Boston, MA - 2018 proved to be an interesting year for Tiffani Faison. She unveiled her third venture, the acclaimed “adult snack bar” Fool’s Errand in the Fenway to uniformly rave reviews. She was nominated for the 2018 James Beard Best Chef Northeast Award. She remains an outspoken advcate of LGBTQ platforms publicly, maintaining a high profile at local charities and non profit fundraisers. And she’s generally enjoyed her status as one of Boston’s most revered, public and at times, hotly contested, chefs. All of which may be both in spite of and because of her rise to the national spotlight as a notoriously short tempered contestant on the first season of Top Chef—a role which was immortalized by the Washington Post in one phrase as rationale for the show’s initial success: “massive hatred toward season one runner-up Tiffani Faison.”
Faison’s already prepared her latest undertaking for 2019—the Italian influenced Orfano, which she hopes to launch by summer. While she’s being tight-lipped about the venture so far, she has stated that it will be located in the Pierce Boston, a new luxury high rise on the corner of Brookline Avenue and Boylston Street in the Fenway.
The restaurant will be the fourth venture for Faison, who also runs Big Heart Hospitality alongside her wife, Kelly Walsh. She debuted her first restaurant, Sweet Cheeks Barbecue, in 2011; a venture still wildly popular after some eight years. Her second, the Southeast Asian inspired Tiger Mama, premiered in 2015.
Faison, who began her career as a sous chef in numerous Todd English establishments, first rose to local prominence not on account of her appearances on Top Chef but as the executive chef of Michela Larson’s South End Italian eatery Rocca in 2009. However, it was her experiences on the show which prompted Faison to pen a controversial essay, “I’m a Woman and a Chef. I Shouldn’t Have to Care If You Like Me.” for popular food blog Eater last year.
No definitive date for the opening of Orfano has been scheduled yet.