René Becker, owner of Shepard, is also the founder and owner of the Hi-Rise Bread Co., an award-winning bakery and cafe, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Before opening the Hi-Rise in 1996, Becker was a journalist and wrote for various publications including Boston Magazine, where he was Senior Writer and restaurant critic.
Scott L. Jones joined Rene Becker and the crew at Shepard as the Executive Chef in January 2018. He previously spent eight years with the team at the Barbara Lynch Gruppo as chef de cuisine at No 9 Park in 2013, chef de cuisine at Menton in 2014, and as the BLG Culinary Director in 2016. Scott started at No 9 Park in 2009 with no experience in a kitchen after leaving his PhD at Harvard Medical School behind, believing that he would find more joy in feeding his friends, family, and guests in the restaurant every day with his food and hospitality. Scott used to live in the Shepard area while he earned his undergraduate degree in biochemistry at Harvard, and is excited to return to the neighborhood as a chef.