Fernanda Tapia

Xhibition Kitchen
September 24, 2018 12:00PM - 1:00PM

Join us for this Xhibition Kitchen event  •  Free Cooking Demonstration 

Fernanda Tapia

About the Chef: Fernanda Tapia grew up surrounded by amazing women cooks in Chile, but it wasn’t until her junior year at Brandeis University when she decided to pursue a career in the culinary world. Upon graduation, she enrolled at the Culinary Arts program at Boston University. She had the privilege of learning from renowned Chef Jacque Pepin as well as some of the best chefs in Boston. After receiving her culinary training, Fernanda stayed at BU and completed a Masters in Gastronomy as well as a certificate in wine studies from the Elizabeth Bishop Wine Resource Center. She then joined 51 Lincoln and worked at all the stations until she became Chef de Cuisine. In 2012, Fernanda was named one of the “Top 30 Under 30” in the Boston restaurant scene by Zagat.

In 2013, Fernanda started the cooking school at 51 Lincoln, which she ran until September of that year, when she decided it was time to look for a restaurant space of her own. While looking for a space, she decided to learn more about catering and went to work as a chef for one of the best catering companies in Massachusetts, Max Ultimate Food. 

In 2014, Fernanda went on to work for Cassie Piuma at her outstanding Somerville hotspot, Sarma. There, she gained an appreciation for bold and adventurous Mediterranean spices and flavors.

In 2014, Fernanda opened Comedor, and has since received numerous accolades including “25 Best New Restaurants” in Boston in 2015, “Best South American Restaurant” in 2016, and “Best West Brunch” in 2017.  

Fernanda has a love for all sports and the outdoors. She is an avid yoga practitioner, which she credits to her ability to stay calm and focused in the kitchen. When she is not on the mat, she can be found rock climbing, running, or hiking.

Free admission: If you would like to attend just the Xhibition Kitchen event without eating lunch in the dining room, please sign in with an ID and proceed directly to the XK. If you plan to stay for lunch and eat in the dining room, please pay the à la carte meal rate upon entrance. Thank you and enjoy the show!

The cutting edge venue at the dining halls is the Xhibition Kitchen, located at 11 Speare Place inside Stetson West Eatery. A variety of programs are hosted in this innovative kitchen which include chef demonstrations, cooking classes, book signings and interactive display cooking.