Hi all—I'm working on a project that involves interviewing chefs from around the country. Being formerly Boston-based and currently Denver-based, I've got the NE and the SW well covered, but I don't know the SE at all.
Oscar del Rivero has gotten my attention, but I always trust Chowhound to give me a boots-on-the-ground sense of things. I did a cursory board search, and it seems he's got a solid local rep; is a that fair assessment on my part? Is he among the most beloved, but not overexposed, MIA-area chefs? If so or if not, whom (else) do you consider your city's favorite sons & daughters?