Awards & Distinctions

James Beard Foundation

Maura Kilpatrick, Finalist, Outstanding Baker (2018)
Maura Kilpatrick, Finalist, Outstanding Pastry Chef (2015-2017)
Maura Kilpatrick Semifinalist, Outstanding Pastry Chef (2008-2014)
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Maura Kilpatrick, Boston’s Best Pastry Chef (2011)
Boston Magazine

Maura Kilpatrick, Boston’s Best Pastry Chef (2007-2009)
Boston Magazine


Best of Boston 2017: Best Pastries

Sofra Bakery & Cafe

Imagine a flakier, more buttery version of a Pop-Tart, stuffed with finely chopped pistachios and blackberries. A chocolate-hazelnut baklava that is fudgy, not cloyingly sweet. A densely textured yet delicate almond-rose cake. Ana Sortun and Maura Kilpatrick draw on inspiration from the Middle East, Turkey, and Greece to create their café’s sweets, and the result is otherworldly.

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Food 52

3 Different Takes
on Shakshuka
(All Are Winners!)

North African in origin, hugely popular in Israel, and staining tablecloths and t-shirts all over the Middle East and world at large, shakshuka is exactly the one-pan, bear hug of a dish that we want to eat for breakfast every morning—and then again for dinner every night.

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Serious eats

Ask a Pastry Chef: What to Eat at Sofra Bakery & Cafe, Cambridge, MA

What do you get when you transport the bold colors, inventive flavors, and exotic spices of the well-loved Cambridge restaurant Oleana into a cozy bakery and cafe? Sofra, the popular spot created by James Beard Award-winner Ana Sortun and 5-time "Best of Boston" pasty chef Maura Kilpatrick.

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saveur: restaurant review

Chef Ana Sortun's Levant-inspired Cuisine is as Surprising as Ever.

By Corby Kummer

When Chef Anna Sortun opened Oleana 11 years ago in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the restaurant—with its filigree lanterns, Turkish rugs, and sultry garden where musicians played the oud and hand drums—was a novelty. The food, an amalgam of Mediterranean cuisines that wandered all over North Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East, had hardly any precedent in Cambridge, or this country. I remember being surprised on an early visit by the startlingly vivid flavors:

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Improper Bostonian: Boston’s Best Pastries 2017

Sofra Bakery & Cafe

Berry scones, cinnamon rolls, nutty macaroons: You can get them anywhere. Date-filled ma’amoul, Syrian shortbread with raspberry jam, Turkish kunefe in chamomile syrup: You’ll find these in few places but Sofra, the Middle Eastern-inspired Cambridge cafe from James Beard winner Ana Sortun and James Beard finalist Maura Kilpatrick. The duo offers transporting flavors in sweet treats, za’atar spiced breads and savory pies, like lamb moussaka, made with high-quality ingredients that come from Sudbury’s Siena Farms, owned by Sortun’s husband.

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These 5 Boston Shops Are a Must for Food-Lovers

Sofra Bakery & Café This bakery and café also has a truly wonderful selection of provisions, including oils, vinegars, spice blends, and preserves made in house. Sofra is also a wonderful place to while away time in. I could stay there for hours and it seems others could, too, so make sure to get there early to grab a spot!

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food & wine

Brown Butter Pecan Pie With Espresso Dates

At Sofra Bakery & Cafe in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Maura Kilpatrick is known for her ingenious blending of American and Middle Eastern flavors. Here she balances sweet Medjool dates with bitter espresso and toasty brown butter for a pie that might look familiar but is surprisingly complex.

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bon appetit

The Middle Eastern Pastry Shop That Ottolenghi Hits When He’s in Town

Sofra, located in Cambridge, is worth the train-bus combo, Uber Pool, or bribed ride from a friend to make it here for breakfast or lunch. Ana Sortun, Boston’s reigning queen of Mediterranean cuisine, and pastry chef Maura Kilpatrick turn out a menu’s worth of must-orders.

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