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Five Courses with: Adam Simha of MKS Design

Like something out of a chef's fantasy (or maybe Edward Scissorhands's), Adam Simha's North Cambridge studio brims with blades waiting to slice, dice, chop, and fillet.

By LOUISA KASDON  |  January 11, 2013
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Five Courses with: Israeli chef Gil Hovav

He had me at Marilyn Monroe.

By LOUISA KASDON  |  December 07, 2012
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Five Courses with Alex Crabb and Shish Parsigian of Asta

Back in 2010, when chef Alex Crabb and his partner and front-of-the-house manager, Shish Parsigian, started thinking about opening a small Boston restaurant, they planned to call it "Princess Sparkle Power Pickle Bunny" — a list of their favorite words.

By LOUISA KASDON  |  November 09, 2012
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Five Courses with: JD Kemp, founder and president of FoodEx

Meeting local foodie-entrepreneur JD Kemp, I thought of Frodo from The Lord of the Rings — he's got the same compact energy, arresting pale eyes, and slightly manic fix on a big vision.

By LOUISA KASDON  |  October 26, 2012
5 Courses with Massachusetts Commissioner of Agriculture Scott Soares

5 Courses with Massachusetts Commissioner of Agriculture Scott Soares


"I love public service!" says Scott Soares. Maybe so, but "The Commish" isn't your father's idea of some buttoned-up Beacon Hill type. He sports a...
By Louisa Kasdon  |  October 03, 2011
5 Courses with Skip Bennett and Shore Gregory of Island Creek Oysters

5 Courses with Skip Bennett and Shore Gregory of Island Creek Oysters


Photo: LOUISA KASDONA year ago, Skip Bennett and Shore Gregory trekked from Duxbury, Massachusetts, to Port-au-Prince, Haiti. They went to work with the Caribbean Harvest...
By Louisa Kasdon  |  September 19, 2011


5 Courses with Sean Griffing and Eric Papachristos of Trade

5 Courses with Sean Griffing and Eric Papachristos of Trade


Photo: ALEXA FAYJody Adams is arguably one of the most beloved - and thus bankable - chefs in Boston. The longtime chef/owner of Rialto is...
By Louisa Kasdon  |  September 05, 2011
5 Courses with Ron Sarni of the Boston Area Food Truck Association

5 Courses with Ron Sarni of the Boston Area Food Truck Association


Some had doubts the trend would last, but at this point it's official: Boston's 40-plus modern food trucks are more than a fad. They've been...
By Louisa Kasdon  |  August 22, 2011
5 Courses with Jason Lord of Abigail's

5 Courses with Jason Lord of Abigail's


Photo: LOUISA KASDON When we last tuned in to our onetime cover boy, Jason Lord was a classic new-gen young chef preparing to leave East...
By Louisa Kasdon  |  July 25, 2011
5 Courses with Jason Santos of Blue Inc.

5 Courses with Jason Santos of Blue Inc.


Photo: MELISSA OSTROW Before he became Gordon Ramsay's favorite "smurf" on Hell's Kitchen, Jason Santos told us he was happy being a "cook," not a...
By Louisa Kasdon  |  July 11, 2011
5 Courses with Marcos Sanchez of Tres Gatos

5 Courses with Marcos Sanchez of Tres Gatos


Photo: ALEXA FAY The vuvuzela blasts at 5 p.m. every day. It's the signal that dinner service is about to begin at Tres Gatos (470...
By Louisa Kasdon  |  June 27, 2011


5 Courses with Will Gilson

5 Courses with Will Gilson


The last five years have been pretty spectacular for Will Gilson. As a fresh-faced chef-cub of 23, riding high from a stint at Oleana, Gilson...
By Louisa Kasdon  |  June 13, 2011
5 Courses with Alex Pinada of Scampo

5 Courses with Alex Pinada of Scampo


Chef Alex Pineda, son of local star chef Lydia Shire, negotiated a no-tattoos pledge with his parents when he was 18 - with one exception....
By Louisa Kasdon  |  May 30, 2011
5 Courses with Mary Dumont of Harvest

5 Courses with Mary Dumont of Harvest


Photo: TANIT SAKAKINI As this issue's Consumed column makes clear (see page 54), there's been a lot of Boston chefs on the small screen recently....
By Louisa Kasdon  |  May 16, 2011
5 Courses with Laura Henry-Zoubir of Dramshop Hospitality

5 Courses with Laura Henry-Zoubir of Dramshop Hospitality


Laura Henry-Zoubir conquered live Dungeness crab, bone marrow, and three other Food Network-selected chefs to win $10,000 on a January episode of Chopped. Now the...
By Renee Trilivas  |  May 02, 2011
5 Courses with Damien DiPaola of Vito’s Tavern

