Corey Lee Chef/owner, Benu, San Francisco What's watchworthy: Lee, who has cooked with some of the best, is putting an indelible spin on his first place. It was tough for Corey Lee to leave Napa Valley's storied French Laundry after eight years, but the time was right. “I realized that my greatest responsibility there was that, as I continued to develop personally as a chef, I needed to leave it behind. It was about keeping the identity of the French Laundry and Thomas Keller. It wasn't ...

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