Vitaly Paley

In the last decade, this Russian-born, French-trained, ex-concert pianist has become almost synonymous with fine dining in the Pacific Northwest. One of his restaurants, Paley's Place Bistro & Bar is consistently rated a top American restaurant by Zagat while his latest, Imperial at Hotel Lucia is also generating lots of PacNo buzz. Paley is also no stranger to James Beard -- as a Winner for "Best Chef Pacific Northwest" in 2005 and Semifinalist for Outstanding Chef in 2012.

When he's not busy writing cookbooks, you might find him at one of these:

Sushi Seki - New York, NY - "I dream about their spicy scallop roll."

Palace Kitchen - Seattle, WA - "Simplicity at its finest."

Nuestra Cocina - Portland, OR - "Ben Gonzales makes the food I crave."

North End Grill - New York, NY - "My new fave in NYC, really a new and exciting way to wood-fire grilled everything."

Incanto - San Francisco, CA - "I really love the undying creativity and really satisfying flavors."