Barbara Lynch was not born into a storied culinary family. Her father died before she was born and Barbara was one of seven children raised by her widowed mother in the rough South Boston neighborhood presided over by organized crime figures like Whitey Bulger. But Lynch is now one of the most recognized chefs in the US, with multiple James Beard Awards as both a chef and a restaurateur, and the owner of seven Boston area restaurants, including the renowned No. 9 Park. Lynch bluffed her way into her first cooking job and since that point has been defining her own style with a mixture of polish and enthusiasm for great food. Her inspirational story of her rise will move and impress anyone contemplating their place in the contemporary culinary world.