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Ben Barker

Ben and Karen Barker met on their first day of class at the Culinary Institute of America and have been cooking together ever since. Voted Best Chef in the Southeast by the James Beard Foundation in 2000, Ben has also appeared on "Food & Wine"'s Ten Best New Chefs in America and Who's Who of Southern Cooking lists. Before opening Magnolia Grill, the Barkers, who live in Chapel Hill, N.C., were chefs at Restaurant La Residence and the nationally acclaimed Fearrington House.