Brunswick chef named top in country

We already know that Maine has the best dining scene in New England. Now Brunswick is home to one of the hottest chefs of 2014. Take a bow Cara Stadler.


The owner of Tao Yuan is featured in Food and Wine Magazine’s Best New Chefs issue on newsstands now. The trailblazer and Le Cordon Bleu grad has worked under Gordon Ramsay, ran a supper club in China, and melds classical cooking with a passion for what’s fresh and seasonal.

She is in good company with this curated team of all stars.

It’s a good thing the Asian fusion house, a haven for Bowdoin College profs and food tourists, is closed this week as the line would likely snake up Maine Street with thousands clamoring and shouting “pork buns, pork buns!!!!”

The 26 year old joins 2014’s top toques from Texas to Oregon who “set the trends for restaurants across the country,” says magazine editor Dana Cowin on “For instance, this year’s winners are obsessed with wood-fired grilling and cooking with vegetables at every stage of ripeness.”

And Maine foodies are obsessed with Stadler’s refined, clean and zesty plates. Though James Beard overlooked her this year, clearly Stadler’s star is blazing. I’m sure that won’t happen twice.

The Mass native (don’t hold that against her) is in Aspen cooking in a top-tier food fest to celebrate the issue. She’ll be back in Brunswick June 24.

Meanwhile, Portland’s food intelligentsia want to know when her dumpling lounge opens. Details have been hard to come by. Urban Eye knows there will be a sunken bar from which to slurp your drunk chicken. See ya on the corner of Spring and Park!

Kathleen Pierce

About Kathleen Pierce

A lifelong journalist with a deep curiosity for what's next. Interested in food, culture, trends and the thrill of a good scoop. BDN features reporter based in Portland since 2013.