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What is the Chef Network? 

At Backyard Farms, the only thing we love more than growing fresh tomatoes year-round is helping tomato lovers like you find new, creative ways to enjoy them. That’s why we’ve partnered with some of New England’s premier chefs and rising culinary stars to bring you a constant variety of delicious tomato recipes.

Our Chef Network members aren’t just paid endorsers – they’re huge fans of our tomatoes and use them in their own kitchens, restaurants and special events. As members of the Backyard Farms family, our Chef Network partners share their expertise and creativity with us as well as their opinions and suggestions for new varieties and promotional opportunities. It’s a win/win relationship that enables us to learn from respected culinary experts in our market area while also providing our customers with fresh ideas to make entertaining and daily meal prep easier and more enjoyable.

Meet our Chefs

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  • Shannon Bard

    Zapoteca Restaurant

    Shannon Bard is New England's proverbial Wonder Woman. She is an innovative chef of two highly regarded restaurants, wife and mother of five. A rising star of the New England culinary scene, she credits her family for inspiring her passion for authentic, seasonally influenced Mexican dishes with a bold, innovative flair.

    Chef Bard is the recent winner of the Food Network's "Kitchen Inferno" and has appeared on “Beat Bobby Flay."  She is also the author of a new cookbook, The Gourmet Mexican Kitchen.

  • Richard Rayment

    Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center

    A native of London, England, Chef Richard Rayment’s career has taken him around the world and yet, he continues to return to Boston. Chef Rayment has worked at many renowned restaurants and hotels including onboard a luxury liner in the P & O Cruise Line fleet; the Four Diamond, Four Star Royal Westminster Hotel in London; the Fairmont Hamilton Princess in Bermuda; and the St. James’s Club in London. He worked for Ritz-Carlton Hotels for many years at both the San Francisco and Boston flagship property.

  • Mary Ann Esposito

    Ciao Italia

    If you’re a New Englander, it’s likely you’ve heard of this talented, award-winning chef. Mary Ann Esposito is the creator and host of Ciao Italia, America’s longest running television cooking show, and is the author of 12 cookbooks focused on traditional Italian recipes, food, and culture. This makes her the perfect chef partner to help us create original recipes centered around an Italian favorite, the tomato!

    We collaborate with her on all things tomato: recipes, tips and demos. Together we have a series of online cooking videos where our chef partner demonstrates new recipes, teaches us tomato tips and tricks, and offers her culinary expertise on cooking and preparing different tomato varietals. We look forward to new recipes and collaborations with this accomplished chef. In the meantime, you can check out her latest cookbook, “Ciao Italia Family Traditions,” here

  • Liz Harris

    Floating Kitchen

    Liz Harris is a former research scientist turned food blogger who is obsessed with coastal living, her dog, podcasts and anything covered with maple syrup. A self described “experimental cook and eater”, Liz loves to try new things in the kitchen, and she hopes to encourage other people to do the same. Her family owns a small farm, hydroponic greenhouse and wholesale produce business in New Hampshire called Donabedian Bros

    Her blog, Floating Kitchen, is a collection of savory and sweet dishes that are innovative and unique, yet still familiar and approachable.