Chef Brett Knipmeyer makes fine dining a casual affair

Anchorage chef and restaurateur Brett Knipmeyer has a pretty good idea why he was recently selected as a regional semifinalist for a prestigious James Beard Foundation Award, and it isn't his kitchen skills. "They probably thought, 'He'd be perfect for a James Beard Award -- look at his beard!'" joked Knipmeyer.

The art of restraint

Chef Reuben Gerber is perched atop Alaska's dining scene, and he loves the view: the grandeur of Alaska's mountains, water and wildlife, the pressure of guiding one of Alaska's most revered restaurants.

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