Chef of the Year & Reader's Choice Chef of the Year
Prior to the opening of Cultivar, Mary Dumont was probably best-known by Bostonians thanks to her nearly decade-long stint as executive chef at Harvard Square’s classic Harvest restaurant. But before that, she built up an extensive and impressive resume around the country, from Jardinière in San Francisco to Blackbird in Chicago. And along the way, she’s snapped up plenty of awards and television appearances.
So it’s at long last that Dumont has opened her own restaurant, and it’s already hitting its stride in its first year. It’s a beautiful space full of beautiful plates of truly local, seasonal food, an expression of new New England cuisine that runs the gamut from lobster rolls to whole roasted chickens for two, snail toast to nettle bucatini with lamb neck sugo. Dumont’s years of experience on the West and East Coasts really shine here, and she’s assembled an expert team to help, too (don’t miss executive pastry chef Robert Gonzalez’s impeccable desserts.)