Alex Pineda

Executive Sous-Chef, Scampo
Don’t hand a seven-year-old a kitchen knife — unless you’re Lydia Shire, matriarch of Boston’s dining scene. Her son (with butcher and kitchen manager Uriel Pineda) took his first steps in the kitchen of Shire’s legendary BIBA, where he was making pizzas at seven. He’s since cooked for Wolfgang Puck Catering and at Waterhouse in the New Hampshire mountains. Now at Shire’s Scampo, Pineda is both proud of his legacy and looking to carve his own path. To that end, he plans to eventually reopen BIBA, where his journey began.