Boston’s Top Chefs Heating Up The Culinary Scene

August 15, 2012 6:00 AM

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From panko French toast to a red wine shallot reduction steak, these chefs are firing up the grills and heating up the city. Head over to Brookline for a special treat of entertainment and food in one hibachi location or to Cambridge for seasonal mimosas with brunch. If you’re in the mood for a meal and dessert in one, try South Boston’s delightful concoction from Australia known as the meat pie. Fresh seafood to locally-grown and utilized produce, it comes together in this wonderful collection of restaurants with chefs who are reinventing daily and dishing out some of the best in the business.

 Bostons Top Chefs Heating Up The Culinary Scene

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Chef William Kovel 
Catalyst
300 Technology Square
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 576-3000
catalystrestaurant.com

From a brunch of panko-baked French toast topped with bourbon whipped butter, raspberry compote and maple syrup or fried clams with fried, pickled jalapeños and Jonah crab grits to a dinner of a Catalyst burger topped with fresh bacon, caramelized onions and tomatoes or a spit-roasted chicken with mushrooms, thyme jus and “dripping potatoes,” owner and chef William Kovel is sure to find something to please your palate. Whether you like it bold and daring or simple and spicy, Kovel has a bit of it all in his take on modern-American style. The light and airy atmosphere is warm and inviting, including an outdoor patio and spacious bar. Come for the seasonal mimosa, come for the local flavors but definitely come and try what this chef, the best exciting new flavor, has to offer.

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sel de la terre Bostons Top Chefs Heating Up The Culinary Scene

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Chef Justin Urso 
Sel de la Terre
774 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02199
(617) 266-8800
seldelaterre.com

With a bar downstairs for socializing and a bar and restaurant upstairs for amazing food and relaxing conversation, Sel de la Terre will always keep you satisfied. The chef here knows his stuff and although the menu is not extensive, it is slightly expensive and well worth it. Justin Urso serves up daily specials and chef menu selections. With an escargot appetizer or a seasonal soup to start off the meal, each course is divine. Follow that up with the rainbow trout or the steak and your head will spin in delight. The rosemary fries are to die for and the desserts are as decadent as their descriptions portray. So bring your appetite and your wallet and prepare for some culinary delights from a knowledgeable staff and an excellent head who can be called the most eclectic chef.

 Bostons Top Chefs Heating Up The Culinary Scene

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Chef Sam Jackson 
KO Pies
87 A St
Boston, MA 02127
(617) 269-4500
kocateringandpies.com

It’s meat, it’s a pie, it’s meat in a pie. Whether it’s lamb or beef, when baked into a delicious, flaky, buttery pie crust, it cannot possibly taste bad. The brainchild of KO Pies is an Australian native, chef and owner baking up tasty treats that appeal to the carnivore within everyone. A specialty in his own home country, Jackson takes a classic and crafts it into an unusually wonderful meal to be eaten in house or at your own abode. Try the spicy shrimp on the barbie, the salt and pepper calamari or the grilled fish sandwich for something fresh from the ocean. Chef Sam definitely ranks as the top chef for across-the-pond classics.

 Bostons Top Chefs Heating Up The Culinary Scene

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Hibachi Chefs 
Osaka
14 Green St
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 732-0088
osakarestaurantgroup.com

Hibachi is fun for kids of all ages, especially those over 21. While the younger crowd can enjoy the great food, atmosphere and of course entertaining show put on by the chefs, it is those of age who can get the most from this experience. If you want relaxing sushi, please sit to the right. To the left you will find the boisterous, loud and fun-loving chefs flipping their spatulas, twirling the bottles of oil and creating volcanoes out of onions. They put sake in the fried rice, give you a Japanese beer to nurse and ask you to attempt to catch food in your mouth. The chefs are definitely rated as unique in the Boston urban scene. A good time will be had by all who venture into this Coolidge Corner location, especially if there are sake bombs around the table.

 Bostons Top Chefs Heating Up The Culinary Scene

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Chef Robert Tobin  
Aura
1 Seaport Lane
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 385-4300
aurarestaurant.com

The Seaport District’s rising star is a chef named Robert. He is working at Aura and his dishes are pure pleasure in your mouth. The unique combinations of tastes come together to impact your taste buds in new ways. The roasted asparagus and bacon provide the perfect combination of textures and the lamb ribs and grits are insanely flavorful and fun. The hangar steak, the roasted half chicken and the pan-roasted scallops all melt in your mouth in a way that is pure heaven. And that’s just for dinner. Robert has more culinary creations for the lighter side of lunch including chowders, soups, salads and plenty of wonderful seafood options.

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Kat Webber is a graduate of Bentley University. Her random interests include reading, writing short stories, traveling, mythology, beers (especially microbrews), poetry, shoes, dessert, fuzzy socks and scrapbooking. Kat currently resides in Somerville, MA. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.

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