Location: Asheville, NC
Why She's Amazing: Because she's channeling the skills she gained through her envy-inducing background to make authentic Spanish tapas.
Background: Internship at El Bulli (Roses, Spain); Jean-Georges (New York City), The Bazaar by José Andrés (Los Angeles)
Quintessential Dish: Fried eggplant with honey and rosemary
How She Got into the Food Business: Her mother was the chef-owner of a catering business in Mountain Lakes, New Jersey.
Alternative Career: Button was about to start a PhD program with the National Institutes of Health before dropping out to pursue a culinary career.
On El Bulli: After a stint as a server, Button later returned to do a seven-month internship in the pastry kitchen. "We made something like 50,000 chocolates that season," she says.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.