Boston chef Barbara Lynch has been named "Outstanding Restaurateur" at the 2014 James Beard Foundation held in New York City this week. The prestigious award goes to "a working restaurateur who sets high national standards in restaurant operations and ownership,” according to the Foundation.
The South Boston native began her career in a local church rectory and has gone one to become one of the country's most inventive and successful chefs. Owner of several acclaimed Boston restaurants, including No. 9 Park, Menton and B&G Oyster, Chef Lynch is author of the best-selling book, Stir: Mixing it up in the Italian Tradition, which was released in 2009.
Lynch was also active in the Gaelic Gourmet Gala program organized by Tourism Ireland and Boston Irish Tourism Association, which paired visiting Irish chefs with Boston chefs and local restaurants during the St. Patrick's Day season.
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