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Food & dining


First year’s a winner for West Bridge chef

West Bridge in Kendall Square is still less than a year old, but its chef and co-owner Matthew Gaudet is already turning heads. This month, Food & Wine magazine named the 41-year-old Gaudet one of America’s best new chefs, placing the Aquitaine alum in esteemed company with some of his neighbors. “Getting this award, it puts Kendall Square again in sort of the forefront,” Gaudet says. “Tony [Maws of Craigie on Main] is only a few blocks away and he won the same award in ’05. Barry [Maiden of Hungry Mother] won it [in 2009] and [Michael] Leviton [of Area Four] won it [in 2000] as well, plus the James Beard Award for [Ana Sortun at] Oleana. The neighborhood itself is great. I think it’s become a dining powerhouse for not just Boston, but the country. Cambridge is cool. The Harvest guy [Brian Mercury] just won [Food & Wine’s] people’s choice for pastry chef. We like it here.”

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