Age: 30. Why he's rising: This ranch-trained chef prepares simple, flavorful food in the tradition of chuckwagon cooking gone upscale. The restaurant is named for the ranch in Edna Ferber's book, Giant, (also made into an Academy Award-winning film in the 1950s). What Spears creates is Texas-on-a-plate, combining cowboy culture with the ingredients and flavors of the Southwest. Background: Talk about having a steak in one's future, Grady Spears worked his way up from cattleman to chef. He ...

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