Best of Boston

Best Chef

2017 Best Chef, General Excellence

Michael Scelfo, Waypoint and Alden & Harlow

Just when we thought Michael Scelfo couldn’t top his first venture, Alden & Harlow, last year he opened Waypoint, an of-the-moment spin on New England […] read more»
2017 Best Chef, Up-and-Coming

Juan Pedrosa, Yvonne’s

Honestly, Yvonne’s wouldn’t suffer too much if the food was an afterthought—the velvet-draped interior ensures it’s a place to be seen. But Juan Pedrosa’s indulgent […] read more»
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»
2016 Best Chef, General Excellence

Tiffani Faison, Tiger Mama and Sweet Cheeks

Despite stints under legends Daniel Boulud and Alain Ducasse and three tours of duty on Top Chef, it feels like Tiffani Faison is just getting […] 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»
2015 Best Chef, General Excellence

Tim Wiechmann, Bronwyn, T.W. Food

Under the watchful eye of Tim Wiechmann, T. W. Food has hummed along for years as a warm Cambridge bistro serving seriously progressive food. Wiechmann’s […] 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»
2014 Best Chef, Outstanding

Tim Maslow, Strip-T's, Ribelle

When Tim Maslow arrived in Boston from New York a few years ago to overhaul his father’s Watertown café, he made waves with his brash […] read more»
Bondir Restaurant
2013 Best Chef, General Excellence

Jason Bond, Bondir

Bond showcases New England’s bounty like no one else in town, dreaming up quirky-beautiful dishes that feature lesser-known flora, like calaminth, angelica root, and carrot-shaped […] 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, General Excellence


We didn’t need last year’s Food & Wine accolades to tell us that Jamie Bissonnette rocks. The famously inked chef drives the two hottest spots […] 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»
2011 Best Chef, General Excellence

Jamie Bissonnette, Coppa

He’s pushed diners’ expectations at kitchens across the city, from Tremont 647 and Clio to Pigalle and Toro. Then, at Coppa, Bissonnette got us all […] read more»
2010 Best Chef, Big Name

Tony Maws, Craigie On Main

Reality-show appearances? Nope. Cookbooks? Not yet. Restaurants? Just one. In the era of the celebrity chef, Tony Maws is the rare example of a guy […] read more»