Missy Robbins, Executive Chef, Spiaggia, Chicago, IL

The reputations of some restaurants are larger than life: Any young chef good enough to land a gig at one of them can put a big, fat, gold star on his or her resume. Spiaggia, Chicago's landmark Italian restaurant, is one such place.

Chef/partner Tony Mantuano, last year named "Best Chef" in the Midwest by the James Beard Foundation, has long had the pick of the litter, an

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