Age: 31. Why she's rising: Bellagio boasts some of the top marquee names in foodservice from Sirio Maccioni's Le Cirque to Todd English's Olives. It was Blau's efforts—drawn from her foodie upbringing, her education at Cornell and having spent more than half her life in food and beverage operations—that persuaded them to clone their concepts there. Those who know her well say she'll have no difficulty persuading other restaurant "headliners" to do likewise. Schooling: BA, government ...

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