Chris Christini, Christini's Orlando: Hidden in a sea of neon and traffic, Christini's is among the elders of Restaurant Row and still among the top tier of go-to restaurants for special occasions.

Yoshie Cabral, retired sushi chef at Disney's California Grill: One of just a handful of female sushi chefs in the United States.

Chef Jamie McFadden: A tireless mentor to young chefs, he was touting farm-to-table cuisine before Orlando had a slow-food chapter.

Beefy King: Serving Orlando's signature steamed-beef sandwiches since 1968, this local restaurant landmark has been run by the same family for three generations.

Bill Beuret and Maison et Jardin, Altamonte Springs: Chef-owner of what was the poshest dining venue in Seminole County; in 2006 it converted to a banquet facility to meet a growing need north of Orlando.

Chamberlins Natural Foods, older than Disney World, but just as wholesome: Opened in downtown Orlando in 1935, today the company is comprised of six full-service natural foods markets.

Gerald Fieser, Fieser Dairy, DeLeon Springs: Fieser's farm is the metro area's last large dairy farm. He is a stalwart educator and promoter of the farm-to-table experience and Florida's dairy industry.

Karl Edlbauer, corporate executive chef for Peabody Hotel Group: Edlbauer has been instrumental in creating a portfolio of award-winning restaurants.

Lora Gilbert, director of food and nutrition services for Orange County Public Schools: Her clear-eyed vision of what needs to be done can go a long way to turning around even the most troubled of school nutrition programs.

Herbert Felder, a one-man Whole Foods: This elderly farmer lives in Altamonte Springs and owns five acres of farmland in the Black Hammock area of Seminole County. The food he grows comes from his 100-acre farm 230 miles away near Adel, Ga.


Bert Edward Roper, Winter Garden, best known for an electronic device that made grove sprayers more efficient.

Constantine "Gus" Stamatin, founding member of the Central Florida Chefs Association.

Johnny Rivers, opened more than 23 hotel and entertainment complexes for Disney and now is a restaurant consultant.

Imogene Yarborough, Seminole County cattle rancher and one of Florida agriculture's most effective ambassadors and educators.

Talk of the Town restaurants, founded in 1974 (Charley's Steakhouse, Vito's Chop House, FishBones, MoonFish, Texas Cattle Co. and Johnnie's Hideaway).

Reimund Pitz, chef-mentor and proprietor of Le Coq Au Vin restaurant on South Orange Avenue in Orlando.

ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, a toast to old-fashioned entrepreneurship and family tradition.

Ann Resnick, put Central Florida on gourmet bakery map with desserts such as Peanut Butter Explosion and her "Colossal" cakes.