5 Courses with Damien DiPaola of Vito’s Tavern


Damien DiPaola is what you'd call old-school North End. He came to Boston from Italy at three years old, and before long he was whipping...
By Renee Trilivas  |  April 18, 2011


Ashley Stanley at Lovin’ Spoonfuls

Ashley Stanley at Lovin’ Spoonfuls


Photo: ALLISON PHARMAKISMom always said it’s a sin to waste food. Ashley Stanley, founder and executive director of Lovin’ Spoonfuls (lovinspoonfulsinc.org), put this commonsensical concept into...
By Renee Trilivas  |  April 04, 2011
5 Courses with Melissa Espantz of L’Espalier

5 Courses with Melissa Espantz of L’Espalier


Melissa Yantz is exceedingly calm. She thinks it's because she's "from Vermont." We think it's because she's been serving exquisite meals at L'Espalier (774 Boylston...
By Louisa Kasdon  |  March 21, 2011
5 Courses with Lisa Gross of the Boston Tree Party

5 Courses with Lisa Gross of the Boston Tree Party


  No, it's not a misprint: it really is the Boston Tree Party. It's the brainchild of Lisa Gross, a slightly messianic conceptual artist, urban-agriculture...
By Louisa Kasdon  |  March 07, 2011
5 Courses with Susie Ropolo of Pasta Beach

5 Courses with Susie Ropolo of Pasta Beach


Photo: LOUISA KASDON "Life is a beach," says Susie Ropolo, owner of Pasta Beach (30 Rowes Wharf, Boston, 617.439.6900). Beaches, Ropolo says, represent everything she...
By Louisa Kasdon  |  February 07, 2011
5 Courses with Patricia Yeo

5 Courses with Patricia Yeo


Photo: JANICE CHECCHIO You've got to admire Patricia Yeo's gusto. A seasoned vet who worked under Bobby Flay for six years and went on to...
By Erica Corsano  |  January 24, 2011


5 Courses with Jean Fain of the Self-Compassion Diet

5 Courses with Jean Fain of the Self-Compassion Diet


Photo: JOSHUA TOUSTER She's been there. In her youth, Jean Fain fought the battle against the too-tight jeans, the jelly doughnut around the middle. And...
By Louisa Kasdon  |  January 10, 2011
5 Courses with Jessica Brown of Cafeteria

5 Courses with Jessica Brown of Cafeteria


Photo: JANICE CHECCHIO In winter, and especially during the holiday season, perfect pies can be better than central heating. Pastry chef Jessica Brown is in...
By Louisa Kasdon  |  December 13, 2010
5 Courses with Dan Mathieu of Max Ultimate Food

5 Courses with Dan Mathieu of Max Ultimate Food


Photo: MATT TEUTEN Dan Mathieu and his partner Neal Balkowitsch ought to know a thing or two about how to behave at a party. In...
By Louisa Kasdon  |  November 29, 2010
5 Courses with Alison Fong of Bon Me

5 Courses with Alison Fong of Bon Me


Photo: Brian ChoiIf it were possible to squeeze 90 more minutes into each day, Alison Fong would be the first beneficiary. Right now, the chef...
By Louisa Kasdon  |  November 15, 2010
5 Courses with Dr. Amy Rowat

5 Courses with Dr. Amy Rowat


Photo: DAVID RABKIN/MUSEUM OF SCIENCE Dr. Amy Rowat dismounts her bike and locks it to a parking meter in front of Sportello. She smoothes down...
By Louisa Kasdon  |  November 01, 2010


5 Courses with Joe Brenner of the International

5 Courses with Joe Brenner of the International


Photo: JANICE CHECCHIO Less than a year ago, Louisa Kasdon went the full 5 Courses with chef Joe Brenner at a turning point in his...
By Ruth Tobias  |  October 18, 2010
5 Courses with Edith Murnane

5 Courses with Edith Murnane


Photo: CALEB TAYLOR WILLIAMS Becoming a chef was the one thing Edith Murnane's mother had told her not to do. So much for Mother's advice:...
By Louisa Kasdon  |  October 04, 2010
5 Courses with Jeff Potter, author of Cooking For Geeks

5 Courses with Jeff Potter, author of Cooking For Geeks


Photo: SHIMON RURA   Jeff Potter was an ordinary food-obsessed, self-employed computer scientist when he decided to ask his boss (himself) for time off to...
By Louisa Kasdon  |  September 20, 2010
5 Courses with Rebecca Newell of the Beehive

5 Courses with Rebecca Newell of the Beehive


A few days before her stint on Chopped, chef Rebecca Newell of The Beehive (541 Tremont Street, Boston, 617.423.0096) was worried — not about getting...
By Louisa Kasdon  |  September 06, 2010