Jean-Georges Vongerichten trained as a chef in his native Alsace region of France. He is the chef/ owner of the Vong restaurants, JoJo, and his newest restaurant, Jean Georges, which earned a rare four-star rating from the New York Times. A New York chef lauded for more than a decade, Vongerichten's numerous other accolades include the 1998 James Beard Award for Best Chef in America.
Mark Bittman is the author of two books, Leafy Greens and Fish, and the winner of the 1994 Julia Child Award for Best Single Subject Cookbook. He writes "The Minimalist" column for the New York Times, and his writing has also appeared in Eating Well, Food & Wine, BusinessWeek, and the New York Times Magazine.