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12 LI chefs to watch

Newsday food writers Joan Reminick and Erica Marcus chat with 12 chefs who ignite some of our favorite Long Island restaurants. Click here to see the chef interactive

Chefs, clockwise from lower left, Roberto Baez of

Chefs, clockwise from lower left, Roberto Baez of Morning Rose Cafe in Bellmore, Steve Gallagher of The Trattoria in St. James, Jay Jadeja of West East All-Natural Bistro & Wine Bar in Hicksville, Chuck Treadwell of Market Bistro in Jericho, Ralph Perrazzo of BBD's in Rocky Point, Steven Scalesse of Tullulah's in Bay Shore, Ben Durham of Prime in Huntington, Jimmy Lian of Arata Sushi in Syosset, Heather West of Schafer's of Port Jefferson, Kwaku Boah of Lola in Great Neck and Nicole Roarke of J.A. Heneghan's Tavern in Point Lookout. (Not pictured is Lia Fallon of The Riverhead Project.) Credit: Newsday / Alejandra Villa

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