Best of Boston

Best Chef, General Excellence

2001 Best Chef, General Excellence

Steve Johnson, The Blue Room

Cambridge
There is something to be said for dependability. In Steve Johnson's case, it's knowing that every time you visit his restaurant, you'll be served a [...] read more»
2000 Best Chef, Veteran

Todd English, Olives

Charlestown
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 [...] read more»
2000 Best Chef, General Excellence

Ken Oringer, Clio

Boston
From behind the range at the haute Clio restaurant in the Eliot Hotel, chef Ken Oringer has managed to create masterpieces of the culinary variety. [...] read more»
1999 Best Chef

Michael Schlow, Radius

Boston
In the four years since Michael Schlow moved to Boston, he has become not just a major figure on the local culinary scene, but on [...] read more»
1999 Best Chef, Non-Performance

Todd English, Olives

Todd English, Olives, for turning away the cast of Cabaret after a show because it arrived after 11 p.m.—an hour later than the agreed-upon time. [...] read more»
1998 Best Chef

Steve Johnson

Cambridge
An alumnus of Chris Schlesinger's East Coast Grill and Gordon Hamersley's eponymous bistro, Johnson is the quintessential product of Boston's familial and sometimes incestuous restaurant [...] read more»
1997 Best Chef

Jody Adams

Cambridge
If she's good enough for the James Beard Foundation, she's good enough for us. Some people complain about the through-the-roof prices—they're just whiners. Not only [...] read more»
1996 Best Chef

Micahel Schlow and Paul Connors, Cafe Louis

Boston
Can you get great food in a clothing store? At Louis, the answer is yes, thanks to the elegant simplicity of Michael Schlow's cooking. Also [...] read more»
1996 Best Chef, Hotel

Daniel Bruce

Boston
More than 300 wine festival diners and he has yet to duplicate a menu. The chef not only foraged the wild mushrooms on your plate, [...] read more»
1983 Best Chef

Odette Berry, Another Season

Boston
Berry, a fixture in the city's gourmet circles for some time, is starting to get the recognition she deserves. read more»
1982 Best Chef, Male

Bruce Frankel, Panache

Cambridge
And out-of-the-way location, but Frankel's idiosyncratic creations and his unremitting creativity (he changes the menu every day) carry him to the top. read more»
1982 Best Chef, Female

Molly O’Neill, Ciro & Sal’s

Boston
The arrival of O'Neill stabilized the volatile kitchen at this fine Northern Italian restaurant. read more»