Chef / Owner
Jason Santos developed a passion for cooking before his ninth birthday. While other kids were watching Sesame Street, he grew up experimenting in his grandmother's kitchen while watching Julia Child, the world's original TV chef.
By age 19, he was a graduate of Newbury College's culinary arts program, in Newton, Mass. He cut his teeth at Andy Husbands' Tremont 647 and rose through the ranks to executive chef. After 6 years honing his personal style there, he joined Gargoyles on the Square as executive chef in 2005. There, his cuisine transformed the restaurant from neighborhood stalwart to out-of-town destination dining hotspot.
His fusion of new techniques and exotic ingredients into bistro fare earned plaudits from several Boston publications, including The Boston Globe, where he landed the cover of the Food Section.
Santos appeared on Season 7 of Fox's hit television show Hell's Kitchen, where he was fan favorite and garnered the attention of one of the industry's top critics, Chef Gordon Ramsay. His run with Ramsay earned him runner-up status and a rise to national attention. He quickly added restaurant owner to his list of credits, when he opened Blue Inc., a creative American restaurant in Boston's financial district.
Jason divides his time as owner and chef at Abby Lane, a sleek, two-floor restaurant located in the heart of Boston's Theater District; Buttermilk & Bourbon, a New Orleans influenced restaurant with as much character and charm as the city itself; and at Citrus & Salt, a coastal Mexican restaurant in Boston’s Back Bay. His fourth restaurant, B & B Fish, in Marblehead, features coastal New England summertime favorites with Jason’s signature twists.
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 appears regularly on the popular Paramount TV hit show, Bar Rescue- where he rehabilitates failing restaurants and bars as a restaurant consultant alongside Jon Taffer. You can also catch Jason on Fox’s hit show Hell’s Kitchen season 19 alongside Chef Gordon Ramsay as his sous chef for the Blue Team
In March of 2019, Santos debuted his first cookbook, Buttermilk & Bourbon, which is available at bookstores across the nation and on Amazon.