Jamie Bissonnette is a Boston-based chef and Ken Oringer partner (restaurants Toro - named one of the Top Ten Foodie Spots In Boston, March 2014[1], Coppa[2] and Little Donkey[3]) who won the 2014 Best Chef Northeast for the James Beard Foundation Awards, considered to be the Oscars of the culinary world. He was nominated in 2012 and 2013.[4]

Early lifeEdit

Before he found success as a chef, he was described as a CTHC, "Connecticut punk-rock kid, straight-edge and vegetarian."[5] After culinary school he travelled and staged and at one point "his boss threatened to fire him if he didn’t start eating animals."[5]

CareerEdit

He earned a Culinary Arts degree from The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale at age 19.[6] He travelled and staged, landing in Hartford, before settling in Boston. He has worked in Peking Tom's, Pigalle, Andy Husband's Tremont 647, and Eastern Standard.[6] In 2007, Oringer hired him to "head up the kitchen" at KO Prime. His work was noticed and "the Improper Bostonian named Bissonnette “Rising Star Chef” and KO Prime “Best New Restaurant.”"[6] In 2014 his first book, The New Charcuterie Cookbook: Exceptional Cured Meats to Make and Serve at Home, was published by Page Street Publishing.[7]

Awards and honorsEdit

  • 2014 Best Chef Northeast for the James Beard Foundation Awards, considered to be the Oscars of the culinary world; nominated in 2012 and 2013.[8]
  • Food & Wine People’s Best New Chef award,[5][9] He was the first to win that award.[6]
  • He won $10,000 on The Food Network show Chopped[10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 10 best foodie spots in Boston
  2. ^ Jamie Bissonnette on Winning a James Beard Award
  3. ^ "Lirrle Donkey". Little Donkey. Retrieved 16 February 2018.
  4. ^ Boston Chefs Barbara Lynch, Jamie Bissonnette Win James Beard Awards
  5. ^ a b c Feldmar, Jamie (January 28, 2013). "The 8 Dishes That Made My Career: Jamie Bissonnette". First We Feast. Retrieved May 16, 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d Rising Star Chef Jamie Bissonnette of Toro - Biography
  7. ^ http://www.pagestreetpublishing.com/#!charcuterie/cp3l
  8. ^ Boston Chefs Barbara Lynch, Jamie Bissonnette Win James Beard Awards
  9. ^ Jamie Bissonnette: From straight-edge vegan to nose-to-tail cook
  10. ^ An Interview with Chef Jamie Bissonnette