September 12, 2013
James Beard Award-winner and Relais & Châteaux Grand Chef Barbara Lynch is regarded as one of Boston’s—and the country’s—leading chefs and restaurateurs. In 1998, Barbara opened a restaurant of her own, No. 9 Park, in Boston’s Beacon Hill neighborhood.
She opened two restaurants in the South End in 2003: B&G Oysters and The Butcher Shop. In 2005, Niche Catour, a catering company; Plum Produce in September 2006; and next door, Stir, in 2007. In fall 2008 Barbara launched two concepts in Boston’s Fort Point neighborhood: Drink and Sportello.
In spring 2010 Barbara and her team opened Menton, a fine dining restaurant. Menton has been named one of both Bon Appétit and Esquire magazine’s best new restaurants in 2010, being nominated as a James Beard Foundation Awards 2011 finalist for Best New Restaurant, and a four star review from The Boston Globe. In 2012, Menton became the first and only Relais & Châteaux property in Boston and it recieved AAA’s Five Diamond Award and Forbes Travel Guide’s Five-Star Award. Barbara is currently the only female in the United States to hold the distinguished title of Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux.
In 2003, The James Beard Foundation named her “Best Chef Northeast” and Travel & Leisure proclaimed No. 9 Park one of the “Top 50 Restaurants in America.” For two consecutive years, No. 9 Park was named “Best Restaurant, General Excellence” by Boston Magazine, and Gourmet included it as one of “America’s Top 50 Restaurants” in 2006. In 2007, Boston Magazine named Barbara “Best Chef.”
In 2009, Barbara was honored to join Doris Kearns Goodwin and Julia Child as a recipient of the Crittenton Women’s Union’s Amelia Earhart Award. In 2011, she was named Distinguished Chef by Johnson and Wales University.