Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton Restaurant: Ox (Read a review)Location: Portland, ORWhy She's Amazing: Because she and her co-chef Greg Denton are giving true credence to the term "grill masters" at their Argentine-inspired modern steakhouse.Culinary School: California Culinary Academy (San Francisco)background: Terra (/sites/default/files/t. Helena), Metrovino (Portland, OR); Lahaina Yacht Club (Lahaina)Quintessential Dish: Beef skirt steak with chimichurriChange of Heart: Gabrielle ate a vegan diet for a while during college. "I went to UC Berkeley and I was taking a lot of environmental classes, so it just made sense, philosophically, to stop eating any form of meat." Traveling in Latin America later motivated her to reintroduce meat to her diet, though. "It was too hard," she says. "Even if you said you were not eating meat, there was still a good chance that your beans were fried with some sort of animal fat."What Makes that Steak So Good: A trough at the bottom of Ox's huge wood-fired grill catches the meat drippings. The chefs add lemon, onion, garlic and herbs to the drippings and use the mix to baste their steaks as they cook.Insider Tip: While waiting for a table at Ox, customers can pass the time at the Whey Bar, the Dentons' cocktail-focused spot adjacent to the restaurant. About Food & Wine Food & Wine, a Dotdash Meredith Brand, is an award-winning online resource for anyone passionate about the culinary world. With rigorously tested recipes and the most trusted restaurant, drinks, culinary travel and home coverage, we inspire and empower people everywhere to discover, create, and devour the best in food and wine. Learn more about us and our editorial process.