Chef, co-owner of Lucques, 32
What she's done: Goin, who worked at Campanile for two years, the second as executive chef, just opened her own restaurant with partner Caroline Styne. She began her career in L.A. while in high school as an apprentice pastry chef at Ma Maison. She has worked in kitchens as diverse as the rustic Italian Il Forno in Providence, R.I., and at the Mediterranean Olives in Boston. She also spent two years at Berkeley's seminal Chez Panisse, and six months in the then Michelin two-star kitchen of Alain Passard's Arpege in Paris.