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Baker runs Gather, located in beautiful Berkley, Calif. and is developing a new establishment in San Francisco called Verbena. Gather has been described as the "Omnivore's Solution" by San Francisco Magazine and a "Michael Pollan book come to life” by The New York Times. In his cooking, Baker is all about sustainable ingredients and heirloom varietals, working with local producers to source whole, sustainable foods. So it's obvious why this 2013 Rising Star Chef Award winner had to be included on our list!
Date-night dinner: My wife Renée loves simple dinners like "beans and greens." We have an abundance of shelling beans right now that go really well with beautiful greens such as Treviso, mustards, and escarole. Often I will slow roast a piece of fish such as salmon, sea bass, or halibut, finished with a bit of olive oil and citrus.
Favorite way to sweat: I really enjoy long urban hikes. For example, I'll hike to the top of Twin Peaks, then down to Ocean Beach and go swimming in the Yuba River. That was my favorite way to sweat this summer.
Food splurge: Pliny the Elder at Toronado with a chicken habanero sausage.
Feast your eyes on these super-sexy, talented chefs who are spicing things up both in and out of the kitchen
Feast your eyes on these super-sexy, talented chefs who are spicing things up both in and out of the kitchen.