Cambridge Institution Appoints New Executive Chef as it Approaches 40th Anniversary Milestone
CAMBRIDGE, MA (May 13, 2015) — Himmel Hospitality Group is pleased to name Tyler Kinnett Executive Chef of Harvest Restaurant, the Cambridge classic celebrating the modern New England Table. Kinnett will helm the kitchen and lead the distinguished culinary team as it prepares to celebrate its 40th anniversary this summer.
“We take great pride in the talent we nurture and grow in our very own restaurants,” says Chris Himmel, Executive Vice President, Himmel Hospitality Group (Harvest Restaurant, Grill 23 & Bar and Post 390). “Throughout his tenure at Harvest, Tyler has continued to push his creative boundaries and challenge the culinary team to always strive for greatness. We are thrilled to see him continue to lead the Harvest restaurant team as we write the next chapter for this storied restaurant — one that has been a launching pad for great culinary talent throughout its 40 year legacy.”
A graduate of the New England Culinary Institute in Montpelier, Kinnett began his career in Boston in 2009 under the tutelage of Gordon Hamersley, where he served as garde manger intern at the city’s famed Hamersley’s Bistro. Throughout his career, Kinnett trained in esteemed kitchens like Boston’s Sel de la Terre, where he held the position of sous chef; he also cooked in Fenway Park’s EMC Club during the 2010 and 2012 seasons.
Kinnett joined the team at Harvest in 2012 as a sous chef, where he was able to showcase his produce-driven cooking and fresh, regional ingredients to develop vibrant flavors in a seasonally rotating menu, and he quickly moved up the ranks. Throughout his time at Harvest, Kinnett took a short sabbatical to work at Paul Kahan’s Publican (Chicago) and also spent time in the kitchen of Thomas Keller’s Michelin-starred Per Se (New York City).
Most recently, Kinnett played a major role in shaping Harvest’s new six-course tasting menu for the restaurant’s reopening after a brief closure in January 2015 for interior renovations. With the forthcoming unveiling of the new patio, just in time for the Brattle Street restaurant’s 40th anniversary this summer, Kinnett is looking forward to taking the reins full-time and making his mark on Harvest Restaurant’s culinary legacy.
Kinnett is currently working to put his stamp on the menu, and will introduce new dishes in the coming weeks.