Chef Chat w/ Olivier Senoussaoui – Precinct Kitchen and Bar

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Olivier Senoussaoui

Precinct Kitchen + Bar

154 Berkeley Street

Boston, MA 02116

www.precinctkitchenandbar.com

 

Born in the Dordogne region of France (where he stared cooking at age 15!), Chef Olivier Senoussaoui now brings his Continental sense of how to use fresh local ingredients to the Loews Hotel in Downtown Boston. Having started his career with the luxury chain in Orlando in 1999 (after time spent in such legendary and Michelin-starred venues as La Bastide in London), Chef Senoussaoui came to the Hub in 2013 and immediately fell in love with the flavor and flavors of New England. Not content to ride on his reputation, Chef Senoussaoui insists on being in the kitchen and on the line every night and makes personal connections with all of his suppliers so that he can bring their best and his to every guest.

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Chef Chat w/ Robert Fathman – Bel Ari / Les Zygomates

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Robert Fathman

Bel Ari

107 South Street, Boston

www.belariboston.com

 

Les Zygomates

129 South Street, Boston

www.winebar129.com

 

Having formerly been the man behind the pans at such local legends as Legal Seafood, XV Beacon and the Lenox Hotel in Boston, and the Red Lion Inn in Cohasset, Robrt Fathman is now in charge of both the musically-minded French bistro and wine bar Les Zygomate and its new modern Italian sibling Bel Ari (which is run by the family behind Pastene, so it must be autentico!). From salad Nicoise to pasta primavera, Fathman has the skills and experience to make it work and to give you two great places to go during or after work (or just for fun).

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Chef Chat w/ Michael Schlow – Tico

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Michael Schlow

Tico

222 Berkeley Street, Boston

www.ticorestaurant.com

 

Long synonymous with the Boston dining scene, Michael Schlow continues to expand his own horizons while expanding the palates of his dining guests. Having won raves and ravenous fans for his acclaimed Via Matta, and two Alta Strada restaurants (the other of which is at Foxwoods), Schlow’s now taps the flavors of Latin America for Tico, a new tapas-based dining concept in the heart of the Back Bay. With its open kitchen and wide selection of tequila and cerveza, Tico is a great place to eat or just gather with friends and to see what Schlow comes up with next. Continue reading

Chef Chat w/ Maxwell Thompson – Tavolo

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Maxwell Thompson

Tavolo

1918 Dorchester Avenue, Dorchester

www.tavoloristorante.com

 

Having recently celebrated its two-year anniversary, what was once known as the “little brother” to the nearby Ashmont Grill (which is also under the ownership of Chris Douglass) has come into its own and is now a favorite of both locals and visitors alike. Adjacent to the new Ashmont T station, Tavolo is easy to reach from nearly anywhere and definitely worth the trip (especially on Wednesdays, when Tavolo features a three-course communal-style pasta meal for $18), thanks in great part to Chef Maxwell Thompson.

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Chef Chat w/ Richard Chudy – TheSkinnyBeet.com

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Richard Chudy

www.chefchudy.com

www.theskinnybeet.com

 

Specializing in native New England ingredients (and in where to find the best burgers in Boston, thanks to his blog, www.bostonburgerblog.com), Chef Richard Chudy acts as personal chef, in-home caterer, and even personal food shopper and pantry organizer for some of Boston’s fittest (and feistiest) foodies. And while his menu is full, he always has room to drop by for a private (or semi-private) lesson. From boiling water to bouillabaisse to braised lamb, Chef Chudy can show you how to “make it” in the kitchen.

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Chef Chat w/ Anthony Caturano – Prezza

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Anthony Caturano

Prezza

24 Fleet Street, Boston

www.prezza.com

Named after the region where Chef/Owner Anthony Caturano’s grandmother was born, Prezza brings traditional Italian tastes into the 21st century. Having recently marked their 10th year in business, Prezza continues not only to survive in the competitive Boston market, but to thrive. In fact, their last year was their best and Caturano continues to come up with new ideas and new tastes that will surely sustain him and his devoted fans far into the future.

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Chef Chat w/ Chris Damian – Papagayo

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Chris Damian

Papagayo

Assembly Row, Somerville

1 Chelsea Street, Charlestown

15 West Street, Boston

283 Summer Street, Boston

www.papagayorestaurants.com

 

As the co-owner of the Legendary Restaurant Group (which also includes Scollay Square, Sip Wine Bar and Burger Dive.), chef Chris Damian is a busy man, but he is also one who knows what makes a restaurant work. Helming the kitchen at a popular restaurant that is open from 11:30 Am until 1 AM makes Damian’s day all the more hectic, but the love he has for what he does comes through in every delicious (and authentically caliente) bite!.

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Chef Chat w/ Max Brenner

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Max Brenner

745 Boylston Street, Boston

www.maxbrenner.com

In addition to giving us everything from AIM to the USB flash drive, cell phones to Rummikub (not to mention models for how to value life and support those who support them), the State of Israel has also given us a real-life Willy Wonka who goes by the collective name Max Brenner. The proudly bald and big-idead man who is half of the dynamic duo at the heart of the international chain has been dipping the world in chocolate for over 15 years and recently opened his latest cocoa oasis in Boston. From custom-made serving pieces (including the adorably sensible Hug Mug) to customizable brunches, lunches and dinners that are as delicious as the desserts for which “The Bald Man” is famous, Max Brenner is a perfect spot for a decadent break or a great gooey gathering.

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Chef Chat w/ Christopher Robins – Gaslight

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Christopher Robins

Gaslight Brasserie

560 Harrison Avenue, Boston

www.gaslight560.com

 

While it may be true that sometimes you wanna’ go where everybody knows your name, a quiet spot with great food and atmosphere can do the trick sometimes as well. Gaslight is such a spot. Set mostly under Harrison Avenue on the edge of Boston’s tony South End, Gaslight offers a venue for drinks and dining that combines old world continental charm with contemporary flavors and panache overseen by Chef de Cuisine Christopher Robins. Open seven days a week for lunch, dinner, late night “supper” and weekend brunch, Gaslight is a great place to getaway or to bring people who already know you or who you want to get to know better.

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Chef Chat w/ Jim Solomon – The Fireplace

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Jim Solomon

The Fireplace

1634 Beacon Street, Brookline

www.fireplacerest.com

 

A perennial pick for one of the Boston area’s best restaurants and one of its few certified “green” restaurants, The Fireplace can be the perfect spot for a cozy rendezvous, a celebration, or to meet someone with whom to plan such events in the future. With their fresh, locally-grown, and always a bit adventurous offerings and a regular schedule of special events that run from live music performances to Absinthe dinners to summer fundraising block parties and chef/owner Jim Solomon’s famous “Fireside Chats,” there is always something fun going on and great people with whom to share it.

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