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Flavor Profile: Atelier Crenn’s Dominique Crenn

Hot on the heels of a kitchen-and-menus revamp at Atelier Crenn, the French native and America’s only female chef with two Michelin stars is penning her first book—part cookbook, part memoir—due out in 2015. Here, she answers our burning questions:

Flavor Profile: Gusto's George Morrone

The legendary restaurateur, cookbook author, and chef (formerly of Aqua, Fifth Floor, and Cliff House) — also known as mentor to Michael Mina— returns from a yearlong hiatus to helm the stoves at the new San Carlos restaurant Gusto.

Flavor Profile: Chef-Owner of Fog City Bruce Hill

The seasoned chef-owner of Bix, Zero Zero, and Larkspur’s Picco and Pizzeria Picco continues his reign at Fog City. As he celebrates the 10th anniversary of his patented Chef’s Press (an efficiency-boosting grill tool, available at Williams-Sonoma) this month, he readies two new sizes for launch.

Flavor Profile: Hapa Ramen's Richie Nakano

News flash: A fixture at the Ferry Building farmers market, Richie Nakano is set to open his first brick-and-mortar in the Mission in February 2014.

Flavor Profile: Traci Des Jardins of Jardinière and Mijita

Traci Des Jardins

News flash: After the September remodel of her Civic Center institution, Des Jardins prepares to open a Spanish-inflected restaurant, mercantile, and larder shop in the Presidio this February. Plus, look for a new Mexican spot later in 2014.

Flavor Profile: Merigan's Liza Shaw

liza shaw

News flash: The former A16 chef draws on her East Coast roots for the opening of her South Beach sub shop, Merigan, this month.

Flavor Profile: Delfina's Craig Stoll

Craig Stoll

Credentials: Delfina Restaurant Group chef-owner
News Flash: Stoll and his wife Annie take Pizzeria Delfina to Burlingame Palo Alto later this fall. Plus, an inaugural cookbook is in the works.

Flavor Profile: 20th Century Cafe's Michelle Polzine

Michelle Polzine

Credentials: 20th Century Cafe chef-owner
News Flash: The former Range pastry chef opened her first brick-and-mortar ode to retro style and Eastern European fare in Hayes Valley in June.

Flavor Profile: Aziza's Chef Mourad Lahlou

Mourad Lahlou

Credentials: Chef-owner, Aziza
News Flash: Named State Chef (aka gastronomical diplomat to the world) in 2012 by Hilary Clinton, Lahlou preps for opening his second Moroccan restaurant in the historic Telephone & Telegraph Building in SoMa.

Flavor Profile: Robert Mondavi Winery's Margrit Mondavi

Margrit Mondavi

Credentials: Robert Mondavi Winery vice president of cultural affairs

News flash: This month, the reigning queen of Napa celebrates the 100th birthday of her late husband Robert Mondavi.

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