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Jody Adams

2015 Speaker

JODY ADAMS is a James Beard award winning chef and visionary behind two of Massachusetts’ most well-known restaurants: Rialto, in Harvard Square, and TRADE, in Boston’s Seaport District.  Known as much for her humility, warmth and unshakeable work ethic as for her culinary skills, Adams has chartered an illustrious and adventurous career that has seen her competing on BRAVO’s “Top Chef Masters.” Adam’s was honored with the Best New Chef award by Food & Wine Magazine. In 1997, she received the James Beard Foundation award for The Perrier-Jouet Best Chef award: Northeast. Adams translated recipes from Rialto into “In the Hands of a Chef: Cooking with Jody Adams of Rialto Restaurant,” a book she co-wrote with her husband, Ken Rivard. A testament to her unwavering dedication, in 2004, ten years after its opening, Gourmet Magazine named Rialto one of the world’s best hotel restaurants. In January of 2007, Adams became the sole owner of the restaurant and focused the menu on regional Italian cuisine. The Boston Globe awarded Rialto four stars once again and Esquire Magazine named Rialto one of the best restaurants in the country in 2007. Most recently, Rialto was awarded a four-star rating from Mobile Travel Guides. Since 2011, Adams and her husband Ken have hosted the successful blog, The Garum Factory, a colorful narrative and recipe collection written for the home cook. @jodyadams @tradeboston @rialto02138