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April Bloomfield

Chef-restaurateur

April Bloomfield
[Photo by Neilson Barnard, Getty Images for the New York Culinary Experience]

For following her gut.

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In New York, April ­Bloomfield has elevated pub grub (the Spotted Pig and the Breslin) and ­reimagined the oyster bar (John Dory). Last fall, with partner Ken Friedman, she revived a ­century-old institution in San Francisco, the Tosca Café. Her rustic dishes tend to have idiosyncratic origins. Sometimes she’ll pour a cup of tea, pile cookbooks on the bed, and let hunger guide her creativity. Next up: a revamp of the Lusty Lady, a onetime strip club near Tosca; a second cookbook; and, possibly, a return to her U.K. homeland. “We have eyeballs in London,” she says.

About the author

Jeff Chu writes on international affairs, social issues, and design for Fast Company. His first book, Does Jesus Really Love Me?: A Gay Christian's Pilgrimage in Search of God in America, was published by HarperCollins in April 2013.

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