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Chef Jason Santos

One of Boston’s most creative and charismatic chefs, the blue haired Jason Santos has wowed guests with his innovative cuisine and his larger than life personality at his 3 bustling restaurants, Buttermilk & Bourbon, Citrus & Salt and Abby Lane.
While other kids grew up watching Sesame Street, Chef Jason Santos grew up experimenting in his grandmother's kitchen watching and idolizing Julia Child. It was during these years spent in the kitchen that Santos realized his passion for cooking- a passion he would spend the rest of his life cultivating.
After graduating from Newbury College's culinary arts program in Newton, MA Santos began his culinary career at Andy Husbands' Boston institution Tremont 647 at 19. Santos spent six years at Tremont 647 honing his personal style and rising in the ranks to executive chef. In 2005, Santos accepted the executive chef position at Gargoyles on the Square in Somerville’s Davis Square neighborhood. While at Gargoyles on the Square, Santos’ innovative cuisine transformed the restaurant from neighborhood stalwart to out-of-town dining destination.
Following his success in Boston’s best kitchens, Santos competed on Season 7 of Fox's hit television show Hell's Kitchen. Santos’s larger-than-life personality and culinary expertise quickly secured him as a fan favorite and garnered the attention of one of the industry's top critics, Chef Gordon Ramsay. His successful run on the show concluded with a runner-up finish and a newfound national recognition.
After Hell’s Kitchen wrapped, Santos returned to Boston to add restaurateur to his growing resume. In the summer of 2012, he opened Abby Lane, a creative American restaurant in Boston's theatre district. Within the next five years, Santos opened two more Boston mainstays- Buttermilk & Bourbon and Citrus & Salt.
Santos now divides his time as owner and executive chef at Abby Lane, a sleek, two-floor restaurant located in the heart of Boston's Theater District, Buttermilk & Bourbon, a southern inspired restaurant that offers a taste of southern hospitality in the heart of the city and Citrus & Salt, a coastal Mexican restaurant in the Back Bay. Santos’ cuisine at his concepts seamlessly combines Mexican, French, Southern and traditional American flavors- often incorporating molecular gastronomy techniques to create dazzling dishes that are as inventive as they are delicious.
Santos is also a recurring guest on the Today Show, the CBS Early Show, the CBS television show The Talk, and subsequent seasons of Hell's Kitchen. Santos also currently appears on the Paramount Network’s Bar Rescue- rehabilitating failing restaurants and bars as a chef expert alongside Jon Taffer.
Furthermore, Santos has had the honor of cooking to sold-out crowds at the James Beard House, served as a judge for several notable cooking events as well as a culinary instructor at both Boston University and Cambridge Rindge and Latin's culinary programs.
Despite balancing three hustling kitchens and media appearances, Santos is also the author of his newly published book “Butter & Bourbon: New Orleans Recipes with a Modern Flair.” Santos donates his time as both a board member and participating chef year after year to Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry, an organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger.