Chris Fernandez, Chef, Poggio, San Francisco, CA

Two years ago a legend came knocking on the door of Chris Fernandez, and the young chef was smart enough to open the door. Larry Mindel, after decades of building the highly respected Il Fornaio chain of restaurant/ bakeries, declared it was time to focus his attentions on a singular Italian trattoria so authentic that it could be plopped down in Tuscany and be mistaken for one of

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