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Chef & Cookbook Author

Ken Oringer

Chef & Cookbook Author

Co-author of Cooking with My Dad, the Chef and also one of Boston’s most notable chefs and restaurateurs, Ken Oringer has over 30 years of experience in the restaurant industry. In 1997, after working in renowned restaurants from New York City to San Francisco, Ken opened his first restaurant, Clio, in Boston. In its first year, Clio was named “Best Newcomer of the Year” by Gourmet magazine, one of “America’s Best New Restaurants” by Esquire, and also earned Ken a James Beard Award nomination. Since then, he has gone on to open various restaurants in Boston, as well as abroad, to much critical acclaim. Ken’s inspiration for his concepts comes from his extensive travels throughout Asia, Europe, and beyond.


Uni (Boston, MA)

Toro (Boston, MA)

Coppa (Boston, MA)

Little Donkey (Cambridge, MA)

Little Donkey Bangkok (Bangkok, Thailand)

Faccia a Faccia (Boston, MA)

Bar Pallino (Boston, MA)

Awards and Accolades: Highlights

James Beard Award, Outstanding Restaurateur - nominated 2017–2020

James Beard Award, Best Chef: Northeast - 2001 winner; 2000, 1999, 1998 Nominee

Food Network’s Iron Chef America, winner in the coffee battle - 2008

StarChefs Rising Star Mentor Award - 2010