Chef-Owner, Clio, Uni, Toro, La Verdad, Coppa, Earth (Boston, MA and New York, NY)
As one of Boston’s most notable chefs and restaurateurs, Chef Ken Oringer’s career began under Chef David Burke at River Café in New York City. He then moved to New England to work as the Pastry Chef at Al Forno in Providence, Rhode Island and Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Le Marquis de Lafayette in Boston.
After spending time as the Chef de Cuisine at acclaimed San Francisco dining destination Silks in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Oringer returned to Boston in 1997 to open Clio, which was named “Best Newcomer of the Year” by Gourmet magazine and made the list of “America’s Best New Restaurants” in Esquire. Oringer opened Uni in 2002 (named “Best Sushi Bar” by Boston Magazine), followed by Toro in Boston’s South End. In 2007 he opened the Mexican restaurant La Verdad adjacent to Fenway Park. In April 2008, Oringer stepped into Kitchen Stadium on the Food Network’s Iron Chef America where he faced Iron Chef Cat Cora in a coffee battle, ultimately winning by four points.
Most recently, Ken opened a New York incarnation of his popular Barcelona-style tapas Bar Toro in South Chelsea. When he is not working, Oringer spends his time at home with his wife Celine, daughter Verveine and son, Luca.