Devra First

First is the restaurant critic and food reporter for the Globe. Prior to that, she was an editor in the Globe's Living/Arts department and a regular contributor to the Cheap Eats and Sauce columns. First attended Grinnell College in Iowa and grew up in New York. She currently lives in Boston.

Latest stories

Baked beans and innovation on ‘Top Chef: Boston’

By , Globe Staff

This week’s episode does right by Boston, challenging people’s ideas about what it is and is not.

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Gentle experimentation at Café ArtScience

By , Globe Staff

Every aspect of the Kendall Square spot is lavished with care and presented with enthusiasm.

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Fair trade and facials at Whole Foods in the South End

By , Globe Staff

At the new, 50,000-square-foot Whole Foods buy groceries, eat anything from Middle Eastern pastry to sushi to cassoulet, or go to the in-house spa.

New England seafood’s the star on ‘Top Chef’

By , Globe Staff

The contestants had family members to help them in this week’s episode, but it was the region’s seafood that shined.