James Beard Award nominee
Title: Pastry Chef
Location: Atlanta, GA
Establishment: Restaurant Eugene
Why he's a big deal: While working at The Dining Room in the Ritz-Carlton Bulkhead, Russell became the youngest five-star pastry chef in the country. Chosen as one of Atlanta's 2012 Rising Stars and a three-time James Beard "Outstanding Pastry Chef" nominee, he is committed to local, organic ingredients and simple preparations.