Tufts Chefs’ Favorite Restaurants


Looking for a new restaurant to try around Boston?

Here at Tufts Dining, we asked our chefs which places they love. 

Chef Justin: Craigie on Main in Cambridge http://www.craigieonmain.com/

Chef Fred: Café Escadrille in Burlington http://www.cafeescadrille.com/

Chef Joann: Tre Monté in Woburn http://tremonterestaurant.com/

Chef David: East Coast Grill in Cambridge http://eastcoastgrill.net/

Chef Carlos: Highland Kitchen in Somerville http://www.highlandkitchen.com/

So try one out, and let us know which chef you side with!


The Connoisseur Recommends: Apps for Foodies

Angry Birds expert and foodie, Chef Justin knows his way around an iPhone. One of his favorite foodie apps is Epicurious. “I use it ALL the time,” he said today.  Compatible with both Apple and Android devices, it features over 28,000 recipes, cookbooks, chefs, and restaurants. With “recipe of the day” and shopping list features, it may be the ultimate foodie app. Best of all, it’s free!


The Connoisseur Recommends: Favorite Chefs and Cookbooks

According to Chef Justin, when it comes to Mediterranean food, one chef stands above them all: Paula Wolfert. Author of Couscous and Other Good Food from Morocco and Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean, she has won the Julia Child Award and the James Beard Award among many others. She has been described as the “undisputed queen of Mediterranean cooking,” and claims she looks for food that “appeals to all my senses; every nuance has a meaning.” Now that sounds tasty!

Follow Paula Wolfert on Twitter: @Soumak


These Are A Few of My Favorite Things…FRUIT

We asked the Chefs what their favorite fruits were and here’s what they had to say:

Chef Toby: Apples

Chef Fred: Melons, Cantaloupe in particular

Chef Peter: Fresh figs, but not from the US.” (He probably means freshly picked off the trees in Greece knowing Peter!)

Chef Joann: Blackberries

Chef Justin: Watermelon and Apples

Please share your most favorite fruits with us in a comment below.


The Connoisseur Recommends: Favorite Chefs & Cookbooks

After spending countless hours reading recipe books both at home and in various kitchens, Chef Justin, the connoisseur, knows what’s up in the food world. We asked him to recommend his favorite foodie apps and food writers.  Here’s what he came up with:

Favorite Writer: Thomas Keller

Author of The French Laundry Cookbook and The Bouchon Cookbook, Thomas Keller has won a pretty ridiculous number of awards ranging from the James Beard Award to Cookbook of the Year Award by the International Association of Culinary Professionals. And if that’s not enough for you, he was the chef consultant for the movies Spanglish and Ratatatouille!


Introducing Chef Justin: The Connoisseur

"Everything needs to taste good."

Chef Justin knew food was in his future since he was in high school. After completing a culinary internship at the Walt Disney World Resorts, and later attending college, Chef Justin went on to graduate from culinary school and work for three different James Beard Award-winning Chefs. His love of food doesn’t end when the clock hits 5PM, he is a food connoisseur who constantly reads cookbooks and checks out culinary iPhone Apps!

What’s something people wouldn’t know when they meet you? I have three stars in every level of Angry Birds… I am addicted to Angry Birds.

Favorite food? Peanut butter, I eat it by the spoonful. It’s my kryptonite.

Favorite thing to cook/bake? Vegetarian food, even though I’m not a vegetarian. I love it because it’s a challenge—you have to make something delicious and creative without a showcase piece, which is generally your meat item. Plus, my wife’s a vegetarian, and a picky one at that!

Best thing about working with Tufts Dining? It allows me to have a rewarding culinary job while seeing my boys. I have two kids, one is just a year old and the other is 4.

Best memory while working with Tufts Dining? We had to cater the Tufts Culinary Society event where 3 big internationally known chefs visited. The night before the big day, we messed up the quiche dough and had to come to work early the next morning and work extremely hard to make it in time. It was challenging and made me work harder than I’ve ever worked with Tufts Dining.

Being the Tufts Dining Connoisseur, do you watch any great food shows? I have two young children. So I don’t really have time to watch the television. I did watch Top Chef on Bravo. The first season and the Vegas season were my favorite. Actually, Toby and I have both seen our classmates on Top Chef!

To read more about Chef Justin and our other chef bloggers, scroll through the About page of this blog.