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4 Phoenix-Area Chefs to Watch and What Their Big-Name Bosses Say About Them

If you're any kind of food geek at all, you're already familiar -- by fork and good press -- with local celebrity chefs such as Chrysa Robertson, Chris Bianco, Kevin Binkley, Greg LaPrad and Charleen Badman. But what you're far less likely to know are the names and faces of the behind-the-scenes chefs and cooks who help make it all happen, the unsung heroes who keep their heads down and work while their bosses get all the glory.

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Here are four kitchen warriors and rising stars you ought to know. They're young, they're talented, they're modest, and they're going places -- but only if they want to. For now, they're all sitting tight, listening to and learning from their own personal Yodas.

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Nikki Buchanan