Barbara Lynch

Barbara Lynch is regarded as one of the world’s leading chefs and restaurateurs. After working under some of Boston’s greatest culinary talents in her early twenties, Barbara traveled to Italy where she learned about the country’s cuisine firsthand from local women. She returned to her native Boston and became the executive chef at Galleria Italiana, bringing national acclaim to the tiny trattoria when she named one of Food & Wine’s “Ten Best New Chefs in America.” In 1998, Barbara opened her first restaurant, No. 9 Park, in Boston’s Beacon Hill. 20 years later, As Chef/Owner of Barbara Lynch Collective, Barbara oversees seven acclaimed culinary concepts: No. 9 Park, B&G Oysters, The Butcher Shop, Stir, Drink, Sportello, and Menton. Barbara is the author of Stir: Mixing It Up in the Italian Tradition, which received a Gourmand award for “Best Chef Cookbook” for the United States. Her second book, a memoir, Out of Line: A Life of Playing with Fire was published in April 2017. In 2003, The James Beard Foundation named her “Best Chef Northeast” while in 2007, Boston Magazine named Barbara “Best Chef.” In 2011, she was named Distinguished Chef by Johnson and Wales University and was also the recipient of the “Women Chefs & Restaurateurs’ Barbara Tropp President’s Award.” In 2013, Barbara was inducted into the James Beard Foundation’s Who’s Who of Food and Beverage in America. In 2014, she received her second James Beard Foundation Award, this time for “Outstanding Restaurateur;” she is the second woman ever to receive this honor. Barbara is currently the only female in the United States to hold the distinguished title of Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux. In 2017 she was named to the TIME 100, Time Magazine’s annual list of the world’s most influential people.