PHOTOS BY CONOR DOHERTY :: SHOT AT JM CURLEY
Jamie Bissonnette, Chef-owner at Coppa and Toro
"I started getting tattoos when I was really young. I was a punk kid; I was a hardcore kid. I didn't want to be the same as everybody else. When someone looked at me, I wanted them to know that I wasn't the lacrosse player from the suburbs. I wanted people to know, 'Fuck your society — I'm different,' and I feel like a lot of chefs are similar in that way. We've chosen a career path where we can look however the fuck we want. Can you have blue hair and tattoos and be a lawyer? Probably, but you've got to be really accomplished before you go there. Here, you can start out with piercings and tongue rings, and nobody cares."