After meeting in Boston, Chefs Ken and Jamie quickly bonded over all things food, discussing types of cuisine and favorite cookbook recipes. Realizing they shared a unique passion, the natural next step was to combine their talents. When Chef Ken's steakhouse concept, KO Prime, came to life, Jamie was at the helm of the kitchen.
Their next venture, Toro, opened in 2005 to critical acclaim in Boston's South End. Serving Barcelona-style hot and cold tapas, Toro remains a staple Boston dining experience 12 years later. The duo next opened Coppa, just down the street from Toro in 2010. An intimate enoteca, Coppa serves Italian influenced small plates, focusing on local and seasonal ingredients. Ken and Jamie next brought the Toro concept to New York in 2013. Toro New York's refined, industrial space channels the spirit of Barcelona, while maintaining the flavor and energy that was born in Toro Boston.
The chef powerhouse expanded to Cambridge, MA in 2016. The opening of Little Donkey brought a dynamic global tapas restaurant to Central Square. The ever changing and cross culturally inspired menu allowed Ken and Jamie the freedom to experiment in the kitchen, and offer an array of flavors that speak to their experience dining all over the world. In the same year, the next Toro concept opened in Bangkok. Never slowing down, Ken and Jamie debuted Toro Dubai in the fall of 2017.
Jamie Bissonnette is the James Beard Award-winning chef and partner of Boston favorites Toro, a Barcelona-style tapas bar, and sister restaraunt Coppa, an Italian enoteca, in the South End. Toro also has homes in New York City, Bangkok, and Dubai. Bissonnette was awarded the inaugural People’s Choice: Best New Chef award by Food & Wine magazine. In May 2014, he was honored with the James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef: Northeast. In 2016, Bissonnette, alongside chef partner Ken Oringer opened Little Donkey, in Cambridge, MA. Visit Jamie's website.
Chef Ken Oringer is one of Boston's most notable chefs. A James Beard Award-winner, Oringer has built an empire of restaurants inspired by his travels around the world: Uni sashimi bar, and Italian enoteca Coppa in Boston; as well as Barcelona tapas bar Toro in Boston, NYC, Bangkok and Dubai. In 2016, following the expansion of Uni, Oringer opened Little Donkey in Cambridge, MA with chef partner Jamie Bissonnette - Little Donkey. Visit Ken's website.