Kitchen Selfies: Smartphone Snaps from Boston's Hottest Restaurants

By Scott Kearnan
March 11, 2014

To us, chefs are celebrities and restaurant life is the height of drama. (You've seen Hell's Kitchen, right?) And so, inspired by Ellen Degeneres' recent Oscars selfie alongside some of Hollywood's biggest and brightest, we reached out and requested some #Kitchenselfie submissions from restaurant teams around the city. Here are some of our favorites - and here's hoping we round up even more fun, creative crew photos soon. 

Leading Lady: Jody Adams at Rialto


If Boston's culinary scene had a Meryl Streep equivalent, it would probably be star chef Jody Adams. So we love that she rallied her team full of rising talent (including our recent 30 Under 30 honoree Peter McKenzie) for the #Kitchenselfie spotlight.

Largest Cast: 80 Thoreau

You think the city's crowded? Check out the kitchen cast assembled at this sophisticated suburban American in Concord. Their submission featured the most number of faces at 13. Someone has long arms. 

Most Inebriated: Bronwyn

The team at Somerville's standout German and Central European restaurant sort of broke the #Kitchenselfie rules, since their submission was neither in the kitchen, nor a selfie. We understand; obviously everyone needed their hands free to hoist a bier. Or maybe they just had one too many, and forgot. Either way, #winning.

Most Excited Chef: Chris Coombs at Deuxave 

He was deadly serious during cutthroat competitions on Chopped, but past 30 Under 30 honoree Chris Coombs was slightly more stoked in front of the #Kitchenselfie camera. The cheery Deuxave team clearly found his glee contagious.

Funkiest Bunch: Commonwealth 

Chef Nookie and his Commonwealth crew sent us this snapshot during their weekend "Marky Mark and the Funky Brunch." Backwards caps + chef-driven duckface + throwing signs + that cool shirt = Good Vibrations, y'all.  

Cutest Crew: Harvest

The adorableness is palpable in this shot. Chef Mary Dumont, with her arm slung over a shoulder, is the centerpiece of a team that looks so sweet and squeaky clean, they're fit to frame. We kind of want to hang out with this crew. 

Best Supporting Actress Look-alike: MJ O'Connors

When did Kate Hudson start working at this Irish pub? That blonde on the right has a second career as a body double if she needs it.

Best Sequel-style Shot: Post 390

Between the row of repeating dishes and reflective mirror, we somehow feel like we've seen everything here (at least) twice. 

Most Expressive: Blue Ox

The faces here run the gamut: from gleeful grins to a grimace, from fear in the foreground to general badass-ery in back. As they say in the biz: Great versatility. 

Places Mentioned

Harvest Restaurant

American • Cambridge

Food25 Decor24 Service23 Cost$49
The Blue Ox

American • Lynn

Food25 Decor22 Service22 Cost$40
Rialto Restaurant

Italian • Cambridge

Food25 Decor24 Service24 Cost$58
Post 390

American • Back Bay

Food22 Decor25 Service22 Cost$41

European • Somerville

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80 Thoreau

American • Concord

Food26 Decor23 Service25 Cost$53

American • Back Bay

Food26 Decor25 Service25 Cost$62
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