James Beard Award winner
Title: Owner & Executive Chef
Location: Atlanta, GA
Establishment: Bacchanalia, Quinones, Abattoir, Star Provisions, Floataway Cafe, Summerland Farm
Why she's a big deal: She was awarded "Best Chef: South" by the James Beard Foundation and a semi-finalist for "Outstanding Chef". Inspired by Alice Waters and Judy Rodgers, she is the grande dame of Atlanta's culinary scene.