James Beard Award winner
Location: Birmingham, AL
Establishment: Highlands Bar and Grill, Bottega, Bottega Cafe and Chez Fonfon
Why he's a big deal: He was inducted into the "Whos Who in Food and Beverage" and awarded one of the "Best Chefs in America" by the James Beard Foundation. He is known for his gracious hospitality and exceptional French and Italian cuisine prepared with a Southern flair.