Location: Madison, WI
Why He's Amazing: Because not only is his Asian-accented cooking both hearty and refined, he also raises his own heritage pigs.
Culinary School: Kendall College (Chicago)
Background: The Madison Club (Madison); Spring, Everest (Chicago)
Quintessential Dish: Fried suckling pig leg and blackfin tuna sashimi (with lomo-roasted potatoes, chicharrones, caramelized vegetables, Bibb lettuce and Korean chile paste)
On Cooking in Europe: "When I was in Austria, I was tucked right into the Alps. Surprisingly, their cuisine closely parallels Wisconsin's. And in Provence, too, the ingredients were very similar."
Heritage Hogs: Fox is the founder and owner of Fox Heritage Farms in Fitchburg, Wisconsin, where he raises Mangalitsas, Swabian-Halls and seven other old-fashioned hog varieties.
On the Cooking Styles He Combines: "One thing I like about Japanese cuisine is it's very ingredient focused, and French cuisine is very technique driven. If you can master both, you're pretty freakin' good."
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.