Boston chef Barbara Lynch has been named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world. The annual list includes everyone from world leaders (Vladimir Putin) to performers (Demi Lovato) to athletes (Tom Brady, naturally). Lynch — who is behind such restaurants as No. 9 Park, Menton, B&G Oysters, and Sportello — is the only chef on this year’s list. Her memoir, “Out of Line: A Life of Playing With Fire,” came out earlier this month.
“I am still processing it,” Lynch said in a press release. “I have truly experienced the American dream in building a company from the ground up that creates opportunities for passionate people devoted to the dining experience, where I can inspire, educate and contribute to my community. To be recognized for the hard work that went into achieving that dream is both humbling and gratifying.”
“Top Chef” host and author Padma Lakshmi penned Time’s salute to Lynch. “Barbara grew up in one of the poorest neighborhoods in Boston, and decided to enter one of the most male-dominated fields in the world,” Lakshmi wrote. “Now she has seven restaurants, two James Beard Awards and a memoir. She creates opportunities for herself, even when it seems like they do not exist. And she is creating opportunities for others as well, particularly young women.”
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