Best of Boston

Best Chef, Up-and-Coming

2016 Best Chef, Up-and-Coming

Karen Akunowicz, Myers + Chang

As a fan favorite on Top Chef and a two-time James Beard Award finalist, Myers + Chang’s executive chef doesn’t exactly fly under the radar. In [...] read more»
2015 Best Chef, Up-and-Coming

John da Silva, Spoke

Da Silva's elegant, innovative small plates—Jonah crab salad on cornmeal pancakes; spring-onion spaetzle dabbed with creamy Cloumage; duck meatballs with smoky ajo blanco sauce—would impress [...] read more»
Cassie Piuma
2014 Best Chef, Up-and-Coming

Cassie Piuma, Sarma

As chef de cuisine of Oleana, Cassie Piuma was the quiet force behind Ana Sortun’s destination-worthy Mediterranean cuisine for more than a decade. With the [...] read more»
2013 Best Chef, Up-and-Coming

Kristen Kish, Menton

Kish's friendly yet badass demeanor (not to mention model good looks) earned her a legion of fans the nation over when she won Top Chef [...] read more»
2012 Best Chef, Up-and-Coming


Watertown has the most exciting cuisine in town? At a place called, for better or worse, Strip-T's? Actually, it's true. After leaving New York's famed [...] read more»
2011 Best Chef, Up and Coming

Robert Sisca, Bistro du Midi

Boston is blessed with a bumper crop of young culinary talent injecting our food scene with energy and enthusiasm. But while many seem to spend [...] read more»
2010 Best Chef, Up and Coming

Phillip Tang, East by Northeast

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

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»
2008 Best Chef, Up and Coming

Tim Wiechmann, T. W. Food

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»