Scott Howard

Chef Scott Howard, whose career sails caught wind while working under famed chef Norman Van Aken in Miami, hung the shingle with his moniker on the old 500 Jackson (formerly Cypress Club) in September. He got his start in the Bay Area at Fork in San Anselmo, where he honed his global menu for the adventurous Bay Area palate.

On a recent visit, the mixed crowd, some local celebs among them (such as Mr. Williams of the Williams-Sonoma set) seemed to be enjoying themselves tremendously -- in large part due to Howard’s signature cuisine, which ranged consistently from very good to superbly excellent. -- Karen Solomon