Not many Culinary Institute of America grads choose to start their careers in the Far East, but Michael Schulson did. The Roslyn, NY, native spent time in Japan (Spago in Tokyo's Roppongi district; the Four Seasons Tokyo) and Thailand before returning to the U.S. to open Stephen Starr's original Buddakan in Philadelphia. He opened Philly's futuristic Pod before heading to New York to run 270-seat Buddakan, of which New York magazine says "Buddakan's non-Chinese chef Michael Schulson ...

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