Monday, February 11, 2013

Girl Power! Great Female Chefs in Boston

Our boutique bed and breakfast is nestled in Boston's lovely South End neighborhood. Here you will find fabulous cobblestone sidewalks leading you into a maze of delicious restaurants and one of a kind shops and specialty stores. While Ken Oringer and Jaime Bissonette may be some of the South End's most popular chefs with Toro and Coppa, lets not forget Barbara Lynch and her two fantastic South End eateries: B&G Oysters and The Butcher Shop.

Barbara Lynch owns and operates six restaurants, a demonstration kitchen and cookbook store and a catering company here in Boston: No.9 Park, Drink, Sportello, The Butcher Shop, B&G Oysters, Menton, Stir, and 9 At Home. This South Boston native has received several awards from Bon App├ętit, Food and Wine, The James Beard Association, Esquire and countless other publications and associations. She is a force to be reckoned with in the restaurant industry. All of her properties have received national attention and acclaim. Menton recently received the honor of being a Relais and Chateaux property, making her the only female Grand Chef Relais and Chateaux in the country. Menton also holds five stars from Forbes Travel. Barbara Lynch's greatness extends far beyond the walls of her delicious kitchens. She is an active philanthropist and sits on many boards promoting women in business.

Lydia Shire
While Barbara Lynch certainly has captured Boston's love and affection for delicious food, Lydia Shire is another favorite among Boston foodies. From and early age in Brookline, MA, Shire developed a love for food and cooking. She eventually made her way across the pond and was classically trained at Le Cordon Bleu in London. Upon returning to Boston, it took her only three years to become the executive chef at Maison Robert. It was only up from this point on. She spent time at Parker's in the Parker House Hotel, Harvest, and the Plaza Cafe at the Copley Plaza Hotel. She later became the first female executive chef for the Four Seasons in the US at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills. But the warm weather and glowing California sunshine did not stop her from returning once again to Boston and open her first restaurant, Biba. Since opening Biba, Shire has rejuvenated Locke-Ober and also opened several other locations like Towne Stove and Spirits. Shire joins Lynch in many awards and accolades from the James Beard Association, Food and Wine, Gourmet Magazine and many more. It is difficult to find women with such tenacity and dedication to excellence. But maybe those qualities are the result of growing up in a tough and old school city like Boston!

There is no question as to whether you will enjoy your meal at one of the restaurants forged by these powerful female forces. The love and care they put into their dishes and spaces set the standard for excellent dining in New England and beyond. Begin your culinary tour right in our back yard on Tremont Street!


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