Waltham's James Beard Nominee

Patricia Estorino a Gustazo Chef

 

by Chris Wangler

February 25, 2022

 

Gustazo chef Patricia Estorino has been nominated for a prestigious culinary award.
 
Patricia, a Waltham resident, is one of 20 semifinalists for Best Chef in the Northeast in the James Beard Foundation’s 2022 Restaurant and Chef Awards.
 
“It is a great honor for me to receive this nomination,” Patricia said.
 
The awards, established in 1991, recognize the country’s finest chefs and restaurants. The winners will be announced on June 13, 2022.
 
Patricia’s husband Adolfo said her James Beard Award nomination is an important first for Waltham. “This is like the Oscars of the culinary world,” he said.
 
There are two Gustazo locations serving fine Cuban cuisine: one in Cambridge and one in Waltham on Moody Street. “I am grateful for my teams at both restaurants,” Patricia said.
 
She and Adolfo have grown their Waltham location from a small gem into one of the region’s top restaurants, earning accolades from Boston Magazine and others.
 
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