Food Writer

Devra First

Devra First is the Globe’s food writer and restaurant critic. She writes features about the world of food, restaurant reviews, and critical pieces exploring the cultural and societal meaning of food and restaurants.

First has worked at the Globe as a writer and editor since 2000. She was previously the Globe’s food editor. She has also served as assistant arts editor in the Globe’s Living/Arts department and worked at the Boston Phoenix (RIP). First is originally from New York.

Latest stories

Munch Madness 2019: The restaurant tournament begins

By , Globe staff

Here’s how it works: 64 local establishments face off on an NCAA-style bracket to battle it out for top honors. You vote for your favorites in each round to determine the winner.

Pioneering chef Lydia Shire’s guide to life

By , Globe Staff

She became chef at Maison Robert when women were unheard of in “serious” French kitchens. She took over Locke-Ober, which once barred women from its dining room. What can we learn from her experiences?

Quick Bite

What’s it like at chef Karen Akunowicz’s new restaurant, Fox & the Knife?

By , Globe Staff

The James Beard award winner brings Italian food and good energy to South Boston.


Who is on the James Beard list of semifinalists for 2019?

By , Globe Staff

Many local favorites appear, from perennial mentions to some exciting new names.