Jody Adams’ passion for food began at her family’s dinner table in New England, but it was not until she was a student at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, that her interest took a professional turn. A part time job with food writer, Nancy Verde Barr, made her realize that she was much happier in Barr’s kitchen than she was in Brown’s anthropology class. After graduating with a degree in anthropology, Chef Adams launched her career in 1983, working as a line cook at Seasons Restaurant in Boston, under Great Chef Lydia Shire. In 1986, she helped open Great Chef Gordon Hamersley’s Bistro as sous chef.
By 1990, she became executive chef a Michela’s in Cambridge, Massachusetts., after Great Chef Todd English had left, and in 1993, Great Chefs sought her out for their Great Chefs of the East series. In 1994, she opened Rialto in Cambridge’s Harvard Square, and Great Chefs television returned to document Chef Adams for their new series, Great Chefs – Great Cities.
In 1999, Great Chefs taped Chef Jody Adams for Weber’s Grill-Out Boston Special. In 2007, she became sole owner of Rialto, and it was rated 4 stars and one of the world’s best hotel restaurants. Since 2011, she and her husband Ken, have hosted the successful blog, The Garum Factory, and has raised over $250,000 with her team for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, which Great Chefs has proudly lent their trademark to.