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A top chef in town, and she’s just 29

How Kristen Kish made the leap from line-cook to ‘Top Chef’ to rising star of Boston’s culinary scene

While shopping at the Copley Square Farmers Market, Kristen Kish stopped by the Siena Farms stand, a favorite of hers. Slicing off pieces of fresh produce — candy-striped beet, Persian cucumber — Kish mused aloud about how she might put each ingredient to use at Menton, the elegant Congress Street restaurant where she took over as chef de cuisine this summer.

Her presence did not go unnoticed. Kish, 29, is a former model, and, after her winning appearance last February on Bravo TV’s “Top Chef,” is highly recognizable. Before long, she was approached by several passersby.

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