While that gesture of support is one Lynch herself never received, Boston's culinary scene is full of precedents for women chefs. One cornerstone of the city’s food scene, Lydia Shire, has had a deep impact on nearly every top Boston name you can dig up -- Lynch and Chang, but also Jasper White, Jody Adams, Gordon Hamersley, and Keith Pooler. Shire, in her turn, was a protégée of Julia Child herself.
Child and her husband settled in Cambridge in 1961, the year Mastering the Art of French Cooking was released and changed home cooking forever. Child’s show, The French Chef, was broadcast on Boston network WGBH, and she became a columnist for The Boston Globe. Although she was an import here, Boston fully embraced her, and her blend of warmth and tremendous technical skill had a lasting effect on her adopted city.