Chefs to Watch 2016: John daSilva, Spoke, Somerville, Massachusetts

Liz Grossman

When Dave Jick and Felisha Foster first approached John daSilva about helming the kitchen of Spoke, the wine bar they were opening in Somerville, Mass., they unintentionally almost talked the chef out of it.

“They told me the kitchen would be 88 square feet with a small convection oven, a couple induction burners, a small table-top fryer, no vent. I was really turned off,” daSilva says...