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Stephanie Cmar IN at Fairsted Kitchen

The Top Chef alum is taking over as executive chef.

Stephanie Cmar
Stephanie Cmar
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Stephanie Cmar is taking over as executive chef at Fairsted Kitchen in Brookline, the restaurant announced today, as the previous chef Jason Albus heads to Jamaica Plain to open The Frogmore with Fairsted Kitchen's owners, Andrew Foster and Steve Bowman, this summer.

Cmar is an alum of two seasons of Top Chef, and prior to that, she worked her way through multiple Barbara Lynch Gruppo restaurants. Lately, she's been serving up donuts and more as part of the Party of Two pop-up, a collaboration with Justin Burke-Samson, who is continuing on in the pop-up vein.

Cmar will be serving a menu showcasing her "love of French and Italian food but with a Middle Eastern spin," she says via the release.

The Fairsted team also recently promoted head bartender Will Izasa to "spirit whisperer," and he's beefing up the beverage program, including more bottled and draft cocktails.

Fairsted Kitchen

Beacon St, Brookline, MA (617) 396-8752