Since opening in 1994, Jody Adams’s four-star Rialto Restaurant has been hailed as “one of the world’s best hotel restaurants” by Gourmet magazine and “one of the top 20 new restaurants in the country” by Esquire. Adams, a James Beard Award–winning chef/restaurateur, has earned a national reputation for her creative use of New England ingredients in regional Italian cuisine. And her commitment to supporting local farms and purveyors extends beyond the kitchen. In 2008, she launched an internal educational program, Guerilla Grilling, designed to connect her staff to the farmers and artisan producers who supply the restaurant. Rialto’s Guerilla Grillers have visited local vegetable farms, cheese producers, an oyster farm, and even a chocolate factory.
Adams is actively involved in organizations that support children’s advocacy and hunger relief. She received the Humanitarian of the Year Award from Share Our Strength. She published her first cookbook in 2002, In the Hands of a Chef: Cooking with Jody Adams of Rialto Restaurant. In 2010, she was a contestant on Top Chef Masters, BRAVO TV’s popular culinary competition. She was inducted into the 2010 Massachusetts Restaurant Association Hospitality Hall of Fame. And she opened a new restaurant, Trade, last month in Boston’s Fort Point Channel neighborhood.