Michael MinaExecutive chef, Aqua, and Charles Nob Hill, San Francisco. Age: 27. Why he's rising: After four years of toiling in the trenches of Aqua, considered by many to be the city's best upscale seafood restaurant, Mina last year was named executive chef. Just months ago, he was also named executive chef of the new Charles Nob Hill, a classically French-inspired restaurant. Nominated for this year's James Beard Rising Star Chef of the Year. Training: Culinary Institute of America ...

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