Melissa Perello, Executive Chef, Charles Nob Hill, San Francisco, CA

We don't know if Melissa Perello is a fan of Dr. Frank N. Furter, but she's built a career by following The Rocky Horror Picture Show character's advice: Don't dream it, be it! Jersey girl Perello boned out a leg of lamb at age 12, earned a spot as executive chef of a top Bay Area restaurant at 24, captured a James Beard Rising Star nomination at 26, and has been nominated as 2004's

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