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Frank McClelland on Tech & The Modern Clam Bake

Frank McClelland has built a distinguished career on marrying New England flavors with French classics, bringing the first hints of haute cuisine — and a commitment to using fresh, local ingredients — to Boston over three decades ago. His L’Espalier restaurant has garnered countless awards and accolades over the years, and in 2007 he earned the James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef: Northeast. He recently filled us in on the biggest change he’s seen in the restaurant industry, what he’s most grateful for and the secrets to his success.

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Industry Pros on Dining Trends to Look Out For in 2016

For American restaurant culture, 2015 was the year of enthusiastic nautical decor (boat ropes, life-sized buoys, wooden ship’s wheels, we could go on), many a smoked dish (finishing everything from briny olives to mashed potatoes over a smoldering flame) and even more elaborate cocktails (hand-cut herbs and rare spirits we understand but artisanal ice? Color us impressed).

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Trish Tracey Loves SF Ingredients & Late-Night Burritos

Growing up the youngest of six children with a single mom, Trish Tracey learned from an early age how to cook — and fend — for herself. By the time she got to high school, she’d mastered making quick family meals and Home Ec, paving the way for a successful career in the culinary arts. We chatted with the restaurateur about the ins and outs of running San Francisco’s Myriad Gastro Pub, the rise of more casual fine dining and her favorite place to grab a late-night burrito.

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Jesse Schenker on Unique NYC Palates and His Extreme Personality

Jesse Schenker has never been one to take it easy. The executive owner and chef of NYC restaurants recette and The Gander owns over 350 cookbooks, admitting that he “eats, sleeps, breathes and reads all things food.” We caught up with him recently about why the New York dining scene is so unique, the job he’d had if he weren’t a restaurateur and what it means to be “schpilky.”

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Jamie Bissonnette on TV Kitchens & The Best Egg Sandwich in NYC

Jamie Bissonnette always knew he was meant to cook. From that first memory of a juicy orange quenching his adolescent, soccer-induced thirst to admiring shiny, shimmering TV kitchens on the small screen as a teenager, he’s been fascinated with food and dining for as long as he can remember. We recently spoke with this chef and co-owner of Boston’s Coppa and Toro (now in Boston and NYC).


Matt Jennings Dishes on His Hobbies & Where He Fell in Love

Matt Jennings has plenty to be proud of. Father, husband, successful restaurateur and chef, this 12+ year industry veteran has racked up multiple nominations from The James Beard Foundation and a devoted following of enthusiastic restaurant patrons. Townsman, his wildly popular brasserie-inspired Boston restaurant, proudly serves some of the best seasonal dishes in New England.