Photo courtesy of Salt Bistro
Ron Stern

Chef Bradford Heap's passion for cuisine is obvious...and infectious to anyone who engages him in a conversation about food. When I asked him about one of his dishes I saw him prepping, he talked with almost evangelical fervor about the "bean eaters of Tuscany" and how they create healthy and flavorful dishes using simple, local ingredients. You might even say that Bradford's entire foodie worldview was shaped by his early years learning and honing his culinary skills.