a good manager and building relationships with [...] read more»
2004 Best Chef, Up and Coming

Gabriel Frasca, Spire

Boston
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 [...] read more»
2003 Best Chef, General Excellence

Ken Oringer, Clio

Boston
Oringer is fast becoming the Tom Hanks of Best of Boston. Oringer has captured the best-chef nod in three of the past four years—and the [...] read more»
2003 Best Chef, Up and Coming

Tony Maws, Craigie Street Bistrot

Cambridge
If ever there was a feel-good pill for these challenging times, chef Tony Maws's cooking at Craigie Street Bistrot is it. Troubles fall away as [...] read more»
2002 Best Chef, General Excellence

Ken Oringer, Clio

Boston
Of the many honors chef Ken Oringer has won (a James Beard Award among them), this year's nod as one of People magazine's most eligible [...] read more»
2002 Best Chef, Up and Coming

Dante deMagistris, blu

Boston
When blu opened at Sports Club/LA last winter, many eyed the restaurant with suspicion. Would the brightly colored, Cali-inspired glass-walled dining room work in Boston? [...] read more»