We don't know if Melissa Perello is a fan of Dr. Frank N. Furter, but she's built a career by following The Rocky Horror Picture Show character's advice: Don't dream it, be it! Jersey girl Perello boned out a leg of lamb at age 12, earned a spot as executive chef of a top Bay Area restaurant at 24, captured a James Beard Rising Star nomination at 26, and has been nominated as 2004's James Beard Chef of the Year. While dining at Aqua, Perello's dream came alive when she mentioned to a waiter ...

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