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Chefs are supposed to be passionate about ingredients and the dishes they create, so what happens when you meet a chef who believes that it’s not about the food? 


Misfit Chef is a cookbook memoir that answers the question, if it’s not about the food then what the hell is it about? Chef Christopher DeStefano takes us on a painstakingly honest and heartwarming journey through hysterical stories, breathtaking photography, and mouthwatering recipes from his acclaimed prepared food shop & restaurant, Christopher’s Table to find the answers.

From growing up in his grandparent's grocery store in East Boston to escaping a catering job that literally goes up in flames, leading culinary adventures through the streets of Paris and wild late night parties with drag queens in his restaurant's kitchen, Misfit Chef celebrates the power of food and reminds us of how it can bind us to the very best bits of life. 

8x10 Glossy hard cover. 222 color pages with stories, recipes and photographs by Cynthia August. Published by Tabletop Publications and Girl Friday Productions




Christopher J DeStefano is an award winning chef, serial entrepreneur, and  food writer who has been cooking professionally for over 16 years.  In 2008 DeStefano opened his celebrated prepared food shop and restaurant, Christopher’s Table on the North Shore of Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to running the day to day operation of his food shop, he has written food articles for local publications, led culinary tours through Paris, and hosted hundreds of guests at elaborate dinners in bucolic farm fields as part of the Dinner on the Farm series. 


In 2014 after closing Christopher’s Table, DeStefano managed some of the Boston area’s top restaurants, including Oak Long Bar & Kitchen in the venerable Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.  In 2019 DeStefano created an online culinary brand, Table Manners which sells homemade baked goods, freshly prepared foods,  and unique culinary gifts. In 2022 Table Manners was recognized by North Shore magazine as the area’s best personal chef service.  


Misfit Chef, his cookbook memoir is his first published  book.

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