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2011 IDEAS Boston speaker: Jody Adams

June 7, 2011

Here is a little bit of information about one of this year’s IDEAS Boston speakers, chef Jody Adams.

Jody Adams is a James Beard award-winning chef with a national reputation for her imaginative use of New England ingredients in regional Italian cuisine. Rialto, her four-star restaurant in Cambridge, has been named “one of the top 20 new restaurants in the country” by Esquire and “one of the world’s best hotel restaurants” by Gourmet. Beginning her culinary career as a line cook at Seasons restaurant, she went on to open Hamersley’s Bistro as sous-chef and then served as executive chef at Michela’s in Cambridge, where Food & Wine listed her as “one of America’s ten best new chefs.” Soon thereafter, Adams opened Rialto in Harvard Square, collecting many honors as a result, including being inducted into the National Restaurant Hospitality Hall of Fame. Adams has been featured in The New York TimesThe Boston GlobeBon Appetit, among many others. She was a contestant on the second season of Top Chef Masters, Bravo’s popular culinary competition, where she prevailed through cooking challenges like off-site wedding wars, preparing a meal for Lisa Simpson, and feeding the cast and crew of the television show Modern Family, before finally meeting her nemesis in the form of a frozen goat leg. In addition to running Rialto, Adams published a cookbook, In the Hands of a Chef: Cooking with Jody Adams of Rialto Restaurant (Harper Collins Publishers; January 2002). She co-wrote the book with her husband, Ken Rivard. Adams has a strong commitment to hunger relief and is known for her loyal support of The Greater Boston Food Bank, Share Our Strength, and Partners In Health. In October 2010, Share Our Strength presented Jody with the Humanitarian of the Year award.

Registration for the Oct. 20, 2011 conference at the University of Massachusetts Boston opens this Friday, June 10.

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