Rising Star Chef Rachel Klein of Aura at the Seaport Hotel - Biography

Boston, MA

March 2011

2009 Boston Rising Star Chef Rachel Klein grew up in New York City; it’s almost a given that she developed an interest in food at a young age. Her family travels throughout the United States and Europe also played their parts, as did her Eastern European heritage.

Klein graduated New York Restaurant School and found her home in the kitchens of Peter Hoffman’s The Savoy and Anita Lo’s Anissa. She then moved to Providence, Rhode Island, and took the helm of the X.O. Café kitchen, where she received national recognition for her individual take on global cuisine. While the executive chef of Lot 401, Klein was named one of America’s best new restaurants in 2004 by Esquire.

After leaving Providence, Klein continued to make headlines as executive chef at OM Restaurant in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her inventive cuisine garnered her both local and national attention. In 2006, she was recognized by both The Boston Globe and Boston Magazine as Boston’s “Best New Chef.” Also that year, OM secured a coveted position on the Conde Nast Traveler “Hot List,” and earned recognition as one of Esquire’s “Best New Restaurants in America.”

Klein continues to personalize and perfect her approach to her cooking at Aura, where things like Borscht take on a new form and meaning. Her playful approach to cooking continues to make a mark on the Boston culinary scene, and she intends to channel that into a restaurant of her own in the future.