Husband-and-wife team Gerry Hayden and Claudia Fleming. Manhattan transplants, he's the former chef at Amuse and she was the superstar pastry chef at Gramercy Tavern.
Hayden and Fleming's brand-new North Fork Table & Inn in Southold, New York, in Long Island's wine country (57225 Main Rd.; 631-765-0177). The couple lives nearby, in a pretty cottage on the bay, where they frequently entertain.
Three Brilliant Recipe Strategies
1. Hayden flavors his succulent main-course pork roast with a ridiculously simple pomegranate-molasses glaze.
2. For her outstanding crostada, Fleming cleverly sautés sliced apples in maple syrup so they're super-caramelized.
3. Fleming uses brown butter to pump up the rich, nutty flavor of the crostada's crunchy streusel topping.